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About the Tutoring Center: Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are frequently asked questions about the Tutoring Center. Have a question that isn't answered below? Please send an e-mail to TutoringCenter@farmingdale.edu.


  • Instruction, coaching in a variety of disciplines by knowledgeable tutors in a comfortable setting
  • Individual and/or group tutoring, depending on demand

The role of a tutor is to provide additional assistance to students with their coursework. Tutors are NOT teachers. They 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.

Tutoring is conducted on a walk-in basis (the Center does not take appointments) and is available for currently registered Farmingdale State College students. Sessions may be individual or in a group setting, depending on demand. 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. Students are expected to come into the Center with specific questions and concepts in which they need further assistance. 

Please note: The Center is only permitted to tutor students who are currently enrolled at Farmingdale State College and for courses in which they are currently enrolled. Regrettably, if you are not a current student of the College (i.e. alumni, transferred to another institution, community member, etc.), you are not eligible to utilize the Center's services.

The Center offers assistance in many business, computer systems, science, and technology related courses. Please see the tutoring schedules for specific tutor and course availability.

The tutoring schedules vary from each semester. Current schedules can be accessed by visiting the Tutoring Schedules page. It is advisable to check the Center’s website regularly for any up-to-minute schedule additions, revisions, or important announcements.

Nothing! Tutoring is FREE of charge, sponsored in part by the Student Government Association.

The Center is open to students Monday through Friday, on days when classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters. Please visit the Tutoring Center homepage for the latest hours. Limited tutoring services are often available during Summer Sessions A & B. The Center is not open during the January winter intercession. 

All tutoring sessions are held in the Tutoring Center, Greenley Hall, Room 211 (on the second floor of the Library, next to the Writing Center).

Typically, there are approximately 15-20 peer and 8-10 professional tutors each semester. Peer tutors must be faculty recommended and must have received an A- or A in the courses they tutor. Some of our professional tutors have included:

  • Accountant
  • Certified NYS educators
  • Graduate Students (FSC alumni)
  • Medical Students
  • Registered Nurses
  • Retired Engineers

Before coming in for a tutoring session, it is highly recommended that students do the following:

  • Go to class, listen attentively, take notes, and address questions with your instructor to clarify any difficulties or problem areas. Remember: tutors are NOT teachers. They are not responsible for teaching you any material. Rather, they are available to assist you with specific concepts that you learned in class.
  • Attempt to do your assignments and practice problems before coming to your tutoring sessions. Tutors are NOT permitted to do any assignments for you (exams, quizzes, homework, etc). This is a violation of the College's policy on Academic Integrity. 
  • Identify specific concepts/areas where help is needed prior to attending your session. 
  • Come prepared with all necessary materials: notes, books, handouts, etc. The Center does not maintain copies of textbooks or other class materials. However, students may utilize textbooks on reserve from the Library.

Yes! As of the fall 2018 semester, online tutoring is available for currently registered FSC students through NetTutor. There is no cost to use this service. Please login to Blackboard Learn to access the Online tutoring group for additional information.

No, unfortunately the Center does not provide tutoring for any type of standardized test, including but not limited to: GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT. At this time, tutoring is only available for courses that are currently being offered at the College. 

No, the Center does not offer placement testing or test proctoring services. Test proctoring services are typically available from the Disability Services Center in Roosevelt Hall. Please e-mail DSC@farmingdale.edu for more information.

Please visit the Become a Peer Tutor page for more information.