What to Expect from a Tutor
Any SMU undergraduate, especially in a first- or second-year course, can benefit from working with an LEC tutor. (We are not able to work with graduate students or students from other schools.) We work with strong students as well as students who are taking on material they find really challenging.
Working with a tutor can be a very effective means to supplement your understanding of a course. By working with a tutor, you can discuss ideas and clarify concepts, review notes and readings, check and confirm your understanding before a test or quiz, get assistance on homework questions, or make sure you're keeping up with the class. The tutor's goal is to help you become a better student, whether your goal is to raise a B+ to an A or to pass a difficult general education requirement.
Working with a tutor does not take the place of your responsibilities as a student: going to class, meeting with your professor, taking notes, reading the books/handouts, or studying the course materials.
All LEC tutors work for SMU, not for you individually. In all things, they will adhere to the SMU Honor Code and to course-specific guidelines from SMU faculty.
Almost all LEC tutoring works on a drop-in basis, and you should do some preparation before you drop in. Bring the course basics: your textbook, your class notes, and the specific assignment you're working on. Have specific questions.