Frequently Asked Questions / What to Know About Tutoring
What is tutoring?
- Instruction, coaching in a variety of disciplines by knowledgeable tutors in a comfortable setting
- One-on-one and/or group tutoring, depending on demand
- Access to software programs in a variety of courses
The role of a tutor is to provide additional assistance to students with their coursework. Tutors are not substitutes for attending class and they are not responsible for teaching course material or completing course assignments. Rather, tutors are available to help clarify course content and to help students develop effective ways to learn the material. Tutors also provide students with study strategies that they can utilize for exam preparation.
Please be advised: It is strictly against the Center's policy to assist students with any graded material, including homework, projects, take-home exams, etc. For more information, please view the Student Responsibilities page.
How does tutoring work?
Tutoring is conducted on a drop-in/walk-in basis (no appointments are necessary) and is available for currently registered Farmingdale State College students. Simply check the schedules for the course you need assistance in and come prepared with your Farmingdale student ID card as well as any notes, books, or materials that will help you.
Please note: The Center only tutors students who are currently enrolled at Farmingdale State College and for courses they are currently enrolled in. If you are not a current student of the College (i.e. alumni, transferred to another institution, etc.), you are not eligible to utilize the Center's services.
Which courses can I receive tutoring in?
The Center tutors in most business, computer systems, science, and technology courses. Please see the tutoring schedules for specific tutor and course availability.
How can I access a copy of the schedules?
The tutoring schedules vary from each semester. Current schedules can be accessed here. It is advisable to check the Center’s website regularly for any up-to-minute schedule additions, revisions, or important announcements.
How much does tutoring cost?
Nothing! Tutoring is FREE of charge, sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Mandatory Student Activity Fee.
Where is tutoring held?
All tutoring sessions are currently held in the Tutoring Center, Sinclair Hall 160. Sinclair Hall is located near the Residence Halls and is just a short walk from the new School of Business building and Thompson Hall.
Who are the tutors?
Typically, there are approximately 15-20 peer and 8-10 professional tutors each semester. Some of the tutors include:
- Faculty Recommended Peer Tutors
- Graduate Students*
- Pre-Med Candidates*
- Registered Nurse
- Retired Certified Educator
- Retired Engineers
*Farmingdale State College graduate
Why should I get tutored?
- To help understand the concepts and content of the course material
- To acquire skills necessary to excel academically
- To foster self-confidence enabling a positive attitude
How can I prepare for my tutoring session?
- Go to class, listen attentively, take notes, and address questions with your instructor to clarify any difficulties or problem areas
- Attempt to do your assignments and practice problems before coming to your tutoring sessions
- Identify specific areas where help is needed prior to attending your session
- Come prepared with all necessary materials: notes, books, handouts, etc.
How do I become a peer tutor?
Peer tutors are students who have mastered course content and help to clarify material. They also provide study strategies to fellow students. All tutoring positions are paid and require a minimum time commitment of at least 4 hours per week. Please visit the Become a Peer Tutor page for more information.