Tutoring FAQ's

If you need academic help in a subject for which there is no free tutoring available, you can pay for private tutoring with a peer tutor in Tutoring Services.

How much does it cost?

The recommended fee for tutoring is $20/hr. 

Some tutors, with extensive tutoring experience, do charge $25 and up. Please confirm, and agree to, pricing with your tutor before your first meeting.

How do I pay?

You pay the fee directly to the tutor during each session. Cash only (unless your tutor specifically agrees to cheques or online money transfers).

How do I book a tutor?

Please email tutoring@acadiau.ca to request a tutor.

The Tutoring Services Coordinator, Charlotte Rogers, will then contact you with the information you need to find a suitable tutor.

In your email, please specify:

  • your name
  • your student number
  • the name and number of the course for which you’d like a tutor (e.g.: BUSI 1013 – Financial Accounting I) 
  • the name of the professor for this course
Who are the tutors?

Our tutors include undergraduate students, graduate students, graduates and retired faculty. All tutors are required to have excellent grades or an extensive background in the courses they wish to tutor, and are required to secure a recommendation, usually from an Acadia Faculty member.

If you’re interested in becoming a tutor, click here: http://tutoring.acadiau.ca/become-a-tutor.html

How long is a tutorial?

Typically, each tutorial lasts one hour. However, if your tutor agrees, feel free to arrange for a longer (or shorter) tutoring session. Just remember, you must reimburse your tutor for the time you meet. If your tutor charges $20/hour and you meet for two-and-a-half hours, you must reimburse your tutor $50.

What subjects are available?

Tutoring is available in most major subjects - the Coordinator of Tutor Services will be able to provide you with specifics.

Where do the tutorials take place?

The tutorials take place on campus or at a mutually agreed upon public space.

No tutor meetings are to take place in a residence room/apartment/or any other private living space. Violation of this guideline will result in tutor suspension.

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Is there a minimum/maximum number of tutorials?

No. You can book a one-off session for help with a particular assignment, or regular tutorials on a long-term basis. You choose.

What do I do if I need to cancel a tutorial?

We understand how difficult it can be to juggle all the classes, labs, meetings and events that are part of university life.  Your tutors understand too – they’re going through the same thing! That said, remember that your tutors depend on this income and rearrange their own busy schedules to meet with you.

If you need to change a tutorial, please let your tutor know as far in advance as possible. You must provide a minimum of 3 hours’ notice. If you cancel with less than three hours’ notice and do not provide emergency documentation, you must reimburse your tutor $10.

If you fail to cancel your appointment and simply do not arrive at the scheduled time, you must reimburse your tutor $15.

If either of the above payments is not made within a week of the scheduled session, your tutor will contact the Tutoring Services Coordinator and you will be unable to use the Acadia Tutoring Service until the amount owing is paid in full.

What do I do if my tutor cancels a tutorial?

If your tutor cancels a tutorial with less than three hours’ notice and does not provide emergency documentation, please contact the Tutoring Services Coordinator. 

What if I want to share a tutorial with a friend?

Currently, the Acadia Tutoring Service is designed to pair students and tutors for one-on-one sessions. If you would like to share a session with a friend or friends, you must let the Tutoring Services Coordinator know in advance. If your tutor agrees to a group session, you may be given permission to proceed. You will need to discuss payment options with your tutor in advance, and come to a mutual agreement. Some tutors may charge a discounted rate to each student, while others may charge each the full fee.

What if there is no tutor available?

While we try our best to pair you with a tutor, sometimes there are simply no tutors to help in your subject or none with available time. Don’t forget that your professors should be your number one resource. Visit them for additional help during office hours, or arrange for a private meeting. Let them know that you’ve tried to find a tutor but haven’t been successful; they might be able to suggest additional options. Also contact the departmental administrator; many departments maintain tutor lists that include tutors who are notregistered with the Acadia Tutoring Service.

What if I have a Registered Disability?

Some students with a registered disability are eligible for funding.

Please contact the Disability Resource Facilitator, Kathy O’Rourke, for more information: disability.access@acadiau.ca

Or check out the Disability Access website

I'm feeling so overwhelmed

University is a major adjustment, so it is normal to feel overwhelmed and underprepared. Tutoring can help but, sometimes, it goes a bit deeper than that.

If you’re anxious, feel depressed or sad, have problems sleeping or concentrating, or just feel completely overwhelmed with all the work, deadlines and stresses of university life, contact the Student Resource Centre. There are excellent counselors that can help you.