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Tutors provide one-on-one assistance in a specific subject area. The Accessible Learning Centre (ALC) maintains a list of approved tutors whom we have interviewed, but you are welcome to search for your own tutor.

Working with a tutor is not guaranteed to improve your grades. Rather, it is a tool to assist your learning. Tutors can answer questions, provide additional explanations and assist your studying.

Both you and your tutor must follow academic integrity guidelines. Tutors can help you understand the content of a course, but they cannot complete the work for you.

Tutors are paid an hourly fee ($20-$30 an hour), and your consultant can assist you with exploring options for financial assistance to help with the cost of tutors.

Steps to Requesting a Tutor

  • Meet with your accommodation consultant to determine if tutoring is the best option. If tutoring is the preferred option, then your consultant will discuss potential funding opportunities available, including the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD).
  • Complete the request form with your consultant. Once you submit this form, tutor names will be forwarded to you. You are responsible for making contact and choosing the tutor with whom you wish to work.
  • Fees for tutoring range between $20 and $30 an hour, depending on the tutor’s level of education and experience. Ensure you pay the tutor at each session. If you meet with the tutor before you receive your bursary cheque, it is your responsibility to pay for the tutor directly. If it is determined that you are not eligible for the bursary, it is still your responsibility to pay the tutor.
  • Use the "Tutor Receipt Form" (available from the educational planner or from your consultant) to keep track of your tutoring sessions.
  • If you are using bursary funds, you must submit the completed form to student awards by the end of term.

Your Responsibilities

If you are not satisfied with your tutor or if you have any questions or concerns, it is your responsibility to contact the ALC or your consultant. You are not required to continue with your tutor if you are not satisfied. However, if you discontinue working with your tutor, you are required to pay for the sessions up to that point.

  • Be prepared and prompt for each tutoring session.
  • Provide 24 hours’ notice of cancelling or rescheduling a session.
  • Arrange to meet with tutor in mutually agreed upon location.
  • Treat the tutor with respect.
  • Pay the tutor at each session.
  • Address any changes or concerns with the ALC.

Tutor Responsibilities

  • Be prepared and prompt for each tutoring session.
  • Arrange to meet with students in public and mutually convenient locations.
  • Arrange payment in advance of first session.
  • Provide 24 hours' notice of cancelling or rescheduling exams.
  • Maintain confidentiality about the identity and details of students you are assisting.
  • Contact the ALC of any contact information changes.
  • Address any problems or concerns with the ALC.