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Picture this situation: you have been working hard to get good grades in that really hard class. However, it's simply not working. The content just won't get into your head; as much as you grind, it seems your professor just can't get through to you. It is at this point, which we all reach at some point, that you should call for a tutor.

Tutoring at Dartmouth is actually rather straightforward. Tutors are students who sign up either to work or as volunteers — the only difference being whether they get paid or not. After signing up with the Tutoring Clearing House to tutor a specific class, the tutor then waits to be matched up with a requesting tutee. Requesting a tutor in itself is quite easy: simply fill in a form provided by the Clearing House and, as soon as they can, you will get matched up with a tutor! Being tutored is completely free: the College pays the tutor for you, and you simply have to make use of this resource.

Now, say you got a tutor, what then? The Clearinghouse will send an e-mail with their contact information, which you can use to contact them and set up a meeting time. Tutors can meet with you for up to three hours a week; any more than that needs to be arranged at your discretion and cost. Many tutor-tutee pairs like to meet at the first floor of Berry Library (or FFB, as the refined Dartmouth student calls it). Another option is a dorm's common room, provided the two of you live near each other. Another important point is what you can and cannot discuss with your tutor. Dartmouth has something called the Honor code, which governs how trust and honor play in a class. In objective terms, it is the code of law that defines what cheating and dishonesty are, and those two are harshly punished here. Say you are taking a Computer Science class, like I am. Is it okay or not to write code with your tutor by your side, looking at it? Well, depends. The safest bet is always to ask your professor if they are okay with you discussing something with your tutor, and if they want you to acknowledge you had these discussions at submission time.

I hope you make good use of tutors when you come to Dartmouth! They are an amazing resource that can help you get through harder classes or explain concepts in a manner closer to how you see it. As a final piece of advice, never struggle alone at Dartmouth: there are plenty of resources to support you through being here.


Gui '22

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