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How Tutoring Works

How Tutoring Works

Do I have to pay for tutoring services?

No. All tutoring is free of charge!

What subjects are your tutors prepared to help me with?

Our tutors can help you with math, science, writing, and study skills.  We also offer tutoring in foreign languages and accounting at the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses.  Even if your class isn't listed as one of our specialties, our tutors will try to help you with any Roane State class. 

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

No. For the most part, our Learning Centers operate on a drop-in basis. Sometimes, if multiple students need help with the same material, our tutors will group them together into a small study group.  If you find that you need to schedule an appointment for some reason, you should speak with the Learning Center Specialist. For appointments at the Harriman campus, contact Jenny Rowan, for the Oak Ridge campus, contact Robin Leib, and for the Cumberland campus, contact Ann Berry.

What do I need to bring with me when I come to the Learning Center?

Please bring anything that might help both you and the tutor achieve success during the session.  This may include:

  • your instructor's written assignment instructions
  • textbook(s)
  • class notes
  • course syllabus
  • class handouts
  • previously graded assignments or tests

What occurs during a tutoring session?

Tutoring sessions vary based on the subject matter and the needs of each individual student or study group.  Our tutors want you to succeed—not just on one test or assignment, but in all of your courses.  To make sure that you're learning the material, we expect you to do the work on your own. Our job is to serve as your knowledgeable guide along the way. For example:

  • When you bring in a writing assignment, rather than proofreading your paper, we'll give you some suggestions on how to improve your writing skills, pointing out some examples in your draft to help you get started. 
  • When you come in for math tutoring, we won't go through each math problem and show you how to complete your assignment but will instead work with you on a few sample problems and remain available in case you get stuck. 
  • When you need help preparing for a test, we will work with you to develop strong study skills.

Regardless of the subject area you want help with, our tutors will:

  • Welcome you and get to know you as a student
  • Work with you to set an agenda for the session, privileging your concerns and goals
  • Model effective academic practices
  • Follow up with you to ensure that you better understand the material/are more comfortable with an assignment AND that you have new techniques you can independently apply to your learning and writing after you leave the Learning Center

My instructor wants to know more about what we've discussed during our session.  Do you provide that information?

We only provide specific information about a tutoring session at a student’s request.  If you want to share what occurred during your tutoring session, we'd be happy to provide you with a summary of what took place so that you can give this information to your instructor.

Most writing tutors will ask you to fill out the top of our Learning Center consultation form when you arrive.  The tutor will then take notes on the form and sign his or her name at the bottom.  If you're here for any subject other than writing, be sure to let the tutor know that you'll need a summary of your session before you leave. If you receive help through the Learning Center Online, you can always print out the feedback that you receive and take that information to your instructor.

Does the Learning Center offer online tutoring services?

Yes we do!  View online tutoring information.

Do the Learning Center tutors also assist RSCC staff and/or members of the community?

We are always willing to assist other community members with their academic pursuits.  Any non-student who would like to receive assistance is encouraged to contact the Specialist in charge of the campus where he or she would like to receive help in order to determine the best days and times to visit.

Contact: Jennifer H Rowan • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4329 • rowanjh@roanestate.edu

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