SFCC’s Tutoring Center provides free individual tutoring on an 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.
Due to the pandemic all tutoring is done by email, text messaging, and face to face Microsoft Teams sessions. To begin an email session you will email the tutor your work or assignment. The tutor will respond in an email addressing your concerns about your project, suggesting a plan for you to follow. You will work together during subsequent emails as needed. In a Teams session, you and the tutor will chat about your project in real-time. You will show the tutor your work on the screen, allowing for a live discussion. 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.
All kinds of students use tutoring services. Many 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!
The Tutoring Center currently offers two forms of online tutoring:
Each Canvas course homepage includes a link to “Brainfuse Online Tutoring” which provides access to online tutoring 24/7. SFCC tutors also meet students online through Microsoft Teams. Click on the Teams link on MySFCC and click on SFCC Tutoring Center to connect with an SFCC tutor. To make an appointment with an SFCC tutor click on the schedule an appointment link (Tutoring Center – Online) located on the welcome page of MySFCC.
Appointment tutoring is limited to two hours per week per course. Because of the Pandemic additional hours are available depending on demand. The tutors recognize the unusual challenges facing our students and are committed to helping you succeed. To get the most out of tutoring services, be flexible, schedule your appointments early, respond promptly to emails, and attend Teams sessions on time. 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 online classroom instruction. Tutoring will not be provided to help students learn prerequisite skills if they have not completed appropriate prerequisite courses.
The tutors are students, writers, professionals and teachers; they are a varied group of folks, united by a desire to help you succeed.
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, click on the link below to send e-mail to the Interim Director. 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, Robert Gutierrez, at 428-1365 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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