Do I need an appointment to receive tutoring or can I walk in?
The ASC offers walk-in tutoring as well as tutoring by appointment. If you have a question, by all means, just stop in! However, to avoid disappointment and to better assist you in managing your time overall, the ASC tutors highly encourage appointments. Appointments can be made in person or by calling (315) 574-4000.
Is there a charge for tutoring?
No. All tutoring is free.
Can anyone request a tutor?
Yes. If you are a currently enrolled Herkimer College student, either full-time or part-time, you have access to tutoring services.
Are tutors available for every course?
More than 75 different courses have tutors, including the core courses needed by most Herkimer College majors. Unfortunately, not every tutor is available all hours, all days of the week. At the beginning of each semester, a current listing of courses with tutors is posted at the entrance to the ASC. A quick swipe of your ID card at the front desk will give you a listing of all tutors available for the courses you are taking, with their available hours. If a tutor is not available for a specific course, the ASC will make every effort to find or suggest alternative resources to help you.
Does the Academic Support Center have computers for students to use?
Yes. There are eight computers available in the main area of the ASC and 38 computers in the between the two computer labs. Laptops are available for check out at the library circulation desk for use anywhere in the ASC, including the collaborative area and the study rooms. All computers are available to Herkimer students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tell me about the tutors in the ASC. Are they good? Do they know their stuff?
Herkimer’s tutoring program is accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association as a Level I program; all tutoring staff members receive Level II tutor training.
There are two full-time tutors specializing in writing across the curriculum and math across the curriculum. In addition, we have an Academic Coach who provides help in study strategies. Part-time tutors are hired each semester to support students in math, science, business, technology, humanities, and social science courses.
All tutors have appropriate subject matter degrees for the areas in which they tutor. They also have years of teaching and tutoring experience to their credit.
To round out the ASC’s tutoring staff, peer tutors are hired each semester in various subject areas. Peer tutors are highly selected students, usually seniors, who have been referred by faculty and who have achieved at least a “B” in the courses they tutor and a minimum GPA of 3.25. Peer tutors are trained and mentored by the full-time staff.
How can I become a peer tutor? Are peer tutors paid? How many hours per week can I expect to work if chosen?
To apply to become a peer tutor at Herkimer College, request an application at the ASC main desk (x8275). With the application, you’ll also be asked to provide two faculty references. New peer tutors are usually chosen in late spring semester for the upcoming fall. Peer tutors work approximately 5 hours per week and earn minimum wage.