Learning Assistance Center

TUTORING AT THE LAC

Welcome to the LAC! LAC tutoring is available to all SF State students free of charge and is provided by SF State graduate and undergraduate students who are supervised by SF State faculty.

The LAC provides skills-based tutoring. This means that tutors help you develop specific skills and strategies during each tutoring session. They do this by asking you questions, helping you figure out what you know and what you need to work on. They teach you specific strategies to get your work done effectively, give you opportunities to practice the strategies during tutoring sessions, and suggest ways for you to use them on your own.

You can come when you receive an assignment and work with a tutor to brainstorm your next steps. You can come for help when you can’t complete a problem set. You can come with a draft to get feedback on organization and development.

 

SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT

The LAC has weekly and one-time appointments for tutoring. You need to fill out a registration form for the current semester before making an appointment. You can download the LAC registration form from the link on this page or come to center and complete one there. (Use the sample registration instructions to make sure you fill out the form correctly.) At the Center, a staff member will sit down with you and complete the intake interview, which will take approximately 10 minutes.

 

Weekly Appointments

Weekly appointments are 50-minute sessions scheduled every week at the same time with the same tutor. We are not able to offer weekly appointments to all students who want them. This type of tutoring is best if you

  • are worried about failing
  • are taking a remedial class
  • are taking a class for the second time
  • can commit to spending an hour a week for tutoring

 

Weekly appointments may be for individuals, pairs of students or small groups of students who have the same teacher. You may have up to two weekly appointments, one with a reading/ writing/ study skills tutor and one with a math/ sciences/ study skills tutor. In addition to your weekly appointments, you may also come for same-day and one-time tutoring.

 

To make weekly tutoring sessions productive:

  • Come on time!
  • Always try to do your homework before you receive tutoring.
  • Bring the assignment, your notes, and your textbooks, readers, and course materials.
  • Come prepared with questions you want to answer.
  • Make sure you understand what you need to do AFTER the session to complete your assignment.

The LAC Writing Workshop is a special program for freshmen enrolled in English 201/202 or English 104/105 or 106. Writing Workshop students meet twice a week for ten weeks with 3-5 students from their English class and an LAC tutor. They work on reading, writing and grammar skills while getting help with their English essays. You need to be referred by your English teacher to participate in a LAC Writing Workshop.

 

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One-Time Appointments

We also have one-time reading/writing and math/science tutoring appointments open on our schedule that you can reserve the same day or during the current week. To reserve a one-time appointment, please call or drop by the LAC and ask about openings during the week.

 

You may telephone or walk in to reserve a tutoring slot for the same day. Students who are waiting in the hallway outside HSS 348 before 9:00 AM will be served first.

You may reserve only one appointment at a time and may only have two appointments per week per subject.

 

This type of tutoring is best if you

  • are doing well in general but get stuck on a specific problem or concept
  • have done well in previous classes
  • have a specific question to ask
  • want some tutoring help but cannot commit to coming every week.

 

To make one-time tutoring productive:

  • Avoid coming for help at the last minute.
  • Always try to do your homework before you receive tutoring.
  • Bring the assignment, your notes, and your textbooks, readers, and course materials.
  • Come prepared with questions you want to answer.
  • Bring the assignment, your notes, and your textbooks, readers, and course materials.
  • Make sure you understand what you need to do AFTER the session to complete your assignment.

 

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Late Policy

 

Don’t be late for your weekly, one-time or same-day tutoring sessions! If there are students waiting, we may give your appointment to another student if you are more than 10 minutes late.

If you cancel or don't show up for a scheduled appointment, it may not be possible to make another appointment that week

 

Skills Developed in Tutoring

Writing

  • Understanding assignments
  • Planning and getting started
  • Citing sources
  • Making revisions
  • Editing and proofreading

 

Reading

  • Planning reading schedules
  • Reading textbooks effectively
  • Locating main ideas
  • Summarizing and retaining information
  • Thinking critically

 

Research

  • Planning for a research project
  • Effectively using electronic databases
  • Compiling bibliographic citations

 

Math and Sciences

  • Identifying, comprehending, and learning to talk about concepts
  • Discovering patterns and making connections in materials
  • Problem-solving

 

Study Skills

  • Time management
  • Lecture note-taking
  • Organizing information
  • Annotating and marking texts
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Asking questions

 

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If You Want Help with Grammar or Proofreading

 

Tutors are not allowed to correct your essays. Too much help is considered plagiarism.

If you're at the proofreading stage of the writing process (meaning you've written and revised several drafts), you can expect to

  • Learn to recognize errors in your writing
  • Learn steps to correct your own errors
  • Focus on one or two writing problems during the session

On your own, before you see a tutor

  • Do as much editing as possible
  • Write down questions you want to discuss
  • Bring the draft with your notes and corrections to the session.

After the session,

  • Practice the steps you learned during the session to finish editing your paper on your own.

 

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