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Tutor lab rules

Writtenr by Dr. Elena Kurinski on behalf of faculty

Tutors CAN:

  • Help students understand grammar topics covered in class
  • Practice speaking with students provided that tutors are informed what vocabulary and grammar topics students have to focus on.  
  • Give students general constructive feedback on their written assignments (e.g. help students determine what aspects of grammar, content, and/or structure need to be improved)
  • Clarify students’ questions related to their homework assignments
  • Quiz students on vocabulary, grammar, and other material upon request
  • Provide guidance regarding students’ assignments if students bring in clear instructions and questions for those assignments

Tutors CANNOT:   

  • Proofread students’ work or do comprehensive editing
  • Provide feedback by e-mail or other electronic means
  • Spend more than 20 minutes with a student if another student is waiting in line
  • Polish up students’ work
  • Do any assignments for (instead of) students such as writing a paper, translating a paper or completing any type of exercise
  • Help students who are not currently enrolled in foreign language classes
  • Help students with any assignments outside of  SCSU foreign language courses  
  • Share any information about students’ work with others

Tutors SHOULD:

  •  Maintain confidentiality and a friendly professional atmosphere
  •  Ask professors for guidance and help when necessary
  •  Fulfill their duties according to their job description
  •  Always ask students to complete the attendance form and other necessary paperwork
  •  Be patient
  •  Report any inappropriate behavior

In order to get help in the tutor lab, students SHOULD:

  •  Have clear expectations of the type of help our tutors provide
  • Bring in all relevant materials including instructions for written assignments and projects
  • Prepare specific questions for tutors
  • Be cooperative and willing to learn
  • Ask for clarifications when necessary without hesitations
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