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Common Tutoring Myths

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

FALSE. Everyone needs a little help or guidance at some point in life.  In fact, English majors bring papers to the Writing Center just to get a second opinion.  Math majors go to the Math Lab to make sure they are using a particular formula correctly.  The truly smart people make use of all their resources to ensure they are doing their best.

Tutors will do my homework for me.

FALSE. A tutor can help you understand the information so you can do your assignment. Having someone 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 reflects 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."