Tutoring is a free service available for any undergraduate of the University of Rochester. Students should already be working with their professors, TAs, workshop leaders and/or study skills consultant before they come to tutoring. Wondering if tutoring is right for you? See our what to expect section.
Visit our online scheduling system to view available courses or schedule a tutoring appointment directly with one of our tutors. We offer individual and small group tutoring in a variety of subjects, free of charge to undergraduate students.
Don't see your course available in the system? Have a question on how to use the scheduling website? Please email, call 585-275-9049 or stop by the CETL office (Dewey 1-154).
What to expect from tutoring
The purpose of tutoring is to help you become an active, independent learner. Working with a tutor can enrich your understanding of the course material, help you focus on what is important in the class, and help you apply better study methods.
- Review and help clarify assignments
- Help you understand concepts that the instructor has already presented in class
- Provide you with additional examples and practice problems
- Help you understand the textbook and apply the information
- Do your homework for you
- Guarantee an error-free assignment or a better grade; it is still your responsibility to do the work
- Teach new material missed in class; tutoring is not a substitute for classroom instruction
- Help with take-home or make-up tests
Schedule a tutoring appointment
Students wishing to participate in tutoring must complete a short course to learn about tutoring services and expectations prior to making an appointment.
1. Log into your Blackboard account.
2. Click on the "Course Planning" tab and click on the "Need a Tutor?" link.
3. Self-enroll in the "Students Seeking Tutoring Services" course
4. Once enrolled, look for "Students Seeking Tutoring Services" under My Organizations on the Main tab
5. Complete the modules in this course and follow the directions to schedule your first appointment.
If you would like more information on academic resources, how tutoring works, how to use the scheduling system, or have any issues with this course, please set up an appointment with the tutoring coordinator at CETL.
Cancel an appointment
Please cancel your appointment online and be sure to get in touch with your tutor. No-shows are counted against you and we have a “three strikes and you’re out” policy for missed appointments.
Prepare for a tutoring session appointment
- Bring all academic support materials to each tutoring session (textbook, notes, homework, pen/pencil, etc.)
- Do as much of the homework or assignment as possible before the session
- Come prepared with questions as best as you can—try to be as specific as possible!
Most of our tutoring is for 100-level STEM courses, including (but not limited to): CHM 131/132, 203/204; PHY 113, 121, 122; BIO 110-113, 198; MTH 140/160, 150; and CSC 161, 171.
If we do not have tutoring available for the course you want, you should speak to your professor about any options or referrals he or she may have. Also, please get in touch with CETL so we can try to find a tutor for that course.
FAQ for tutees
1. What if my course isn't listed?
We do not have tutoring available for that course and you should speak to your professor about any options or referrals he or she may have. Also, please get in touch with the tutoring coordinator so she may try to find a tutor for that course.
2. I am not an undergraduate at the University, can I still receive tutoring?
No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate individual needs outside of the University of Rochester. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office.
3. How often should I see my tutor? Where do I meet my tutor?
You can schedule appointments at any point in the semester. It can be a one-time visit with a tutor for a particular problem, or you can set up repeating, weekly appointments (those are recommended).
Meet anywhere you like! Just be sure to set up a meeting place prior to your tutoring time by emailing your tutor directly. Their email can be found in the pop-up window when scheduling an appointment online.
4. When can I book appointments?
We strongly encourage you to book appointments as far in advance as possible to give the tutor notice. The tutoring system will only allow you to make appointments 48 hours in advance therefore day of or day before appointments are no longer accepted. If you need immediate help, please talk to your teacher/TA, check out other on-campus resources or email CETL.
5. Is there a limit on tutoring?
The number of sessions generally allowed for students is 1-3 sessions a week.
6. What if I need additional tutoring?
We can address concerns on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the other CETL programs listed on our site if you need additional help with your courses.
7. Can I meet with the same tutor every week?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to meet with the same tutor every week if you like him/her and work well together. Please speak to your tutor and they can set up repeat appointments in the schedule for you.
8. How far in advance can I schedule appointments?
The online schedule is available to students four weeks in advance. The same limits apply to each week (one hour per week per course).
9. Do I have to fill out an appointment form every time?
Yes. This is important information for CETL to collect because it helps us improve our program! One way to avoid doing this is to speak to your tutor about setting up repeat appointments each week.
10. What if I can’t make an appointment?
Please go online and cancel your appointment time and be sure to get in touch with the tutor. No-shows are counted against you and we have a “three strikes and you’re out” policy for missed appointments.
11. What if my tutor doesn't’t show up to my tutoring session?
It is best to try and get in touch with your tutor to see if they are running late, or why they missed the appointment. Always try to follow up via email or text before your appointment time to clarify any details. If you cannot resolve the issue, please contact CETL so that we can take care of the problem.
12. I don’t know if tutoring is helping, what should I do?
Talk to your professor and/or TA about issues you may be having in class; they should always be your first point of contact. Remember, tutoring isn't a quick fix. Assess your study habits or find a study partner; schedule an appointment with our study skills counselors in CETL and address any underlying academic concerns you have.