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 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.  Smart people make use of all their resources to ensure they are doing their best.


Tutors will give me the answer.

FALSE. A tutor will help you understand the information so you can understand and do your assignment. Asking someone else to do your work violates the Academic Honesty Policy


Going to tutoring sessions will raise my grades.

FALSE. It could, but your grade reflects how much you have learned. 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 additional studying is not the way to get an "A."