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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Will I be able to ask my individual questions at CFL Study Tables?

ANSWER: Yes! At Study Tables, tutors will move from student to student, answering individual and group questions. If the tutor cannot answer your question, he or she will be sure to refer you back to your faculty member.

What if I want a guaranteed one-hour tutoring session for one of the courses covered by CFL Study Tables?

ANSWER: You are welcome to contact your faculty member or the Center for Learning for a private tutoring referral. Costs for these private services are variable.

Cost

What's the cost of tutoring at Center for Learning (CFL) Study Tables or Study Sessions?

ANSWER: These services are FREE of charge to SPU undergraduate students. See Chart of Tutoring Options to know what courses are covered this quarter.

How much does private tutoring cost?

ANSWER: This is determined by the tutor.  When students sign up to be private tutors, they indicate whether they charge a fee or offer tutoring for free as a form of community service.  For more info about private tutor fees, stop by the Center for Learning (Lower Moyer Hall).

What if I need a private tutor but am concerned about the cost?

ANSWER: We are encouraging SPU Academic Service groups from various departments to offer free tutoring for students who are unable to cover the cost of private tutoring.  We will do our best to connect you to any resources we know of.

Scheduling

How do I set up an appointment with a tutor?

ANSWER:

If there is a Tutor-led Study Table or Study Session for your class, you don't need to make an appointment.  You can drop in as often as you want to ask questions, do your homework, or study for exams. See the Chart of Tutoring Options to know if your course is covered and when the Study Table or Study Session will be held.

If you want to meet with a private tutor, contact the tutor via email to schedule an appointment time that works for both of you.  Private tutor contact info is available at the Center for Learning (Lower Moyer Hall).


If you want a private tutor but the Center for Learning doesn't have any recommendations,
we encourage you to contact your faculty member for further assistance. 

Tutor Selection

How are CFL tutors selected for Study Tables or Study Sessions?

ANSWER:  CFL tutors are enrolled SPU undergrad students who have been recommended by faculty members as well qualified based on both their academic and interpersonal skills.  Our tutors are trained by the Center for Learning staff and receive ongoing supervision.

How do tutors get on the private tutor referral list?

ANSWER:  Private tutors on the referral list are enrolled SPU undergrad students who have either (1) been recommended by faculty members who teach the course(s) they tutor or (2) have recommended themselves based on their past experience in tutoring settings.  When you request a tutor referral, the Center for Learning will tell you how the tutor was recommended.

How can I become a private tutor and get my name on the referral list?

ANSWER: 

To be a "faculty recommended" tutor, contact a faculty member who knows your academic performance well in the subject area that you would like to tutor.  If the faculty member chooses to recommend you, he or she should send an email to mjallen@spu.edu that tells what courses you are qualified to tutor.  We will then respond to you with further information.

To recommend yourself as a tutor, send a message to cfltutoring@spu.edu. This is the choice often made by students who are new to SPU but have had previous experience as a tutor in other settings.  Once we receive your message, we will respond with further information.

Other Questions

Will I be able to ask my individual questions at CFL Study Tables and Study Sessions?

ANSWER: Yes! At Study Tables, tutors will move from student to student, answering individual and group questions.  At Study Sessions, you are welcome to pose individual questions.  If the tutor cannot answer your question, he or she will be sure to refer you back to your faculty member.

What if I want a guaranteed one-hour tutoring session for one of the courses covered by CFL Study Tables or Study Sessions?

ANSWER: You are welcome to contact your faculty member or the Center for Learning for a private tutoring referral.  Costs for these private services are variable.

Want more information about becoming a private tutor? Check out our Info for Private Tutors page for more details.