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Tutorial Services

One of the goals of the Center for Academic Success & Tutoring (CAST) is to offer quality tutorial services to Montclair State University students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of CAST tutoring, covered within their tuition, which fosters active learning, reasoning and critical thinking. Our staff works to create a comfortable and engaging environment for students to further develop their academic skills and knowledge.  Additionally, the tutors working at the Center are trained and certified in applying learning strategies and tutoring techniques to help students become more confident and competent learners while facing academic challenges and mastering the course content.

If you are interested in attending a tutoring session look for our online tutoring schedule available soon in Navigate and sign up for an appointment! If you have questions now, please reach out  to us through live chat!

Meet the Tutors!

Spring 2021 Hours:

Tutoring Services are available for Spring 2021 courses via online appointments. Schedules will be available  soon through Navigate. We ask that appointments be made at least an hour in advance and if you cannot attend,  please try to cancel your appointment 2 hours prior so that someone else can utilize your time.

Students who are over 15 minutes late to a meeting or miss their session twice within 30 days are marked as a NO SHOW and will be unable to schedule tutoring appointments. If you receive an unexpected notice of “Sorry! There are no availabilities supporting the scheduling of Appointments at this time.” this is likely the cause. Please reach out to CAST support to discuss the missed sessions or wait 30 days from the last missed session for your counter to be rest.

If you are interested in tutoring but as unsure if a session is available please Tutoring Course Request Form and a staff member will assist in pairing you with the appropriate tutor.

To access your online appointment, you will need to log in to zoom 5 minutes before your start time and wait for your tutor to let you in.

To ensure your session is seamless, please make sure:

  • you have provided a detailed description of what you will be working on including the course in question
  • your internet is working well
  • your audio and webcam are working
  • your browser is up to date

For further assistance and a step-by-step process to sign up for how to sign up for online tutoring, please click the “Online Tutoring” drop-down below.

Types of Assistance

Appointment Based Tutoring

All one on one tutoring is available by appointment (hour long appointments) through our online tutoring schedule. This site allows students and tutors to communicate prior to their meeting about the topics regarding their session and reserve an individual meeting with a tutor.  Appointment Based Tutoring is currently remote through Zoom.

Walk-In Based Tutoring

Walk-In Tutoring does not require students to make an appointment and is great for when something comes up quickly or a student has a quick question. Walk-In Tutoring is based on the remaining hours a tutor is scheduled to work with the Center for Academic Success & Tutoring, but they do not have students with reserved appointments. If we cannot provide a student with a walk-in appointment, we will work to get them the closest scheduled appointment possible.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is a unique form of tutoring where the tutors are involved in your classrooms. Supplemental Instructors will attend lectures and work closely with your professors to make sure they know exactly what your class is working on. Supplemental Instructors are skilled tutors that offer open group tutoring hours for the students in your section and is also available to others taking the class. Supplemental Instruction happens for varied classes across campus and in different locations. The semester schedule can be found here.  More information on Supplemental Instruction can be found in the Supplemental Instruction side tab.

Academic Coaching

In the same way a student would make an appointment for biology, anyone looking for some more universal academic support can make an appointment in skill tutoring with some of our Academic Coaches.  These coaches tailor their meetings to their students’ needs and provide them with resources along with schedule follow up meetings to check in. This covers topics like:

  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Testing Stress
  • Study Strategies
  • Balancing and Prioritizing
  • Note Taking
  • Focus
  • Connecting to Campus Resources

Online Tutoring

To request an online session, follow the regular steps to book a tutoring session through our appointment site.

This will allow you to:

  • Video chat
  • Message
  • Upload/ Download documents
  • Draw
  • Type
How to Sign Up for CAST Tutoring

To Attend A Tutoring Session You Can:

Go online to online tutoring schedule through Navigate.

1. Sign in using your Net Id and password.

2. Click the Blue ” Make an Appointment/Drop In” button on the right hand site of the page.

3. Follow the prompts selecting “Academic Support” when asked for the service.

4. Select either our content based tutoring( Course Specific or General) or Academic Coaching. More specific directions for the different choices and your best tutoring pair please see ” What type of tutoring is best for you?”

5. On the next page you can continue to filter your options using the drop downs on the left. Select either a particular tutor or keep all available options to see a list of matching times for the next 5 days. If no time is available please check the next 5 days.

6. Select the time that works best for you and complete the connected appointment form.

7. Provide a detail description of what you are looking to work on with the tutor answering the following:

– What class is this for?

– What specific topic ( not chapter) will be covered?

– What is the goal of the tutoring session? ( Review for test, help understanding the material better, assist with organization for assignments)

Can’t Find an Appointment?

  1. If you do not see an appointment that fits your needs check our table for ” What type of tutoring is best for you?” and head back through the options to re-select.
  2. Check under our Supplemental Instruction options. These drop in tutoring times can be found by selecting “Drop In” on the right after clicking the ” Make an Appointment/Drop” In button ( Step 2).
  3. If you cannot find a match for your needs or are unsure please complete our Tutoring Course Request Form

What is Expected of Our Students?

It takes two to tutor, so make sure you come prepared.

Arrive on time

  • Any student over 15 minutes late to a scheduled appointment will have their appointment dropped and it will be open for walk-in students.
  • If a student is over 15 minutes late or misses two or more appointments, their account with our scheduling site will be disabled and will only be allowed walk-in appointments going forward.

Know what you want to work on

  • On your appointment form, give your tutor a good description of the topics and questions you would like to work on. The more information, the better they can prepare.
  • Come having started the work and with questions and resources (textbook, calculators, assignments) for the tutor. This gives you the most out of your time.
  • Please be aware to make sure all students can use our resources, students are allowed 2 hours of tutoring appointments within a day and 3 hours with a particular tutor in a week.

Know what your role is and what your tutor’s role is

  • We want to help you learn so the CAST staff and our tutors appreciate students who come ready to learn. The two best ways to learn are to “do” and to “teach”. This means your tutor might try to be more hands off and may ask you questions or ask you to explain.
Online Tutoring: How to Schedule and Access Your Appointment

We ask that appointments be made at least an hour in advance and if you cannot attend,  please try and cancel your appointment 2 hours prior so someone else can utilize your time.

To access your online appointment, you will need to log in 5 minutes before your start time, open your appointment form and click the purple link in the center.

To ensure your session is seamless please make sure:

  • your internet is working well
  • your audio and webcam are working
  • your browser is up to date

How to Schedule and Attend an Online Tutoring Session:

Go to the online tutoring schedule.

1. Sign in using your Net Id and password.

2. Click the Blue ” Make an Appointment” button on the right hand site of the page.

3. Follow the prompts selecting “Academic Support” when asked for the service.

4. Continue through the filters until you get to the list of available tutors and times. More specific directions for the different choices and your best tutoring pair please see ” What type of tutoring is best for you?”

5. Select either a particular tutor or keep all available options to see a list of matching times for the next 5 days. If no time is available please check the next 5 days.

6. Select the time that works best for you and complete the connected appointment form.

7. Provide a detail description of what you are looking to work on with the tutor answering the following:

– What class is this for?

– What specific topic ( not chapter) will be covered?

– What is the goal of the tutoring session? ( Review for test, help understanding the material better, assist with organization for assignments)

  • If you experience any technical issues when trying to access you appointment, please try using a different browser (eg. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), as this often resolves the issue and reach out to your tutor to make them aware.

 

For more information regarding how to schedule an online tutoring appointment, how to access the appointment, along with functions and tools that both you and your tutor can use during the appointment, please watch the following video:

Online Tutoring How-To Video 

 

If you have any issues or concerns, please reach out to the CAST Tutoring Coordinator, Tess Grunseich at grunseicht@montclair.edu.