Tutoring Myths

 

FAQs

  • Are you open on weekends?
    • The ULC is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Fridays we open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays we are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m..

 

  • Do I have to set up an appointment?
    • No, you do not.  The ULC operates on a first come first serve system. 

 

  • Can my son/daughter receive tutoring? He/she is in high school and is struggling in math.
    • The ULC offers academic support to TAMIU students only.  You must be a registered student with a valid student ID to receive any services.

 

  • I graduated from TAMIU and am preparing for the GRE, can I receive tutoring from the ULC?
    • Our services are for current TAMIU students.  You must be registered for classes and have a valid student ID to receive tutoring.  We do however, offer workshops regularly with a possible fee. For more information call us at 956-326-2723.

 

  • Can I pay a tutor to help me outside of the Learning Center?
    • We are not responsible for any tutoring outside of our center. You can however, provide us with your name, number and the subject you need help with and we will gladly post your information in our break room. A tutor will then possibly contact you to set something up, depending on their schedule.

 

  • Can I borrow a book?
    • Unfortunately, our books are only for tutor use.

 

  • I purchased the E-book but find it difficult to read through, can I just borrow a textbook while I am at the ULC?
    • Unfortunately, our books are only for tutor use.

 

  • Can I print at the ULC?
    • Yes, the ULC has numerous computers and a printer for TAMIU student use.

 

 

About Supplemental Instruction

  • What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?
    • Supplemental Instruction is best described as group-tutoring sessions that are organized and scheduled by the University Learning Center (ULC).  The ULC provides an SI leader that sits in the course, takes notes, and stays up-to-date with the course material and whose responsibility it is to provide a schedule for group-tutoring sessions available to that specific class in the ULC. 

 

  • What do we do in SI sessions?
    • Students are then able and encouraged to attend SI sessions where they can refresh over lectured material, share study tips, go over notes, and effectively study while the session is augmented by their SI leader.  Supplemental Instruction provides a place to enhance class performance, make friends and enrich the overall academic experience at TAMIU.

 

 

  • How effective is SI?
    • Supplemental Instruction has been consistently shown to increase student performance in class, by an average of 0.5 on a 4.0 scale.  That’s half a letter grade!  Some may even increase their performance much more so than that as well!

 

  • When are my SI sessions going to happen?
    • That differs by class.  The SI leader assigned to your course section will usually arrive within the first day or two and announce themselves while passing out a survey showing their available times to organize an SI session.  The class will vote in the survey for a specific time slot (or two if needs be) and the winning sessions will be announced as set times for that class.

 

  • What if the time slot I want isn’t available for SI after all?
    • No worries!  The ULC is still readily available for one-on-one tutoring or you can always come talk to our friendly staff in order to be given alternate times for other SI sessions that you may attend.

 

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