Guide to ASU Tutoring
Written by: Reem Elsaad, a junior majoring in Political Science and a First-Year Success coach
Balancing the demands from week-to-week in college can definitely seem tough sometimes – especially when it feels like there’s so much that needs to be done. As someone who used to be an engineering student, I understand a workload that feels like it never ends.
However, there's a resource that has essentially saved me and my grades throughout my semesters at ASU – tutoring. Tutoring is one of the best kept (not-really) secrets at ASU and has helped so many students pass their classes. I went to a tutoring center every single day, sometimes even twice a day ( I needed a lot of help). It got to the point where they knew my name and I knew theirs and we were like besties. I primarily went into tutoring for MAT 265 Calculus for Engineers I, but they would also help me with my chemistry homework, biology homework, and any other classes I needed help with!
Who can go to tutoring?
All ASU students. Tutoring is available to every student, free of charge, no matter how many times you go! It’s also available via all modes, so if you’re an on-campus student, online student, or would prefer an appointment over the phone or on Zoom! It does not matter if you’re a “straight A” student or struggling, they are there to help YOU!
What can they help with?
There are different kinds of tutors depending on what you need help with.
- Online Study Hub, Individual courses have an online peer community that allows you to connect with your peers to post and answer questions and to develop study groups. Subjects include math, sciences, business and more.
- Writing Center tutoring can help with any part of the writing process for any class. That means that if you’re stuck trying to start a paper, you can come in to brainstorm. Or you can come in with a draft to have a tutor work with you to fine tune your work.
- Review sessions are offered for a variety of subject areas before exams. Using class content provided by the faculty, tutors host the session using content from the class. The sessions are designed to help students in preparation for tests.
Where do I start?
After everything I explained, you’re probably thinking, how do I get started? Check out the tutoring website for campus hours and locations if you’d like to attend in-person, or set up an online tutoring session. You can also read through their frequently asked questions.
You can also use ASU's TracCloud system to find a tutor for your course. All subject area tutors are available for on-demand tutoring without appointments, except for the Writing Center tutors, who require appointments beforehand and they fill up fast towards the end of the semester!
What do I do when I get there?
Great question! Once you get through the door, you’re going to need to swipe your ASU ID card, so make sure you have that handy. After you have checked-in, find a seat anywhere, sit down and situate yourself. Start your homework, and once you get stuck on a problem or a concept you can’t figure out, there will be a link, either on the table or somewhere around the center that will lead you to a website for that specific center. That link will ask you to input some information, and will then put you in a cue for the next available tutor who can help you with that specific class that you need help with.
Now that you know what to do, don’t be afraid to go and ask for help. That’s what they’re there for!