Private Tutors FAQ

What is my role as a private tutor?

To encourage students to better understand their course material, offering insight and clarification as needed. It is not your role to do the students’ home work or give answers for exam questions. Students are responsible for their own work and grades.

How many hours a week do I have to be available to tutor?

That’s up to you. If someone contacts you for an appointment and you don’t have time, respond and recommend the individual contact another tutor. The student can get further recommendations from the Center for Learning or faculty members.

How will students interested in tutoring contact me?

We will give them your email address. We recommend that you respond to all requests within one business day, even if you need to say you are unavailable.

What should I do if I need to cancel a tutoring appointment I made with a student?

Send an email to the student immediately and try to reschedule. Except in cases of emergency, we recommend that you give a student 48-hours notice if you need to cancel a session.

Where should I meet with the students I tutor?

All tutoring sessions should take place in well-lit, public areas. Below is a list of recommended meeting places on campus. No tutoring should take place in private residence hall rooms, private homes/apartments, or behind closed doors. This will help maintain the safety of both parties.

Recommended tutoring locations:

How much should I charge for tutoring services?

It is up to you. For the tutoring referral list, choose between one of three options:

  • Specific dollar amount per hour (At the CFL, we pay our tutors $11 per hour.)
  • Rate is variable (So you could occasionally adapt your rate for students with challenging financial situations.)
  • No charge (Tutoring other students as a form of community service.)

How will I get paid?

You will need to arrange with the student when you will be paid. We recommend that the student pay only for one session at a time so you are not faced with refunding money for sessions you need to cancel.

How does payment work if I am tutoring a student athlete?

Since the Athletic Department pays for their tutoring, student athletes will not give you cash immediately. Instead, the next business day after your tutoring session, the athlete needs to submit a voucher listing your tutoring hours to the Athletic Department Office. You will then be paid via check or direct deposit through the Finance Office. This process takes a bit more time, but you will want to seriously consider participating because the Athletic Department pays for many hours of tutoring each quarter.

What if a student asks a question I can’t answer?

We strongly recommend that you are honest with students about what you know and don’t know. When you don't know something, recommend that the student contact his or her faculty member for clarification.

Have more questions? Email the Center for Learning at cfl@spu.edu.

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