Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to schedule an appointment?
How long do sessions last?
How many times can I see a tutor?
What if I miss an appointment?
What can I expect from my tutor?
Where will I go for my session?
Who else will be in my group?
What if I have questions between tutoring sessions?
Can I meet with a tutor one-on-one?
What are the qualifications of my tutor?

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

Appointments are encouraged since sessions fill up quickly.  However, you can just stop in and see if a tutor is available. 


How long do sessions last?

Sessions start on the hour and last 50 minutes.


How many times can I see a tutor?

You can schedule two standing appointments a week, per class.  You can also schedule as many one-time appointments as you’d like.


What if I miss an appointment?

If you are scheduled for a standing session, your attendance is expected. Of course, attending all sessions will help your success!  After your third absence, you will be removed from the session so a student waiting can get in.


What can I expect from my tutor?

You can expect your tutor to be knowledgeable in the subject area, trained, and have resources available to help guide your session.  His or her main goal is to help you become a more confident student.  Your tutor will ask you questions and give examples or alternatives that will help you to understand the subject matter better.  He or she won’t do your homework for you—success is ultimately up to you!

 

Where will I go for my session?

Tutoring is held in the tutoring lab on the bottom floor of the Student Center.  You will be assigned a table number and can simply go to the table when your session is ready to begin.

 

Who else will be in my group?

There may be as many as three students and one peer tutor in each tutoring session.  English sessions may have two students. All students will be enrolled in the same course.


What if I have questions between tutoring sessions?

If you have questions between scheduled appointments, you can always stop in and see if a tutor is available. Otherwise, there are other resources on campus: the Math Lab, Writing Center, and our online tutoring service Brainfuse.


Can I meet with a tutor one-on-one?

One-on-one sessions can be scheduled for those with special needs.  If that is the case, the student needs to go through the Disability Service’s office (2nd floor of the Student Center) and discuss the appropriate accommodations with the Coordinator.


What are the qualifications of my tutor?

Tutors have gone through the class, earned and A or B, been recommended by a professor, and been trained through our certified program.