SFCC Tutoring Center FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • What services does the Tutoring Center provide?
  • What should I bring to a tutoring session?
  • What happens in a tutoring session?
  • Who receives tutoring?
  • How do I receive tutoring?
  • How much tutoring can I receive?
  • Who are the tutors?
  • How can I become a tutor?
  • What do I do if I have a problem with tutoring?

What services does the Tutoring Center provide?
SFCC’s Tutoring Center provides free individual and small-group tutoring on a drop-in and appointment basis for current Santa Fe Community College students. Tutors are available for English, speech, reading, study skills, writing, mathematics, science, computer science, accounting, media arts, and selected computer applications. Students can only receive tutoring for credit courses in which they are currently enrolled at SFCC, and they may receive tutoring for the same course for a maximum of two semesters. Students are allowed a maximum of two hours a week of appointment tutoring per course if tutors are available. Tutoring is not available for all courses and tutoring times are limited.

What should I bring to a tutoring session?
Tutoring sessions are much more productive when you are prepared. Bring your books, your assignment, your notes and any work that you have already done, even notes or incomplete problems. If you have questions about what is expected on your assignment, try to ask your instructor before you come to tutoring. It helps to have specific questions, but if you can show your tutor where you got stuck, that is enough to get a session started.

What happens in a tutoring session?
At the beginning of the session you will show the tutor your work or assignment, and you and your tutor will talk a little about your concerns. Together, you will make a plan for the session. Your tutor might say something like, “Let’s go over some examples of the problems you are having trouble with, and we’ll talk about the different steps. Then you can try some problems, and we’ll go over them together. Okay?” Then you will start following your plan, changing it if you need to as you go along. Tutors don’t do your work for you; instead, they work with you, showing you examples and strategies and asking you questions to help you find out what you want to say in your paper or what you know about quadratic equations. Your tutor’s goal is to help you learn skills that make you a better student; his or her job is to tutor you so well that you will not need a tutor anymore.

One thing to remember about tutors is that although they can help you succeed they are not required to know the answers to all your questions. Sometimes they will send you back to your instructor for clarification.

Who receives tutoring?
All kinds of students use tutoring services. Lots of students who come to the center are already doing well in their classes and want to do better. Instructors and tutors respect the students who come for tutoring, and some of the tutors even receive tutoring themselves, in subjects other than the ones they tutor, of course!

How do I receive tutoring?
There are two ways to get help from a tutor, drop-in tutoring and tutoring by appointment.

How much tutoring can I receive?
Appointment tutoring is limited to two hours per week per course. Tutoring availability is not guaranteed. Many students request tutoring, so tutoring cannot always be arranged on demand. To get the most out of tutoring services, be flexible, schedule your appointments early and use drop-in tutoring. Remember: You can only receive tutoring for courses in which you are currently enrolled at SFCC, and you cannot receive tutoring for the same course for more than two semesters.

Tutoring is supplemental to regular classroom instruction. Tutoring appointments will not be provided as a substitute for regular class attendance. Tutoring will not be provided to help students learn prerequisite skills if they have not completed appropriate prerequisite courses.

Who are the tutors?
The tutors are students, writers, professionals and teachers; they are a varied group of folks, united by a desire to help you succeed.

How can I become a tutor?
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, click on the link below to send e-mail to the Tutor Coordinator. If you are selected, you can earn credit, honors credit, or a small wage for your service. You will receive training to prepare you for your role as a tutor, and you will build and deepen your knowledge of your subject as you tutor. For more information about tutoring, contact the Tutoring Center Director, Christopher Black, at 428-1770 or email him at christopher.black@sfcc.edu.

What do I do if I have a problem with tutoring?
If your tutoring session was not helpful, you are having trouble getting tutoring, or you have any problems with or questions about tutoring services, contact the Tutoring Center Director, Christopher Black, at 428-1770.