Why Tutoring?

Why Tutoring?

Tutoring: A Tool For Success

Why Use Tutoring?

Tutoring gets results!  As with anything in life, you only get out of it what you put into it.  To get the most out of tutoring, you need to come prepared and work hard when you meet with a tutor.  But if you apply yourself, you’ll reap the academic rewards.

Consider this:

  • Studies show students who attend more repeat tutoring visits (4 or more) in a semester will receive better grade outcomes than students who attend less to none. They also tend to improve from course to course within a sequence.
  • Studies also show students who participate in specialized cohort interventions such as those that provide constant engagement with support, successful college habits/skills and learning strategies, have even higher rates of successful grade outcomes, retention and graduation rates.
  • More successful grades are the key to improved retention rates and graduation rates. This past Spring 2019 semester, students who attended at least 4 or more tutoring appointments for Arabic, Chinese, French, and Italian received more successful grade outcomes (C or higher) than students who attended zero appointments in the same languages.
    • Average difference ~ 13%


If I use a tutor, isn’t that a sign that I’m weak or not smart enough?


It is not true that some students are smart and others are not. Success is learned! - its time, effort, and strategy applied across the breadth and depth of your learning process. 

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.” -Albert Einstein

Students at every level come for tutoring. Academic support is a tool for success just like the gym is a tool to be healthier. You would never say going to the gym because you want to be healthy is a sign of weakness. People are inspired and encouraged by those who go to the gym just as people should be inspired and encouraged by those who go to tutoring. Needing some extra help with college subjects is the norm. It is not a sign of weakness or a lack of “smartness.” 

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” -Henry Ford

In fact, just the opposite is true:  Taking advantage of the free campus resources to help you succeed is a sign that you’re motivated towards improvement by expanding your active learning environment. This fosters the mastery oriented response resulting in an improved independent learner!

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas A. Edison

What services and resources does the MLC offer?

Small Group Tutoring:  Call, stop by, or log on to TutorTrac to schedule some tutoring appointments. You will work with trained tutors who will provide you with constructive learning support for Arabic, Chinese, Italian, French, German, Japanese, & Spanish.

The groups are very small:  only two students per session, and the other student in your session is always taking the same course.  Appointments last for one hour.  There is no limit to the number of tutoring sessions you can have in a semester, but you should plan ahead to get the days and times you prefer.

Textbook Resources and Free Duolingo Access:  Check out hardcopy resources (Textbooks) to practice with language content in your tutoring session or for private study.

You can also request information on setting up a Duolingo account at the front desk. The software provides support in all of the above languages offered at the college. It’s free and can be accessed off campus.

Language Placement Exam: Request to take a placement exam in the language of your choice. The exam is designed to place students in a language level correlating with the level of their language proficiency. Note: the exam is required for Spanish and French.

Computer Lab: You can also stop by the center if you need a computer to complete digital assignments such as homework, check your email, or for printing needs. The lab is a fully functional student networked printing location. All of the computers are brand new windows 10 PCs. They are fast and efficient for all of your digital needs.

Review Sessions:  These are large group sessions offered for some of the languages supported. They usually take place in classrooms outside of the MLC. Information is provided during the semester with the details of the languages the sessions will support and when they will be offered.

Window View:  The MLC has a large and captivating window view of the Hudson. Come enjoy the view with plenty of sun light to help you relax and learn.


How do I get the most out of tutoring?

  1. Come early! Come often!
    1. Students who begin tutoring from the beginning of the semester typically do better than those who wait.
  2. Book your appointments early.
    1. During peak times in the semester, you may need to book at least a week in advance to get the times you prefer.
  3. Come prepared
    1. Please bring your classnotes, textbook, and any material you are using as part of your course learning.  Look over the readings and try working on problems in advance.  If you can, bring a list of specific questions based on the problems or sections you’ve been practicing on. The more you prepare, the more you will get out of the session.
  4. If you miss a class, get the notes from a classmate, or reach out to your instructor, or check your blackboard before your tutoring session. Tutoring is not a substitute for attending class. It’s an addition to your learning!

    Thank You,

    Updated July 2019