What to expect from your tutoring session
It is recommended that you make an appointment. However, walk-ins are welcome if there is a tutor available. We are very busy around midterms and finals, so during these times please make an appointment well in advance. Regularly scheduled appointments are encouraged.
Tutoring sessions are collaborative efforts where students and tutors work together to help students reach their goals. Multiple appointments may be required for larger assignments.
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 ask that you bring at least one copy of your paper, or two copies if possible (this does not apply to students who need help starting a paper).
For resume and cover letter review, please visit the Career Development Office.
Bring all of your course material. This will help your tutor understand what the professor is requiring for a specific assignment. Be sure to ask questions if you are not following what the tutor is reviewing with you, and come prepared with specific questions or areas you need help in.
Our tutors will work collaboratively with students to assist with structure, organization, and logic of written assignments and will help students identify common error patterns; however, we do not take responsibility for proofreading written work. Students may wish to use GRAMMARLY.com, a free online spelling and grammar checking app.
No. For a tutoring session to be truly beneficial, it is recommended that a tutor and student collaborate face-to-face.
Tutors are fellow students who have been recommended by their professors, or adjunct professors/learning specialists. Students may request specific tutors.
Any student registered at UB can use our tutoring services.
Tips for virtual tutoring sessions
For help after hours or when our UB tutors are not available, access Smarthinking Online Tutoring in the course navigation of any Canvas shell. Follow prompts to meet with a tutor or to schedule a meeting for another time.
Smarthinking tutors are available 24/7 and the service is FREE to all UB students!