Tutoring Center - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the role of a tutor?

The role of a tutor is to provide additional assistance to students with their coursework. Tutors are not course instructors; they are not substitutes for attending class and they are not responsible for teaching the course material. Rather, tutors are available to help students clarify course content and develop effective ways to learn the material. Tutors also provide learning resources and study strategies that students 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. In addition, tutors are not permitted to directly provide students with answers for assignments.

Which courses can I receive tutoring in?

Although tutoring is not available for every subject or course offered at the College, the Center typically facilitates assistance in over 100 courses each semester, including some in: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Systems, Computer Security Technology, Dental Hygiene, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology. Assistance in additional subject areas may vary each semester based on staffing. 

Always visit the Tutoring Courses page for the latest tutoring course availability.

Who is eligible to use the Center's services?

The Tutoring Center's services are available to all Farmingdale State College students for courses in which they are currently enrolled. 

Please note: The Center is not able to assist individuals who are not current students of the College (i.e. alumni, transferred to another institution, community member, etc.), or for courses in which they are not currently enrolled at the College (enrolled at FSC, but seeking tutoring in a course they are completing at another institution).

How much does tutoring cost?

All of the Center's services, including face-to-face tutoring and online/remote tutoring are provided free of charge to all currently enrolled students.

When can I get tutored?

The Center is open to students Monday through Friday, on days when classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters. Operating hours vary each semester based on the tutoring schedule. The Center is not open during the January intersession. Limited tutoring services are typically available during the summer.

Where are the tutoring sessions held?

Tutoring sessions are conducted in the Center's facility in Greenley Hall (Library), Learning Loft, Room 302. If students request a remote appointment, their session will be held remotely on Blackboard Collaborate.

Who are the tutors?

Typically, there are 15-20 peer and 8-10 professional tutors each semester. Peer tutors are faculty recommended and must have received an A- or better in each course they tutor. Professional tutors must have at least a Bachelor's degree and at least one year of tutoring or teaching assistant experience in a higher education setting.

How can I prepare for my tutoring session?

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.

Does the Center offer tutoring for standardized tests?

No, unfortunately, the Center does not provide tutoring for any type of standardized test, including but not limited to GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT. 

Does the Center offer test proctoring services?

No, test proctoring is typically available from the Disability Services Center.

Does the Center provide private tutoring?

No, the Center does not offer or facilitate any private tutoring services.

I'm interested in becoming a peer tutor. How do I get started?

Please visit the Tutoring Center Employment Opportunities page for more information.

Still could use some help? Email us and we will get back to you shortly.

tutoring center

Greenley Hall, Learning Loft, Room 302


Michael Londis
Director, Tutoring Center


Ashley Perrone
Assistant Director, Tutoring Center

Office Hours | Fall 2022

Monday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Effective Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, December 16.

Please view the Tutoring Schedule for specific tutor availability and to book an appointment.

Last Modified 8/19/22