FAQ

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WHO MAY USE THE TUTOR PROGRAM?

The College Core Tutor Program is designed to help undergraduate students enrolled in Core and other introductory courses. Tutors are generally willing to help students in advanced classes, but they are not required to do so, and the intended users of the program always have priority.

WHAT SUBJECTS AND CLASSES CAN TUTORS HELP ME WITH?

The College Core Tutor Program focuses on scientific and quantitative subjects.  Tutors in the program assist students in chemistry, economics, mathematics, biology, computer science, statistics and physics introductory classes.

The College Core Tutor Program is separate from the Writing Program, whose tutors help students with their essay assignments for Core Humanities, Social Sciences, and Civilization courses.

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I FIND A TUTOR?

Tutors in all subjects are stationed in the North Reading Room of the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center (enter from the 3rd floor of Harper Memorial, East Tower) on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  Tutors are available beginning the second week of each quarter and continuing through exam week. 

Information on the Writing Tutors' schedule may be found on their webpage.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

No. Students are tutored on a first-come, first-helped basis. Therefore, you might have a short wait if several students want to see the same tutor.

HOW LONG WILL I BE PERMITTED TO MEET WITH THE TUTOR?

The Tutor Program offers great flexibility with average help times.  In periods of low demand, Core Tutors will try to be available for as long as a student needs.

WHAT IF THERE IS A LINE WHEN I SHOW UP?

Some nights are busier than others, so you should expect a short wait until a tutor is available. With this in mind, you are encouraged to continue studying the course material with which you need help, or bring work from other classes, so that you have something to do while waiting.

an_ancient_chinese_public_exam_0.jpgWHAT SORT OF PROBLEMS CAN THE TUTORS HELP WITH?

Tutors are expected to help mostly with material studied in class (e.g. concepts and principles) and not to focus on particular problems assigned as homework. When helping with homework, tutors will assist students by using analogies and general examples to help students solve the assigned problems on their own.

WHAT IF I NEED MORE HELP THAN THE TUTORS CAN GIVE ME?

You should first see your course instructor and TA to discuss any problems you’re having with course material.  In addition, educational counselors are available through the Academic Skills Assessment Program.  A.S.A.P. counselors help students assess and strengthen writing and study skills by focusing on time management, reading comprehension, test strategies, and other academic concerns. For more information, contact the Student Counseling and Resource Service at 702-9800 or look at the A.S.A.P. website.

I HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A TUTOR, OR ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN GENERAL. WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT?

The College Core Tutor Program works hard to provide students with the best possible assistance. If you have complaints or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the program director at schinniah@uchicago.edu.  All comments are confidential.

I WANT TO BE A TUTOR. HOW DO I APPLY?

If you are a student in Computer Science, you should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in your department to express interest in tutoring.  For the other subjects, please contact us and attach a CV/resume.