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Individual Tutoring

Want to make sure that you understand a concept fully? Trying to figure out how to study for that upcoming exam? Having trouble figuring out how to get that paper started?

Individual tutoring sessions give you an opportunity to work with a peer tutor on your specific concerns for a specific course. 

All of our tutors have successfully completed the course on their own and received additional training in study and learning techniques to help you figure out the best way to be a successful student. 

Find out more about individual tutoring sessions:

What happens during an individual tutoring session?

Because an individual tutoring session is designed to help you, you really help set the agenda of an individual tutoring session. So, come prepared with questions regarding the course material. 

Most sessions begin with an informal conversation about the course and your concerns. This exchange is essential to a productive tutoring session. The tutor, especially if this is your first time meeting with him or her, needs to learn about you, the class, and your understanding of course concepts. It might be difficult to talk about your concerns for the course, but if you are honest and involved in the conversation, you and the tutor can focus in on your strengths and the obstacles to your success. 

The tutor may not be able to address all of your concerns in one session, but together, you will create a plan for this session. And at the end of your session, if you plan on returning to work with the tutor again, the two of you can also create academic goals for the course to return to in later sessions.
During the session, you can expect the conversation to continue. Our tutors understand their role - they do not teach or lecture - but guide you in your understanding of the course material. Their training includes strategies to use to help you on your path to success. These strategies include

  • Asking open-ended questions
  • Modeling how to solve problems
  • Using charts, tables, etc. to help organize course material

In addition to the strategies they use in sessions, tutors often offer helpful hints in how to study including how to

  • Create practice quiz/test questions
  • Manage your study time
  • Take better notes in class

These are just a few of the strategies, tips, and techniques our tutors have in their toolbox. Their own experiences and their training combine to give them access to many different ways to support you as you find your own path to success.

Note: Our tutors will not do the work for you , but they do work with you to find a strategy that helps you.

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What does the Learning Center expect of me?

When you come to the Learning Center to make your appointment, you will be asked to sign a Contract for Tutorial Services. This document outlines our expectations of every student who uses our services.

Of utmost importance is that you come to the session prepared. Since you are ultimately responsible for your success in the course, you need to be actively involved in the class and the tutoring session.  Remember to bring the appropriate materials to your tutoring session (including the course textbook, syllabus, course documents, notebook, and pen or pencil).

We also have guidelines concerning appointments. Appointments should be made at least a day in advance. And as much as we love to help you, we do limit the number of tutoring sessions you can attend. You are only allowed two tutorial sessions in two different courses per week (total of four sessions). Any exception to these policies must be approved by a Learning Center professional staff member.

Life happens and sometimes you may need to cancel an appointment. Please give the Learning Center at least two hours notice. If an appointment is canceled less than two hours in advance or if you come to the session more than fifteen minutes late, it will count as a "no-show." Three cancellations or two no-shows may mean dismissal from the program for the remainder of the semester.

While we do not generate reports that are sent to your professor, professors - or other appropriate members of the campus community (like advisors or program directors) - sometimes ask for information regarding student use of our services. If asked, and with your permission, we send an update that covers the number of visits, name of tutor(s), and material covered in tutoring session(s) attended.

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How do I schedule an individual tutoring appointment?

Since you must complete the "Contract for Tutorial Services" all appointments must be made in person at our Learning Center Front Desk. Our schedule changes with each semester so please see this semester's times under Hours

If you are unable to stop by the Learning Center during our normal hours of operation, please contact the Learning Center at [email protected] . Appointments must be made in person, but we are happy to try to answer any questions that you may have about our services (our office hours are between 8:00 and 4:30).

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Contact Information

Claude J. Clark Learning Center at SUNY Plattsburgh

Feinberg Library, Room 103 (First Floor)
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Phone: (518) 564-6138
Fax: (518) 564-6140
Email: [email protected]