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Tutoring-FAQs

Tutees

How can I get a tutor?

For help with any paper you write for a UMBC course, you can make an appointment or walk-in at the Writing Center.  For help on 100-200 level math classes, you can walk-in to the Math Lab.  For other 100-200 level courses, you can request a tutor using this form online.  

Who are the tutors?

The tutors are your fellow students at UMBC that have demonstrated success in the subject they tutor.

How much tutoring can I get a week?

Through appointment tutoring we are only able to provide one hour of tutoring a week for each subject area. If you are using the Math Lab and Writing Center you are more than welcome to use the services as often as you like while they are open.

Can I get tutoring in 300- or 400-level courses?

There is tutoring for limited 300-level courses, mainly CHEM 351 and 352, BIOL 302 and 303, MATH 301, and some 300-level Spanish classes. The Writing Center also will work with you on any paper that you write for any UMBC course.

How long will it take before I’m contacted regarding a tutor? And how will I be contacted?

After you fill out the Tutor Request Form, you should be contacted within the week. It depends on how many hours we have open and how many tutors we have for that subject whether we are able to successfully schedule you. All contact takes place over email.

Is there a limit to how many different classes I can be tutored?

No, you can be tutored in as many classes as you are signed up for as long as they are courses for which we offer tutoring.

How long is the tutoring session?

The tutoring session typically lasts fifty minutes to an hour for appointment tutoring, and around 30 to 40 minutes for Writing Center.  Most students are in the Math Lab for over an hour working on the subject.

Is there specialized tutoring for students with disabilities?

Tutoring is available to all UMBC undergraduate students and is an inclusive, free service.  Students who are registered with the Office of Student Disability Services and need accommodations in tutoring should indicate so on their tutor request (for example, a student may require an ASL interpreter).

Can I bring my child with me to a tutoring session?

No, all tutoring is done in small groups with fellow classmates. A child in the mix will just provide distraction which would not be fair to the other students getting tutored.

Can I bring my friends with me to a tutoring session?

If your friends are scheduled for the same session, then they will already be there. Otherwise we ask that friends not attend.

Can I eat lunch while getting tutored?

Eating in the tutoring rooms is not permitted for Appointment Tutoring. We would like to keep these rooms as clean as possible. Eating could also be distracting to other students participating in the session.  You are allowed to have food in the Math Lab and Writing Center, please just try to keep it quiet and unobtrusive.

Do you have on-on-one tutors?

All of our appointment tutoring is done in small groups of up to, but not exceeding, four people. Depending on the course and the hour, you might find yourself in a one-on-one situation but that can change anytime over the semester. The only exception to this is ESL tutoring which is all individual.

Can I select my own tutor?

You can write down your preference for a tutor but it is not guaranteed that you will be placed with that person. It all depends on the schedules of you and the tutor.

My tutor and I don’t get along, could I get another tutor?

If you are having problems with your tutor you should inform Sam Riley and she will see what she can do to rectify the situation. This may result in you being placed with another tutor but it is not guaranteed.

What should a new tutee do when they first show for tutoring?

The student should sign in on the computer in the room and then wait for the tutor. If the tutor does not show, please fill out the absentee form so we can try to reschedule you.

Do I have to pay for tutoring?

No, tutoring is a free service supplied by the University.


Tutors

How can I become a tutor?

The minimum requirements for becoming a tutor are an overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in the subject area you want to tutor and at least 28 credits. Please visit our Tutor Information page to apply.

How much will I make per hour as a tutor?

As a beginning tutor you will make $9 per hour. After completing the first level of training and one semester of tutoring you will get a raise to $9.25. If you choose to complete Level 2 training and another semester of tutoring then you will be making $10. For the few that complete the third level, becoming a “Master Tutor,” and tutor for another semester, you will earn $11 per hour.

When will I receive my first paycheck?

When you receive your first paycheck depends on when you are added to the payroll. At the time you meet with the Administrative Assistant to be put on payroll, ask her when you might expect your first check.

How do I get on payroll?

To get on payroll, make an appointment with Lorine Dabeck. She will make all the necessary arrangements.

Where’s my timesheet? How do I get one?

Your timesheet is now online!  You can get to it through clicking on your name in MyUMBC and then profile, you will see a link for “Employee Timesheets”. If you have additional questions, contact your coordinator or Lorine Dabeck.