The Commons

Flip the Switch to Success

  Asking for help is a sign of maturity. It means you're strong enough to recognize what you need.
switch flipping to success with failure on the bottom So if you realize you need a peer tutor, then you've taken the first step. The second is coming to the Commons and signing up.

The most common questions are listed below. If nothing else you should know these top 3:
  1. It's a free service
  2. You are eligible for 8 hours a course and a maximum of 2 courses per semester
  3. You'll get out of it, what you put into it.
Who can request a peer tutor? arrow View
Any Lakeland College student enrolled in credit courses is eligible for this free service.
How do I apply for a peer tutor? arrow View
To apply, come to the Commons:
  • pick up peer tutor request form.
  • complete the form and have the instructor sign off on it.
  • return completed form and staff will explain how the program works.
  • receive tutor's name and contact information (if no tutors are registered for the course, Accessibility Services staff will attempt to find one).
How much free tutoring can I receive? arrow View
You can receive up to 8 hours of free tutoring per course to a maximum of 2 courses per semester.
What can the tutor do? arrow View
The Peer Tutor can:
  • answer questions and clarify course content.
  • review course material before exams.
  • help you increase your course knowledge and self-confidence as a learner.
  • help you learn useful study habits and develop effective learning strategies.
What can't the tutor do? arrow View
Your Peer tutor can't
  • help you with your homework.
  • correct any of your work that is going to be submitted for marks.
When and where do I meet with my tutor? arrow View
Once you have been assigned a tutor, you are responsible for contacting your tutor, and together you will arrange mutually convenient times to meet.

Please remember these basic rules about tutoring sessions:
  • you must meet on college property in public areas.
  • tutoring sessions must be no longer that 1.5 hours.
  • you should arrive for sessions on time and be prepared.
  • your tutor will have a Progress Sheet that you must sign at the end of a session.
What if I can't make it to a scheduled session? arrow View
If you can't make the session, it is your responsibility to contact your tutor to cancel with sufficient notice, or it will be considered a "no-show" and count as part of your 8 hours.  If you have 2 no-shows, you may be dropped from the tutoring program.

What else do I have to do? arrow View
You must:
  • attend classes regularly.  Peer tutors are not a substitute instructor.
  • evaluate your tutor and the tutor program, when requested by the Commons staff.
What if I am have problems with my tutor? arrow View
If you are having problems:
  • report any issues with the tutor or tutoring sessions to the Commons staff.
  • you are free to request reassignment to a different tutor.  Remember though, the supply of tutors is limited.