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The Learning Centre: Tutoring Approach

The Learning Centre is here to help you become a more successful student.


What can I get help with?

Tutors will only help you with work you are doing for courses you are currently enrolled in at Douglas College. Tutors will not do school work for you nor supply answers for assignments that you must submit as your own work (in keeping with the Douglas College Academic Honesty policy). In addition to helping you with course assignments and course concepts, tutors can help you work on improving your study and academic skills (writing, reading, study, math, and computer skills).

What is a Peer Tutor?

The Learning Centre uses a peer tutoring approach.  Peer tutors are students, not college instructors. When tutors can't help you, they will refer you to Learning Centre faculty or to your own instructor.

Can I get tutoring in languages other than English?

The Learning Centre is a multilingual centre, so tutoring may occur in languages that will contribute to student learning; however, because the language of instruction in most courses is English, an important goal is for the tutor to prepare the student for using English in their coursework.

Is tutoring confidential?

Peer tutors have signed a confidentiality agreement to keep all student conversations and written work private. Tutors will only share information about tutoring sessions with faculty and staff in the Learning Centre. 

How can I prepare for my tutoring session?

For tutoring to be most effective, you are responsible to do as much work as possible before seeing a tutor; please bring specific questions about assignments and course content that you have already worked on.

What should I not do during a tutoring session?

Do not ask tutors for answers, ideas, coding, or wording for assignments that you are submitting as your own work.

Respect the tutor’s time by remaining active and attentive during the tutoring session, limiting distractions from electronic devices, food, and side conversations, and respecting the tutor’s privacy outside of tutoring times.