Who goes to the Brandywine Learning Center?
In a word – everyone! First-year students, students who struggle with a particular class, and even students close to graduation have come to the Brandywine Learning Center to go over a project with a tutor or to get help with a tricky course that’s outside a student’s comfort zone.
Do I really need tutoring?
"Tutoring” does not mean you are struggling; it simply means you are being careful and conscientious with your work. Some questions to consider:
- Do you have any questions about your assignments that you would really like someone to answer?
- Are you unsure of what you need to know before you take a big exam?
- Does it seem like there is simply too much reading for one of your classes, and you do not know how to begin to tackle all of it?
- Do you just want to rehearse a presentation with someone prior to giving it?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then you should make an appointment with a tutor at the Brandywine Learning Center.
What subjects does the Brandywine Learning Center work with?
All non-science, non-math general education courses as well as upper division psychology, business, and HD FS courses. This includes: accounting, economics, psychology, HD FS, CAS, history, philosophy, nutrition, criminology, and statistics for the social sciences. If you’re not sure whether or not we offer support for a given course, ask!
Do I have to come every week?
Not necessarily. Only students enrolled in the one-credit EDPSY 297 academic support courses must come for at least one hour each week. Other students can attend less frequently, or simply schedule appointments as they feel they need them. One word of caution, though – Brandywine Learning Center tutors schedule appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you wait to schedule an appointment you might find it difficult to find an opening that works for your schedule!
When should I schedule an appointment?
A good guideline is, “when you first have questions about a class.” The more time you give yourself to work on an assignment or task, the better the result will be. Scheduling one appointment before a hefty midterm exam will limit the amount of meaningful help you can get but setting up a regular meeting with a tutor several weeks before your test will have an appreciable effect on your performance. Try and schedule an appointment when you have your first doubts about your classes.
How do I schedule an appointment?
The Brandywine Learning Center uses an online scheduling system to set up appointments. You can find it at https://brandywine.mywconline.com.
The online schedule is completely booked? What do I do?
If you do not see any open slots on the online schedule, then send an email to the tutor you are trying to schedule with. Tutors’ email addresses appear below their names on the online scheduler. Tutors may be able to make an adjustment to their schedules to accommodate you or they may be able to set up an appointment for more than one student for something like an exam review. You can also email the Coordinator, Dr. Christine Brown at [email protected] for more assistance.
What if I need to cancel my appointment after I set it up?
Students can cancel their appointments through the online scheduling system they used to set up their appointments. Simply click on your reserved slot and then click the “Cancel” button in the menu that opens. Please try and keep the needs of other students in mind when doing this! If you cancel at the last minute, then your appointment most likely will not be filled by someone who may have been asking for that time.
Will my instructor know if I am going to tutoring?
No., not unless you want us to notify them that you attended a session. The Brandywine Learning Center protects the communications of students who make appointments with tutors and will only relay information to an instructor (for something like extra credit) if a student expressly directs tutors to do so. Otherwise, everything discussed during an appointment with a tutor is kept confidential.
Do tutors know what I am supposed to do for an assignment?
Although tutors have not necessarily read your course textbook or articles that were assigned to you for a project, they have a lot of experience in helping students figure out what is expected for an assignment. Please make sure you have an assignment sheet for a project you have questions about, or a copy of your course reading if there is something in it that you do not understand.
Do tutors grade me?
The only students who receive a grade for their work in the Brandywine Learning Center are students enrolled in EDPSY 297 Sections 101 or 102., or ENGL 005 Section 300.
Can tutors help with homework?
Yes! However, we cannot do your homework for you. Nor can we help you with anything like an online quiz or test.