FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TUTORING & POLICIES
I need a tutor for a course.
Students can sign up for a peer tutor for one hour every week for the rest of the semester for most 100- and some 200-level courses. Students are permitted up to two peer tutors by appointment per semester.
Many courses are tutored via tutoring groups.
Some 100- and 200-level courses are tutored by one-hour per week appointments. High-demand courses are tutored through drop-in tutoring. Please keep reading...
I need a tutor for a 100- or 200- course that was not listed when I applied for peer tutoring.
You can get peer tutoring for many classes at CADE via drop-In hours instead of by appointment.
CADE hosts drop-in tutoring for the following:
||MATH 173 (Calc I)
||MATH 174 (Calc II)
||MATH 205 (Discrete)
|CHEM 111 (General)
|CHEM 226 (Elementary Organic)
|CHEM 221 (Organic I)
|CHEM 112 (General)
||STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics)
Drop-in tutoring visits are unlimited. Come as often as you'd like for as long as you'd like (during the posted hours, that is).
Check here for a schedule.
How much does a peer tutor cost?
Peer tutoring is provided as a service for enrolled SUNY College at Oneonta students by Academic Affairs at no additional cost to the students.
Who are the peer tutors?
We hire peer tutors from among the student body. Tutors have completed the courses for which they are tutoring at SUNY Oneonta and have received a B+ or better in the course. All tutors complete a 2-hour training workshop and most have taken additional hours of training in managing group tutoring. Many of our peer tutors have taken our tutor training course and have become certified tutors through the College Reading and Learning Association's International Tutor Training Certification Program.
I need help with study skills.
Don't know how to take good notes? Have trouble remembering what you've read? Go blank when you take a test? Don't know how to prepare for a test? We know how to help!
Our professional study skills and reading tutors can help you develop skills that will help you in all your courses. You can sign up for a study skills tutor by requesting PROF 090 using the same application form you use for requesting a peer tutor for a class.
How do I sign up for a tutor?
To sign up for free tutoring, you will use Tracktion, our online scheduling service. Use Internet Explorer on a PC to access this stie. Be sure to fill out all the information screens; without all your information, we won't be able to assign you a tutor. Immediately after you complete the signup process in Tracktion, you should receive an email at the address you provided. If you don't receive an email within a few minutes, check your SPAM folder. If it's not there, you should either call 436-3010 or stop by the CADE offices in 225 Alumni Hall.
Where is tutoring?
You'll meet either in 225 Alumni Hall or 102 Milne Library. Your email will indicate where you should come for your appointment. Please understand that not all tutors are permitted to work in the library, so it is likely that you will need to come to Alumni Hall.
I want to meet on the weekend because that's when I do my school work.
Our tutors are required to work in a supervised area and ONLY when we are open. We do not permit any tutoring outside of those areas or during times we're closed (which includes weekends). Tutors and tutees need to sign in.
My roommate gets tutoring in a group. I'm just going to come with her, is that okay?
Tutors who have appointments with students are paid based on how many students are in their groups. Students can't simply "show up" when another student is scheduled for an appointment because the tutor won't get paid fairly. For appointment-based tutoring students must have an appointment. (Drop-in tutoring does not require an appointment. For a list of subjects tutored via drop-in tutoring, click here.)
I know one of the tutors, and that's who I want to tutor me.
Students may not choose their tutors.
What's the difference between peer and professional tutors?
A peer tutor is typically an undergraduate student who has taken the same course that you are taking now. A professional tutor is typically a professional staff member at CADE, most of whom have master's degrees or doctorates. The majority of the professional tutors have degrees in English or education.
When you're ready to sign up, go to https://tracktion.oneonta.edu. Click on "I Need a Tutor" and fill out all the information on the screens.
Students requesting tutoring services will be asked to indicate that they understand the following policies:
- Your professor is a good source for assistance in your course. Please go to office hours.
- You may request up to two peer tutors. Peer tutors are other students who have taken the course. Peer tutors have training and they did well in the course they’re tutoring for, but they may not remember everything from the course. Again, attending office hours is an important thing to do in addition to seeking tutoring.
- CADE will match you with a peer tutor if we have one available.
- When we don’t have a tutor already for the course you requested tutoring for, CADE will seek to locate, hire and train a peer tutor(s) for you. Please realize that locating, hiring, and training a new peer tutor is sometimes a lengthy process, taking several weeks. There are times when we cannot locate a qualified tutor.
- CADE does not guarantee the availability of tutoring for all 100- and 200-level courses, even if they are listed in a “Course” box below.
- PEER tutors are not allowed to work on writing or assignments (including homework) that will be graded. Peer tutors will work with you on the course concepts, readings, notes, practice problems, study guides, etc.
- If you need help with a writing assignment, please return to the main screen of Tracktion and choose “Writing Assistance,” and choose an appointment for a Writing Consultation.
- Some 100- and 200-level courses are not listed for peer tutoring because CADE offers drop-in tutoring for them.
- YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM CADE WITH YOUR APPOINTMENT. Appointment-matching is not an automatic process, so please continue to check your email.
- Feel free to contact our office if you have not heard from us after 3 business days.
- Once you’re assigned to meet with a tutor, you are expected to meet each week. If you have two unexplained absences, your appointment will be canceled.