About ESS Tutoring
Educational Supportive Services (ESS) can provide one-to-one and/or small group tutoring to qualifying students. Tutors are trained to work with any student, regardless of background, academic proficiency, or learning style.
Requesting a Tutor
Just apply for tutoring on-line through Holtz Hall. If you qualify for ESS Services, you'll receive an email request to schedule an appointment with one of our coordinators to sign you up and discuss other available services. Paper applications are available in the ESS Office - 103 Holton Hall or the Academic Assistance Center - 101 Holton Hall.
What subjects are offered?
The most common subject areas available are Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Animal Science, Statistics, English, Public Speaking, Modern Languages, as well as many others. If an ESS tutor is not available for your course, you can be referred to Holtz Hall tutoring or we will make every effort to find other resources.
Where will I get tutored?
Tutoring sessions take place in Holtz Hall or may be scheduled in Hale Library during peak times.
How often will I meet with my tutor?
During your initial meeting with your ESS Coordinator, you will be scheduled for 1-3 hours per week for up to 3 subjects based on tutor and subject availability. You will be responsible for contacting your tutor(s) to begin your scheduled sessions.
What if I need to cancel a tutoring session?
Participants are expected to attend all tutoring sessions. However, as soon as you know if you need to cancel a session or if you will be late, you are responsible for contacting your tutor at least 24 hours before your scheduled session to avoid an absence. Three unexcused absences will result in your tutoring being immediately terminated until you have had a conference with your ESS Coordinator. Upon receiving the notice of a second absence from your tutor, your coordinator will e-mail or call you to set up a conference time. During this conference, you and the coordinator will discuss the decision to resume or discontinue your tutoring and a determination will be made at that time.
What can I expect from my tutor?
Your tutor is expected to be present at all scheduled sessions and on time. Tutors should be courteous, fully attentive, helpful, clear in their communication and instruction, and have a solid knowledge of the subject matter. Each tutor receives at least two hours of basic tutor training to help understand effective tutoring techniques. If you have any difficulty with your tutor or feel the situation is not working, you should contact your ESS Coordinator immediately. We want your tutoring to be the best it can be.
What can my tutor expect from me?
ESS participants are expected to come to the tutoring session prepared, and having had attempted your homework and have problem areas or areas of difficulty ready to discuss with the tutor. You are expected to attend tutoring sessions even if you feel comfortable with the material. You can cover material in the next section or chapter, or review a previous unit.