College Tutoring Services


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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 EDP Tutor of the Year Award: Margaret Fagan, Jordan Reed and Andrew Senseney
Missing from the picture: Jordan Reed




We Can:

  • Help you understand and complete your coursework;
  • Explain concepts, whether general or advanced;
  • Work through different examples of the problems giving you trouble;
  • Help you build confidence to work out problems on your own;
  • Give note-taking and studying advice;
  • Help discover specifically what you can do to better your skills in a subject area.

        We Cannot:

  • Substitute for your professor, who is best-equipped to answer questions specific to your class;
  • Magically help you meet a deadline if you waited too long to start an assignment;
  • Do your homework problems for you;
  • Write or rewrite major portions of your papers;
  • Help you with assignments that your professor wants you to do by yourself, like take-home tests.

        To Best Use The Learning Center:

  • Take careful notes in class and try to understand them;
  • Put forth serious effort in your work;
  • See your professor, especially with questions about the lectures and assignments;
  • Bring your textbook, notes, assignments, and specific questions with you to the Learning Center;
  • Consider visiting in a small group, if there are others in your class who want help too;
  • Take a tutoring schedule with you after your first visit so you know when to come back;
  • Never wait until the last minute! Come early; come often.

Please Remember:

  • We do the best we can to be a productive supplement to your own work.
  • We don't give you the answers, we help you find them.


Questions and Answers about Drop-in Tutoring


Q.  Do I make an appointment for tutoring?

A.  Nope!  You just come to the Learning Center during drop-in hours and see if a tutor is available in your subject area.

Q.  Are there tutors for all subjects?

A.  For most, yes.  There are some secondary subjects tutors will help with outside their discipline.  Check our website for more information at

Q.  How do I find the tutor I need?

A.  First, check the schedule to see if a tutor is available in your subject area.  Next, each table has a sign showing which subject is being tutored there.  Find your table and help yourself to a seat.  A tutor will greet you and your session can begin.

Q.  Who are the tutors?

A.  Students like yourself who have been recommended by faculty and been trained.  Tutors are not all-knowing oracles who can answer every question. Rather, they are successful students who are willing to share with you the techniques that they have found to work. 

Q.  Where is the drop-in tutoring schedule?

A.  There are copies of the schedule located throughout the Learning Center.  There is also a master copy on the wall under “How to use the Learning Center.”  The schedule is also online at

Q.  What does it cost to receive tutoring?

A.  Nothing!  It’s FREE to all Fredonia students.

Q.  Will my instructor know if I come to the Learning Center for tutoring?

A.  Only if you tell your instructor.  Tutoring is confidential.  Taking advantage of drop-in is free choice you make.  You cannot be mandated to visit the Learning Center for tutoring.

Q.  What is a tutoring session like?

A.  Tutoring is different from teaching in that a tutoring session is based solely on where you are in understanding your course material. Since a tutoring session is based on your questions, you must have at least attempted to complete your assignment. A tutor cannot help you with something you have not tried yourself.

Q.  I have a test tomorrow, can tutoring help?

A.  The Learning Center is not a remedial center, nor a place for students who have blown off classes all semester and need to be taught chapters and chapters of material. Although we can help you if you are in a bind, drop-in tutoring is more for keeping you out of one.   Come in for drop-in tutoring before you become buried in material you do not understand.

Q.  Won’t I look “stupid” coming for tutoring?

A.  The Learning Center tutors do not categorize the people that we help. Each person is an individual and therefore has different needs and abilities, making every tutoring session unique.  The goal of tutoring is to help you with your assignment in a way that will help you become more successful in all of your classes.  Seniors as well as freshman come for tutoring; “A” students as well as “D” students come for tutoring.

Q.  Can I have my own private tutor?

A.  Sorry, No.  Private tutoring is only available for students in designated programs.  Speak to Learning Center staff with any questions.

Tutoring Center Hours
Monday 1pm - 9pm
Tuesday 1pm - 10pm
Wednesday 1pm - 9pm
Thursday 1pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 6pm - 9pm

The Learning Center

Carnahan-Jackson Center
Reed Library Fourth Floor
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3550 phone
(716) 673-3801 fax