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Frequently Asked Questions

What is tutoring?

Tutors share their knowledge of the subject matter. They work to provide an active learning experience for their students by explaining difficult concepts and providing examples for exploration. Tutors encourage, motivate, inspire, and enable students to develop confidence in their academic abilities. The goal of tutoring is to empower students toward becoming independent and fearless lifelong learners. 

What are the benefits of tutoring?

Tutors can provide you with valuable feedback on how to approach the course and the material. Tutoring provides content reinforcement of the material that has been presented in the classroom.

Do I have to pay for tutoring? 

No. Tutoring is a free service to currently enrolled KCC students.

Who receives tutoring?

Everyone! Some of the students who come to the tutor labs are already doing well in their classes and want to do better or get ahead. You might be surprised to know that some of our tutors receive tutor assistance from their peers. It is very important to take advantage of tutoring services before you fall too far behind. Tutoring will not help you if you sign up for a last-minute session before the big test!

What should I bring to my tutoring sessions?

Your tutor will be able to assist you in the most effective manner when you bring your syllabus, textbook, class notes, assignment details, questions, and your work to date.  

What happens during a tutoring session?

Your tutor will ask you what you need, and how you have approached the subject so far. He or she will involve you in a discussion of the course material. Tutors are trained to help you find your own correct answers. They assist you with basic reading/writing/math skills necessary for success in your college courses. Your tutor will also help you with note taking and test taking skills, and tips on how to study your particular subject.

Who are the tutors?

KCC peer tutors are students who have been recommended by their instructors and who have earned a grade of B or better in the course. Tutors are also faculty members, retired teachers, and community professionals who are committed to and enjoy helping students learn. Learn more about our tutoring staff.

Do I need an appointment or an instructor referral to see a tutor?

No. Tutoring is available on a walk-in and first come, first served basis during open lab hours. However, an instructor may advise you to visit the tutoring center if he/she feels that you can benefit from the services offered.

Can tutors help me with a take home test or quiz?

No. Tutors are advised not to and will not help students with a take home test or quiz. However, tutors may assist students with working through similar problems that may appear on a test or quiz.

Can I study in the tutoring center?

No. The tutoring labs have limited seating capacity. Students are encouraged to utilize the Miner Memorial Library located on the first floor adjacent to the front desk reception area. Students also may use other spaces on campus that they find conducive to studying.

Can students form a study group with the assistance of a tutor?

Yes. We encourage students to form study groups. To request a tutor to assist your group, complete a group tutoring request form.

Can I receive tutoring if I have a disability?

Yes. If you have a documented disability please contact the Office of Disability Services to ensure you receive the proper accommodations and support services needed for a successful educational experience.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Disability Services to receive such services.