Tutoring Frequently Asked Questions

What tutoring services does DSU offer?

  • On-campus tutoring
    • Individual and small-group tutoring is available at the Karl Mundt Library and Learning Commons, on a walk-in basis.
      • Tutoring is available in a variety of subjects, including Accounting, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Networking, Programming, and Hardware courses.
    • First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Help Nights
      • English, Math, Science, and Computer Help Nights are available for students in the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program.
      • Help Nights are held Monday – Thursday from 8 – 10 PM in Higbie Hall. See your RA's or RD for more information!
  • Online Tutoring
    • E-tutoring (online) sessions are available to DSU distance students, and University Center students in some subject areas.
      • Sessions may be scheduled Sunday 2 – 10 PM, and Monday – Thursday 6 – 10 PM.
      • Sessions must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by contacting Patti Beck at patti.beck@dsu.edu or 605-256-5900
  • Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    • The DSU Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides writing assistance to students both on the DSU campus and at a distance.
    • Students can request writing assistance or feedback on writing assignments by submitting their essays to OWL@pluto.dsu.edu.
  • Math Success Center
    • Located in room 121 in the Habegar Science Building (SC121)
    • The Math Center provides a supporting tutoring and testing environment for the Math 021 and 101 courses on campus. Students will have access to instructors or tutors on a daily basis.
    • Ask your instructor for information on tutoring schedules or check the Math Success Center website.

Who receives tutoring?

Many students believe that getting help from tutors is something you do only if you're having problems in a class. In reality, all kinds of students use tutoring services, even if they're already doing well in their courses. Tutoring is simply an effective means of studying. When you interact with a tutor, your brain processes the information more effectively than if you study passively. Plus, the tutor can help you identify what you don't know and show you more productive ways of learning.

How do I make arrangements to receive tutoring?

On-campus tutoring operates on a walk-in basis, no appointment is needed. Online tutoring sessions must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by contacting the Tutoring Coordinator at Patti.Beck@dsu.edu or 605-256-5900.

How much does tutoring cost?

Both on-campus and online tutoring is available to students FREE of charge. DSU wants to make sure everyone has an opportunity to succeed in college, and this is just one of the ways we show our dedication to that cause.

What should I bring to the tutoring session?

You should bring any course-related materials (textbook, class notes, handouts, previous exams, study guides, etc.) that will help make the tutoring session as productive as possible. If you have questions about what is expected on your assignment, try to ask your instructor before you come to tutoring.

What happens in a tutoring session?

At the beginning of the session, you will show the tutor your work or assignment and explain where you are getting stuck - it helps if you have specific questions. The tutor will help you work through the material, class notes, text, and assignments. Tutors are trained to listen, ask questions, and assist students in the learning process.

Who are the tutors?

Tutors are students who have already taken the course in which you are being tutored, have been recommended by the department, and have been trained in tutoring techniques.

How are tutors evaluated?

Everyone who attends a tutoring session is encouraged to fill out a survey form, available at http://www.dsu.edu/academics/tutoring/evaluation.aspx. Please feel free to discuss questions or concerns with your tutor and/or the Tutoring Coordinator.

How can I become a tutor?

New tutors are hired in November for the spring semester and April for the fall semester (depending on need). If you are interested in becoming a tutor, contact the Tutoring Coordinator for more information. To qualify as a tutor, students must have successfully completed the course(s) they intend to tutor with a grade of A or B or have equivalent documented experience, be able to explain concepts effectively, and possess excellent communication and study skills.


Last Updated: 9/5/12