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Common Tutoring Myths

I don’t need a tutor because I’m really smart.

FALSE. Everyone needs help at some point in his or her life! In fact, many English majors bring papers to the Writing Center, just to get a second opinion! Math majors will go to the Math Lab to refresh their algebra skills. Even “smart” people will reach a class where they stumble! A truly smart person admits that he/she could use extra help.

Tutors will do my homework for me.

FALSE. A tutor can help you understand what is going on in the class, and help you learn the basics so you can do your assignment. Having anyone else do your homework is a violation of the academic honesty policy. You would both suffer consequences.

Going to tutoring sessions will raise my grades.

FALSE. It could, but your grade is supposed to be a reflection on how much you have learned in a course. If you do the work and seek assistance when you need it, chances are your grades will improve! Merely attending tutoring sessions and not doing any outside work is not the way to get an "A."