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How to make the best use of tutoring services

Tutoring provides some of the most dynamic study opportunities available. Attending tutoring sessions enhances classroom learning and can save students time. Many students are not aware of the multiple tutoring programs available around the PCC campus.

For a list of all tutoring services available at PCC, go to:

Strategies to maximize the tutoring experience:

  • Expect to receive tutoring every semester.
  • Avoid misperceptions regarding tutoring (such as "tutoring is only for students with special needs."  The fact is that students regulary receiving tutoring in the LAC have a higher GPA on the average than students who do not receive tutoring).
  • Find out where and when tutoring is available.
  • Don't be afraid to notify your instructor that you are receiving tutoring.
  • If tutoring is not available in your subject, ask why it is not.
  • If tutoring is not available when you are, ask if it could be.
  • Attend tutoring sessions early in the semester.
  • Attend tutoring sessions regularly.
  • Don't expect tutors to do homework for you.
  • Come prepared for your tutoring sessions.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions (no question is too simple).
  • Expect to have tutors listen to you and ask questions to clarify the problem.
  • Arrive in the earlier part of walk-in sessions, not just before the ending time.
  • Understand that group tutoring is often more beneficial than one-on-one tutoring.
  • Don't expect tutors to have all the answers.
  • Don't talk negatively about your teachers to the tutor; they can't change that.
  • Utilize your tutor as another resource for your learning, along with your library, learning center, teacher, and fellow students.