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Library Tutoring Policy

FSU Libraries are proud to provide free tutoring for currently enrolled FSU students. Our tutors are upper-year undergraduate students who have successfully completed their lower-year level courses.

In order to ensure you have a beneficial and rewarding tutoring experience, please read the expectations outlined below.

March 2020 Policy update for online tutoring: Per the university’s recommendations and our own academic standards (listed in full below), tutors will ask students to verify the source of the problem they are assisting with or question they are answering. Tutors will not assist with the completion of graded assignments. If further verification or clarification is needed, a tutor may ask students to briefly share their screens to show what they are working on or to hold up the appropriate page of the textbook they pulled the problem from.

Tutors are expected to:

• Make an honest commitment to assist students.
• Remain professional and treat students with respect.
• Maintain student confidentiality.
• Help students better understand basic concepts and formulas.
• Provide tips on problem solving, studying, becoming a better student.

Students are expected to:

• Come to tutoring sessions prepared (for example, it is useful for you to bring all notes and/or books associated with the class for the tutor to reference).
• Not to ask tutors to check or complete homework or any other graded work. Instead, students may ask whether they understand a concept, are completing all the steps to a problem, or if a tutor can help solve practice problems.
• Be respectful of the tutor and their time. Each session should last no more than fifteen minutes, but students can come back for multiple sessions in the same evening.
• See their professor or Teaching Assistant if questions are too advanced or in-depth for the tutors to answer within fifteen minutes.
• Adhere to the FSU Academic Honor Code as outlined in the FSU Student Handbook.

Should a student ask a tutor to do something that would violate the FSU Honor Code or that does not match the Expectations for Students listed above, they may be asked to leave the Learning District for the night or permanently.

Latest Revision: 
March, 2020

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