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Starting Point Tutoring Center

The Starting Point Tutoring Center provides free tutoring services for Starting Point students. These include tutoring by appointment and walk-in tutoring. Most of the tutors are professionals with degrees and many years of tutoring and/or teaching experience.

The Tutoring Center is located in T4301a, next to the Learning Center.

The semester hours are generally 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Friday.

How to use the Starting Point Tutoring Center

Know the Rules

  • You are allowed two appointments per course per week.
  • Schedule and cancel tutoring appointments through TutorTrac.

Prepare for the Tutoring Session by Coming with a List of Questions

“I don’t know where to start.” or “I don’t understand the assignment.”

  • Bring your book, syllabus and assignment sheet.
  • This may be a short session where you and the tutor brainstorm about what needs to be done and then you can start the assignment on your own.

“I’m stuck, how do I…”

  • Again, come prepared with your book, syllabus, and assignment sheet.
  • Be prepared to explain what you’re tried, and why it didn’t work.
  • Make sure to show your work.  Tutors can then see where you made mistakes and how to help you fix those mistakes.
  • When working independently, don’t stop the first time you get confused.  Continue on with the rest of your homework so that when you’re working with the tutor you can keep asking questions after your first question gets answered.
  • When you and the tutor figure out what needs to be fixed be prepared to finish your work independently.

“Can you look over this and make sure I didn’t make any mistakes.”

  • It is not the tutor’s responsibility to make sure you have a 100% perfect assignment to turn in. The tutor’s job is to help students learn and improve.
  • A tutor may take one math problem or one paragraph and see if they can find any mistakes. If mistakes are found the tutor may review them with you, explain what’s wrong, how to fix it, and then you can continue looking for similar mistakes and fixing them on your own.

“I just got my assignment back and I didn’t do as well as I expected.  Can you review it with me?”

  • This is a great way to learn from your mistakes. Everyone will have a test or paper that doesn’t go as well as expected. What went wrong?  
  • A tutor will go over it with you, explaining where you made mistakes and how to fix them in the future. If you don’t learn from those mistakes the next assignment will probably have the same results as the first.

Thank your tutor

  • Tutors work hard to make sure you get the information you need to succeed. A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Tutors also love to hear about how you’re progressing in your classes. Gifts are not needed or expected.

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