Welcome to the SU Tutor Registry
Struggling with your course work? Need assistance preparing for an exam? Your SU has developed a searchable database of independent tutors that are here to help you in a wide range of subjects.
The Tutors listed on the SU Tutor Registry are current or past students of the University of Calgary who provide independent services as Tutors.
The Tutors on the Tutor Registry are not employees, contractors or agents of the University of Calgary or the Students’ Union. The Tutors do not pay a fee to the U of C or the SU and are not monitored or overseen in their provision of tutoring services. The Tutor Registry is simply a resource that assists in connecting tutors with students that are seeking assistance.
We try to ensure that tutors are qualified by verifying that the following specific criteria are met before we approve them for inclusion on our searchable list:
- Must be at least a second year student
- Obtain an A- or higher in the course(s) they intend to tutor
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
The SU Tutor Registry standards are taken seriously and all applicants, regardless of their degree level are required to provide documentation that clearly shows that they have achieved a level of mastery in the courses they wish to tutor in.
The U of C and the SU make no representations or warranty as to the Tutor’s skills or qualifications beyond the above listed criteria. Tutors are not subjected to any character testing or criminal searches. Further suggestions and tips for hiring a tutor may be found under the Terms of Usage page.
Disclaimer: Tutors listed on the Tutor Registry are not employees, contractors or agents of the University of Calgary (U of C) or the Students’ Union (SU). The U of C and the SU make no representation or warranty as to the Tutors’ skills or personal character. We do not check the criminal history of the listed Tutors, and students should meet and study with their selected Tutor in a public place. The Tutor Registry is provided solely as a service to students to use at their own risk. All financial and other business arrangements are strictly between the Tutor and the Tutee. The U of C and the SU shall not be liable for any problems or disputes which arise in the course of the Tutor-Tutee relationship.
Terms of Usage
- Start looking for a tutor as soon as you realize you might need one – give yourself enough time to find a tutor who is right for you.
- Clearly establish your expectations for a tutor. Choosing the right tutor is the first step on your path to success.
- Ask potential tutors for a list of references. Speaking with other students about their experience can help you determine if the tutor is qualified and can give you an idea of their teaching style.
- Set up an interview with a potential tutor. Choosing the right tutor is finding some who is qualified and that you want to work with. Questions you may want to ask:
- What type of previous tutor or teaching experience have you had?
- What is your educational background?
- What is your approach?
- How will you personalize your program for me?
- Be safe! – ALWAYS MEET IN A PUBLIC PLACE! — or at least where there will be other adults present. Ask to see picture identification at your initial meeting. This is for the protection of the you AND the tutor.
Rates For A Basic Tutor
Rates Based On Education Level
High School Graduate
Rates Based On Subjects
Elementary School-level Subjects
High School-level Subjects
- Be prepared to pay a good tutor what they are worth. Fees many vary based on:
- the level of education they have received;
- the level of the subject matter they are expected to teach.
- The tutor has the ability to choose the price of their tutorial. This can range from free sessions to reasonable hourly rates. There is often room to negotiate with regards to the payments of tutorials.
- Ensure you work out your payment methods ahead of a time. You do not want to use your sessions to work out payment schedules.
- Hold your tutor sessions in a public place such as the library. DO NOT make an exception for this rule.
- Schedule your tutor sessions for the time of day that is most conducive to your learning.
- Try a few tutoring sessions with your tutor before committing yourself to a regular schedule so you can be sure that the tutor’s teaching style is compatible with your learning needs.
- Clearly set out your expectations and discuss any academic goals you would like to achieve Create a plan for how you want to spend the time in your tutoring session.
- Prepare for your tutoring session. Communicate your need and concerns to your tutor. Bring pertinent texts, notes, assignments and–most of all–your questions. The more specific your purpose, the more on target a tutor can be.
- Attend all class sessions. Your notes from class are the best resource on course content and determining exactly how your instructor is prioritizing the information.
- Your tutor should challenge you, and help you acquire the skills you need to achieve academic success.
- Remember that tutors cannot complete your assignments for you, but that they will guide you through the questions ensuring that you have a proper understanding of the concepts that are related to any assignments.