“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

“Each one, teach one; reach back, lift as you climb!”

— Unknown

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you do the best.”

— Marva Collins

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.”

— Marian Wright Edelman

“Dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world.”

— Bahá’u’lláh

Request Tutoring

At this time tutoring is being offered in the form of study groups and recitations. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

  • Any science* or math major in need of tutoring assistance -- 
    • Please click on the Tutoring Schedules link on the left hand column to see the times of the study group sessions for your course
    • Register for one that fits your schedule, for which you can arrive on time.
    • Registration on the CARSS website is required for enrolling in a study group session.
  • You may also request aid by dropping by the CARSS office (LI 70), or calling us at: 437-4442.
  • We will meet with you, discuss your needs, and review your schedule, matching you with an appropriate tutoring situation.
  • You can also find out when tutoring assistance is available by stopping by the CARSS office.

* Science refers to: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Science, and Physics

After you've determined your study group session, look below to find some tips on how to make your tutoring session as productive as possible:

Materials you may wish to bring to your session:

  • Textbook
  • Notes, syllabus, past tests, and quizzes
  • Completed homework
  • A list of challenging problems and questions you would like to ask your tutor
  • Paper, pen, pencil, and/or highlighters
  • Calculator

Courses Tutored by CARSS Peer Tutors

  • Not all courses are offered each semester.

BIOLOGY

Biology 212 – Introductory Genetics

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry 120 – General Chemistry I
Chemistry 121 – General Chemistry II
Chemistry 220 – Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry 221 – Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 350 - Physical Chemistry I
Chemistry 444 - Biophysical Chemistry


PHYSICS

    Physics 105 – General Physics I
    Physics 108 – General Physics II
    Physics 140 – Physics I
    Physics 150 – Physics II

    



CARSS Bill of Rights

Both tutors and students have rights! Remember, whether you are a student who comes to the CARSS for assistance or a tutor who works for CARSS, you have rights! Be sure that you afford others their rights as they seek to do the same for you.

  1. You have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect by the CARSS office staff, and by all tutors and students. If and when a problem arises, all staff members will treat it with confidentiality and fairness.
  2. You have the right to participate in tutoring sessions. CARSS will provide a schedule of group sessions and recitations. You will only lose your rights to participate as a tutor or student if you do not come to sessions, habitually show up late, or refuse to work within our scheduling limitations.
  3. You have the right to an effective tutoring session. Training will be required for tutors so that they may gain the ability and confidence to know how to help people learn. Students will understand that tutors cannot be expected to possess the full realm of knowledge that course instructors do, and must be regarded as peer-tutors and not as instructors.
  4. You have the right to complete each tutoring session without interruption. Therefore, friends of the tutor or the student should not come to the tutoring session. Cell phones must be turned off or silenced upon entry to a session. Only in the event of an emergency might the tutorial session be interrupted.
  5. You have the right to say "I don't know". Tutors should feel free to seek additional information or assistance regarding specific courses or topics in order to better serve the students, and confer with an instructor regarding course materials or any course-related student learning issue. Students should expect alternate explanations of concepts whenever possible, and patience on the part of the tutor.
  6. You have the right to express grievances to the CARSS supervisors and be informed of the results. Supervisors are available throughout the semester, evaluations are completed each semester, and a suggestion box is available to encourage your input. If you are having problems with a student, a tutor, or a staff member, you should see the CARSS Coordinator, Mrs. Dianne Jester, immediately so that the issue may be addressed and resolved.
  7. You have the right to make the final decision regarding personal work. Tutors will suggest ways to study and assist in any way ethically possible to improve a student's classroom work, but the final decision as to whether the tutor's suggestions are followed rests with the student. Tutors will complete training to learn various tutoring techniques, but may choose to facilitate their own sessions in the manner that they find most effective.
  8. You have the right to confidentiality. A tutor will never discuss students or tutoring sessions with friends, family or other students. The only persons to whom a tutor may go with a question about a tutoring session or student is the tutor coordinator or the student's instructor. A student will respect a tutor's right to privacy, and not expect a tutor to answer questions on his or her personal time.

Expectations

What to Expect from a Tutor:

  • Tutors will make recommendations to help you become a more efficient student.
  • Tutors supplement your work, provide hints, suggestions, etc., but cannot replace good honest hard work.
  • Tutors will assist you in setting goals.
  • Tutors will help you with challenging problems, but will not do your homework for you.
  • Tutors are excellent sources of information regarding resources available to you on campus.

What A Tutor Expects from You:

  • Do your best to understand the material before coming to tutoring.
  • Do your homework before you come.
  • Read the syllabus. Understand what is expected of you in each class.
  • Be an active student in class. Ask questions, participate in class, and take notes.
  • Be aware of test and due dates so you can pace yourself and avoid cramming and panicking.
  • Bring a list of questions or problems you would like to discuss with your tutor.

A few simple rules make the CARSS home base a great place!

To make the center pleasant for all...

...you are welcome to:

  • Eat and drink in the CARSS study room.
  • Get FREE tutoring.
  • Meet with friends for study.
  • Find a quiet place to read or study alone.

...please remember to:

  • Sign in when you come for a tutoring session.
  • Keep your food limited to "clean" snacks (crackers, chips, fruit, and candy) rather than meals or messy foods (chili, fries, soup, large meals)
  • Be sensitive to those around you by keeping sounds and voice appropriately moderated.
  • Silence your cell phone. If you must take phone calls, please go to the hall or outside.
  • Clean up any messes you make and dispose of scratch paper and used items before you leave.

Enjoy your time with us and come in often during the semester!

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