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What To Do If We Can’t Find You A Tutor

What To Do If We Don’t Have A Tutor


The Learning Cooperative works hard to locate tutors for lower-division, large enrollment courses that traditionally offer students the most challenge.  However, we may not have a tutor for the course you requested for a number of reasons.  Here are some alternate methods of getting the academic help you need: 


  1. Approach the faculty member, Teaching Assistants (TA’s), and/or the lab instructors (check the syllabus) associated with the course.  If you are unsure of their office hours, talk to the professor after class and make an appointment. 


  1. If it is a course where Supplemental Instruction (SI) is offered, attend SI sessions.  The courses offering SI and the times of the SI sessions are posted in class and are available from the Academic Counselors.  They are also available on-line at:


  1. Sometimes the issue is not the content in the course but rather your ability to manage the amount of work required in a timely manner.  Sign up for a FREE learning skills session on time management and/or other techniques (textbook reading, note taking, test preparation, test taking, etc.) that will help you refine the skills you need to succeed. 


  1. Attend FREE help sessions that might be offered by that department’s honor society, student club, or graduate students.  Biology and Economics have done this in the past, and the Learning Co-op has their schedules.  Also, ask at each department’s office to learn what is offered. 


  1. If it is a physics or astronomy course, attend the FREE physics and astronomy help sessions offered by the Physics department.  The schedules are available on-line at:


  1. If it is a math course, attend the FREE math help sessions offered by the Mathematics department.  The schedules are available on-line at:


  1. Organize a study group by asking your classmates to be study partners. 


  1. If your tutor request is within the scope of our tutoring program, have your request put on our waiting list and check back with us in 2 to 3 weeks. 


9.   Go to the library or bookstore and consult another book on the same subject.  Sometimes other books present material more clearly than the course text does. 


  1. Access all the ancillary materials available in the course.  Check the syllabus for things like:  materials on reserve in the library, CD’s and/or DVD’s that come with the textbook, the professor’s web site, the textbook publisher’s website, the web site for the course – especially if the course is taught through WebCT. 


  1. Search for web sites that provide instructional material.  Often, these sites are free. 


  1. Seek a private tutor.  The department teaching the course may maintain lists of graduate students or tutors outside UVM who offer academic assistance for a fee. 

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