Frequently Asked Questions about General Tutoring
How do I apply for tutoring?
Tutorial and Instructional Programs is located in JSAC 1221. You may apply for a Tutor through Starfish. Program assistants are available to help you if you experience difficulty signing up Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much does it cost?
Tutoring through Tutorial and Instructional Programs is free academic support services for Gallaudet students.
Tell me about the various services TIP provides.
Tutoring is available on a one-on-one and small group basis for students enrolled in most courses. English coaching for students working on papers for class or self-improvement is available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays .
What should I expect from tutoring?
A Tutor is not a substitute for your teacher. You are expected to attend class regularly. For tutoring sessions read your textbook and complete as much of your homework as possible. Come to the session with questions about your reading assignment or homework that you did not understand. You should bring your textbook, class notes, old test papers, class handouts, etc.
How will I know when my tutoring session starts?
Tutorial and Instructional Programs staff will send you an email (we only use Gallaudet email addresses) with your name, the Tutor's name, the name of course, your assigned tutoring days, time, room assignment and tutoring start date. You are required to come to the TIP lab in JSAC 1221 to meet your Tutor and sign in at the kiosk for all sessions.
Why do we have to sign in?
The Tutorial and Instructional Programs budget has to be justified by how well our services are used. The sign-in process helps us keep good records of usage of our services. In addition, the sign-in numbers tell us how students most use TIP so that we can make changes and better serve you.
What should I do if I am not happy my Tutor?
You should come in and discuss the situation with a TIP supervisor.
I need accommodations, what do I do?
Inform the TIP supervisor that you will need accommodations and explain the kind of accommodations needed.
Why are Tutors not allowed to help with take-home test?
In accordance with the Academic Honesty Policy established by Gallaudet University, Tutors/English Coaches are not permitted to assist students with tests.
What happens if I miss an appointment?
If you cannot make your scheduled tutoring session please email your tutor and cc the program assistant at email@example.com. Occasionally the tutor may not see the email prior to the session. Be mindful that you are only permitted to cut your tutoring sessions 3 times at the risk of being dropped from tutoring.
Why aren't English Coaches allowed to edit or proofread papers?
If a Tutor or English Coach edits or proofreads course work (and makes changes for the student), the student would not be presenting his or her own true work.
Where can I find more information about TIP?
Visit our TIP Center at JSAC #1221 and ask our Program Assistant for more information.
What are TIP's hours?
TIP is open for tutoring Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the academic year. Summer hours are posted in accordance with the summer school schedule.
Are you open on the weekends?
No, TIP is closed on weekends.