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What you can you expect from a tutoring session?

Read through our FAQs below to learn about the resources available at the University of Bridgeport’s Tutoring and Learning Center.

Who is eligible to use the tutoring services?

This service is open to all registered University of Bridgeport students.

Do I need to make an appointment?

It is recommended that you make an appointment. However, if a tutor is available when you come by, the tutor will work with you. We are very busy around midterms and finals, so make an appointment well in advance.

Can I make regularly scheduled appointments?

Yes. We encourage students to use the Tutoring and Learning Center on a regular basis.

How long is a tutoring session?

A typical session is one hour. Shorter appointments can be scheduled, but there may be insufficient time to cover everything.

Where do individual appointments take place?

Most tutoring takes place in Suite 506 on the fifth floor of Wahlstrom Library. However, if the session requires specific computer programs that are loaded only in the labs, arrangements can be made to have the appointments held in the labs.

What can I expect from a tutoring session?

Tutoring sessions, designed to last one to one and a half hours, are collaborative efforts where the student works with the tutor to ensure comprehension. Making more than one appointment is encouraged for longer works.
Students are encouraged to make appointments for all stages of the process, from brainstorming to works in progress to the completion of the assignment.

What courses and subject areas are supported?

We provide tutoring in multiple subject areas. Visit or call us to inquire about your specific need.

Writing in all subjects is supported. Students are expected to provide information regarding specific formatting or citation styles. Supported courses vary with the tutors hired for the semester. A list of subjects covered will be listed on the portal at the beginning of each semester.

What types of writing are handled?

Our tutors are qualified to help with most writing assignments. However, it is always good practice to bring writing requirements to the appointment. If you are coming in for a writing assignment, we recommend that you bring at least one copy of your paper. The career center is the better resource to have resumes and cover letters reviewed.

How do I get the most from my tutoring session?

Bring all of your course material. This will help your tutor understand what the professor is requiring for a specific assignment. In addition, ask questions if you are not following what the tutor is reviewing with you. Students who need tutoring in writing must bring at least one hard copy of the completed or partially completed essay. Two hard copies is recommended. This does not apply to students who need help with starting a paper. In addition, you may want to bring previous papers that were reviewed by your professor.

What if I have to miss an individual appointment or I am running late?

Please call us to cancel as soon as possible. Another student may want your time slot. We hold appointments for only 15 minutes. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, you should call us to reschedule.
You may reach the Tutoring and Learning Center at TLC@bridgeport.edu or call 203-576-4290.

Does the Tutoring and Learning Center provide copy-editing (proofreading) services?

What our tutors and learning specialist do can be considered a form of copy-editing in the loosest form of the term. However we want to impress upon you the collaborative style in which we operate where we expect input from the student. In fact, our tutors are trained to listen more than talk and keep the student actively involved in the session. Proofreading should be done before the appointment to maximize the time with the tutor so that you can concentrate on the structure, organization, and logic of your paper. We are aware that English may not be your first language and take that into consideration.

Can I leave an assignment with a tutor and return to pick it up?

The short answer is no. Now for the long answer: Tutor is defined in different ways by different people. We believe tutors can help you become a better student. If that is to be, as stated in question 2, we need the collaboration that is best formed in a face-to- face encounter.

Do you have textbooks for students to use?

Yes. We have a limited number of textbooks. They can be used at the center only. You must leave your ID with a tutor while you are using a book.

Who are the tutors?

Tutors are your fellow students who have been recommended by their professors as being able to tutor in a specific subject or adjunct professors/learning specialists.

Can I request a specific tutor?

Yes. Students should work with tutors they are most comfortable with. It is fine to work with a few tutors at first. This will help you know which tutor is best able to work with you based on your needs.

What if I am not satisfied with the outcome of my appointment?

Feel free to contact the Tutoring and Learning Center director to discuss your grievance. Together, a solution can be found.

Can ELI students use the Tutoring and Learning Center?

If an ELI student is enrolled in a UB undergraduate class, then she/he may use our services for that course.

Click to learn what you can and cannot expect from a Tutoring and Learning Center tutor.

  • Expect that your time working with a tutor will be an active experience. The tutor will work with you, not for you. You cannot drop off a paper or assignment and expect a tutor to do your work.
  • You can expect your tutor to know the basic concepts you are studying, but the tutor may not have been assigned the same books or had the same professor as you. You can expect, for instance, that your math tutor will be able to explain the quadratic equation, but you can’t expect that your writing tutor will have read the same essay that your particular instructor assigned. You cannot expect that your tutor will know the answer to every question.
  • The tutors can help you work through problems with your homework. The tutor will do a sample problem for you, explaining the steps that you should use in your own work, but the tutor will not do your actual homework problem. The tutor will guide you through the homework problem, prompting you what step comes next or when you’ve made a mistake, but the tutor will not do the problem for you.
  • The tutor may be able to explain a concept from your professor’s lecture if you have taken notes in class and marked that section of your notes. However, because the tutor has not been to your class, he or she cannot speculate as to what material the professor presented in the lecture. Even if the tutor has taken the same class with the same professor, he or she will not share past tests or notes with you.
  • The tutor will be able to explain a point in your course reading if you have done the entire reading and can point out a particular passage that is causing you difficulty. The tutor will not do the reading for you. And, even if the tutor has read the book you’ve been assigned, he or she will not summarize it for you.
  • The tutor will help you to clarify your ideas. If you have been assigned to write a paper, for instance, that compares Locke’s and Hobbes’ views of punishment, but you don’t see the differences, the tutor will ask questions and help you talk through your ideas. You must have done your reading before you meet with a tutor; the tutor cannot give you the answer.
  • The tutor will not help you with an out-of-class quiz or test. Professors expect that you will do these assignments independently.
  • The tutor will help you learn to edit your paper, but he/she will not do this for you. The tutor will point out the grammar or punctuation error, for instance, and explain why there is an error and suggest some options for how to correct the error. The tutor will not necessarily go through your entire paper with you. Copyediting your paper is not a service we provide.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Tutoring and Learning Center

  • Wahlstrom Library, Suite 506
    126 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • 203-576-4290

  • TLC@bridgeport.edu

  • Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Saturday morning, limited hours

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