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Peer Tutoring

Get help from a tutor

I need a tutor: what do I need to know?

Georgian College provides peer tutoring as a service funded through the student success fee in your tuition. A variety of drop-in and scheduled tutoring services are available. This info will help you get the most out of your tutoring experience.

How can I get a tutor?

Drop-in tutoring centres are open to all students on weekdays each semester (schedules are posted online and at the centres) for writing, math, business, engineering, and health, wellness & sciences courses.

Students are requested to access drop-in services first before receiving one-to-one tutoring. One-to-one tutoring may be recommended for students at risk of failing a course. In some situations, one-to-one tutoring may be recommended by other staff in Student Success or the academic areas.

To discuss your one-to-one tutoring needs, please make an appointment with a Peer Services Advisor at the Academic Success Centre reception in the Library.

Peer Services will exhaust every possibility to find a tutor if one is not already on staff. In some cases, it is not possible to find a suitable tutor.

Who will tutor me?

All tutors are students at Georgian College or the University Partnership Centre with a faculty recommendation and an average of 80%+. Tutors are trained according to the College Reading and Learning Association standards.

What can I expect?

  • Tutors meet students on campus during office hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm).
  • Students may receive up to 10 hours of one-to-one tutoring for 1 course.
  • Drop-in tutoring is available during posted scheduled times. A sign will be posted if a tutor is unavailable for a regularly scheduled shift. Where possible, we try to cover with other staff when a tutor is away.
  • Tutoring does not replace attending courses. Tutors are not teachers.
  • Faculty and Learning Strategy support may be needed to enhance learning.
  • Tutors coach students on content, but do not do assignments on behalf of students. Students must do their own work.

What is expected of me?

  • Come prepared to the tutoring session with questions from class, assignments started, and any papers or books you need. Students set the agenda for each session.
  • Access all the supports on campus which would be helpful to your success.
  • Let your tutor know if you need to reschedule or miss a meeting. Tutoring may be suspended if you don’t show up when you say you will.

How do I prepare for a tutoring session?

  • You will need to tell the tutor what areas you are finding the most difficult in the course you are seeking help with. Take time before the session to go through your notes and textbook and identify the areas that are the most difficult and confusing for you.
  • Plan to be an active participant in the sessions, rather than expecting your tutor to take over. The more you know about what you need, the more effective your tutor will be. It may take time to establish good communication with your tutor and to see your grades improve.
  • Expect to ask specific questions so that you can work on the homework assignment on your own later. The tutor is not going to help you do any work that will be marked.
  • Plan the sessions you have left. Take a few moments with your tutor to look at the rest of the semester and decide what topics are a priority so you make the most of the time you have.
  • Track your progress. How are you doing on assignments and tests? Are your grades improving? Is the tutoring helping you? If it isn’t, there may be other issues you need to address as well.
  • If you aren’t sure how to prepare for your tutoring session, you may need to get help. Your Student Advisor can help you with the planning and organizing tasks that will make your tutoring sessions more effective.

Can I hire a private tutor?

Georgian College does not have any regulations regarding private tutors and does not cover the costs for these. If you would like to hire someone to work with you privately, we recommend that you have a written agreement (even an email) to clarify where and when you will meet, what you will pay and how often. This will save a lot of misunderstandings later.

What can I do if I don't have a good experience with a tutor?

Let Peer Services know if it isn’t working out with a tutor (another one may be arranged in some circumstances) or if you don’t need tutoring anymore.

Individual Tutoring

Arranged by the Peer Services Advisor, students meet with a tutor on an individual basis to facilitate understanding of course content.

Peer tutors can be arranged by Peer Services staff for just about any course offered on campus. Students need to make an appointment for an intake with the Peer Services Advisor. Tutoring is scheduled around the student and tutor timetables. Generally students may meet with a one-to-one tutor for one or two hours per week. 

Students are always encouraged to use other tutoring and learning strategy services available as an additional support to learning.

For information, email peerservices@georgiancollege.ca or email the Peer Services Advisor at your campus.

Peer Services Staff

  • Beth Salt, Peer Services Advisor - Barrie
    Email: beth.salt@georgiancollege.ca
    Room K112
    Phone: 705.728.1968 ext.1046 
  • Brandon Lee,  Peer Services Advisor - Orillia
    Email: brandon.lee@georgiancollege.ca
    Room A210A
    Phone: 705.325.2740 ext. 3036

  • Howard Ditkofsky - Accessibility and Peer Services Advisor, Owen Sound
    Email: Howard.Ditkofsky@GeorgianCollege.ca
    Room 607
    Phone: 519-376-0840 ext. 2051