Loyola University Chicago

Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence

Frequently Asked ?'s

Answers to Your Tutoring Questions 

   Who can register for Small Group Tutoring sessions?

The Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence provides services for LUC undergraduate students.  We are better suited to handle tutoring requests from freshman and sophomores level courses. However, if you are in need of help in junior or senior level coursework we still may be able to help. So do complete our Collaborative Learners Request or contact us to make sure your subject is being offered. Click here for the Collaborative Learners Request.

   How and when do I register for Small Group Tutoring?

Registration for Small Group Tutoring opens 2 weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Registration closes the first business day after the deadline to withdraw from classes with a "W." We highly recommend that you register as early as possible in order to give the CTAE as much time as possible to match you with other participants.

To register for Small Group Tutoring, click here. Please make sure all fields are filled out and properly spelled. This will hasten placement into groups.

   How many courses can I request Small Group Tutoring?

There is no limit on Small Group Tutoring requests.

Is One-On-One Tutoring Possible?

 One-On-One tutoring is only possible under the condition that no one else requests the same time and subject for small-group tutoring. Of course if another request is received then other students can be placed with you and your tutor. We want to make sure everyone gets the help they seek but make sure to provide as many availabilities as possible.

   How long are Tutoring sessions?

  • Small group tutoring sessions last for 50 minutes.
  • Study Halls depend on tutor availability, please contact us to find out when study halls are being held for your desired subject
  • SI tutoring sessions are typically 50 minutes.

   When can I expect to begin my Small Group Tutoring?

Some groups begin meeting as early as the second week of the semester.  We begin working to fill your request as soon as we receive it. Depending on the number of other requests we have received for your class and the availability of our tutors, your group could take between 1-3 weeks to form. please stop by or call our front desk of an update on the status of your request.

   What if I need to miss a Small Group Tutoring session?

Consistent attendance is the corner stone to academic success. Should you need to miss a session it is required that you contact the CTAE prior to the meeting time of your group. Acceptable means of contact include a phone call to the front desk (773) 508.7708 or an email to tutoringcenter@luc.edu. Any student who has more than 3 absences for the same group may also be asked to leave.

This policy is enforced due to the volume of requests the CTAE receives. Many students are placed on wait lists for use of our service. If consistent attendance is not possible for you, our Tutor Led Study Halls might prove to be more effective for your learning style. For our current schedule of drop-in Study Halls click here.

To appeal your removal from a group due to excessive absences, email us at tutoringcenter@luc.edu.

   Where will my Small Group Tutoring Session occur?

Most small groups will meet in the Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence, in the Sullivan Center (Room 245) on the Lake Shore Campus.  Some groups may be scheduled in alternate locations, as space and needs require. The last column of the Study Hall listing will indicate where the study hall will occur. If you are unsure where your scheduled group is meeting, feel free to call the Center at 773-507-7708.

   What is expected of me in a Small Group Tutoring Session?

The best thing you can do to prepare for your tutoring session is to attend class regularly, take notes, and do your homework - then jot down the content areas you would like to address in group, including specific questions. Your peer tutor will be prepared to guide the group in reviewing course material and examining problem areas - but he/she will not be "re-teaching" the material. Your peer tutor can review concepts, help you talk through ideas together, and ask probing questions, but this will be based on the questions you and your groupmates bring to the session.

Participation is key. There are no silly questions! Remember, if you have a question about material, it is highly likely that one or more of your groupmates does too. Be sure to bring your books, assignments, and notes to each session. Also, bring any extra materials like a calculator, charts, or articles that may you need.

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program lead by peer tutors who have successfully completed a course and attend class regularly throughout the semester. Peer tutors are expected to take notes in order to identify difficult course materials to better facilitate tutoring sessions. In this way tutors are able to create very focused sessions that help students learn to blend study skills and course materials while developing other necessary tools to succeed academically.

For more information about Supplemental Instruction please follow the link here

   What can I expect from my tutor?

Your peer tutor's primary responsibility is to facilitate a learning conversation that helps clarify your questions concerning topics from your class. He/she will be on time and ready to help at every session or will make arrangements with the group to meet at an alternative time/location. He/she will have the subject area knowledge, training, and resources to effectively guide your group toward academic success. You can expect that your peer tutor will keep your sessions professional and confidential. Tutors are interested in your success and want to help you achieve your academic goals. 

   Who else will be in my group?

Groups are comprised of 3-8 students and one peer tutor. Most of the students in the group will be from the same course with the same faculty member.

   What if I have questions between Small Group Tutoring sessions?

Small group learning is based on the use of your group’s resources. Groups are encouraged to exchange emails and stay in contact between meetings for precisely this reason. Some tutors do make themselves available to their groups throughout the week. If this is not the case, the CTAE offers many drop-in study halls across a wide range of topics to assist you should you not be able to contact anyone in your group. Click here for our current drop-in study hall schedule.  

   Can I meet with a peer tutor for a one-on-one tutoring appointment?

Small Group Tutoring Sessions can be far more effective in helping you understand and retain course material than one-on-one sessions. Therefore, the Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence does not offer one-on-one tutoring appointments. Instead, we have developed a collaborative learning tutoring program similar to that of other benchmark Jesuit universities. Student learning theory suggests that students who interact with each other and the course material in group settings may understand and retain more.

If you would like further information or resources on private one-on-one tutoring, please contact us directly.

   What are the qualifications of my tutor?

Tutors are sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students. Tutors have earned an "A-" or higher in the course they are tutoring and currently have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students receive comprehensive training upon hiring and are required to continue their training throughout their employment. As a center we are certified by the National Tutoring Association (NTA), Association of The Tutoring Professional (ATP), and the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Many of our staff have completed the peer tutor certification program that is offered through the CRLA and/or ATP. Our staff is fully committed to helping you along your own path towards academic excellence.