Tutoring Services

The Academic Advising Office employs trained and academically successful Grinnell students to provide individual tutoring sessionsto any enrolled student who wants help with coursework. To request a tutor, call the Academic Advising Office at 641-269-3702 or email Belinda Backous. If you are a current tutor or tutee visit the Academic Advising GrinnellShare page (login required) to submit your reports.

Tutoring in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Tutoring Program offers individual tutoring help in the following humanities and social sciences subjects:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies
  • Global Development Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theater

The Tutoring Program also offers the following Language Tutoring Labs:

  • Arabic  M, W, Th 7-8 p.m. ARH 229
  • Chinese Sun, M, T, W, Th  8-10 p.m. in CAR 314 
  • French T, Th 7-9 p.m. in ARH 228
  • German Sun 7-9 p.m. in ARH 228
  • Greek Th 8-10 p.m. in ARH 228
  • Japanese Sun, T, Th 7-9 p.m. in CAR 313
  • Latin W 6-8 p.m. and Th 8-10 p.m. in ARH 228
  • Russian Sun 5-6  p.m. in ARH 317
  • Spanish Sun, T, Th 7-9 p.m. in ARH 223

Tutoring in the Sciences

  • Tutors for the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biological Chemistry and Physics) work through the Science Learning Center, 641-269-3015.
  • Tutors for Psychology can be obtained by contacting Barbara Brown in the Psychology Department, 641-269-3171.
  • Tutors for Mathematics courses are available through the Math Lab, 641-269-3060.
  • Tutoring in Computer Science can be obtained by contacting Jerod Weinman in the Computer Science Department, 641-269-9812. 

Writing, Reading, and Research Assistance

  • Assistance with writing assignments and reading comprehension may be obtained through the Writing Lab, 641-269-3171, and the Reading Lab, 641-269-3118.
  • The reference librarians will assist you with questions through the Library Lab.

Students Who Would Like To Receive Tutoring

How do I get a tutor?

To obtain a tutor, you must come to the Academic Advising Office, JRC 3rd floor, and meet with Belinda Backous (269-3702). She will listen to your concerns about the course, including areas needing improvement, and she will match you with a tutor. It is your responsibility to contact the tutor(s) and arrange mutually convenient meeting times. If you and your tutor cannot find a time convenient for both of you, ask for another tutor contact. If you have any difficulties with the tutoring arrangement, be sure to meet with Belinda to resolve the issue. We want every student to have a strong chance of being successful in their courses.

What do I do once I have a tutor?

To assure that your tutor will be paid for tutoring time, after each session, you are required to complete the Tutee Web Report Form, which Belinda will discuss with you during the meeting. 

What if I don't like the tutor I chose?

You are welcome to change tutors at any time; just let Belinda know, and she will assist you with this process. It would be polite to inform your current tutor that you will not need their assistance in the future.

How will a tutor be able to help me?

Tutors will help you find strategies to succeed in your specific class. This may include working on note taking skills, comprehension of basic concepts or key ideas, and organizing materials for the course.

What assignments or issues should my tutor avoid?

Your tutor should not assist you with take-home exams or any other assignment for which the instructor has explicitly stated that you should do independently. For examples of academically dishonest work, please see Grinnell's academic honesty policy.

Avoid discussing with your tutor any personal issues that do not pertain specifically to the course for which you are tutored (such as homesickness, roommate problems, health issues). These concerns are important and should be addressed with professional staff in Student Affairs or SHACS.

I have more questions!

Contact Belinda Backous, 641-269-3702, to find answers.

Becoming A Tutor

Why tutor?

Different people tutor for different reasons, such as:

  • Helping other students;
  • reviewing a subject with someone else helps you learn it better;
  • getting paid to talk about a subject that you enjoy;
  • wages: $9.10/hour on-campus job, with flexible hours; and/or
  • you learn more about yourself and your learning style by working with someone who may learn differently.

What are the qualifications for tutors?

  • you must be an enrolled, full-time Grinnell College student
  • you must be in good academic standing
  • you must have successfully completed the course
  • you must secure recommendation of an academic department
  • you must attend all tutor training session offered

Tutor requirements

1. Tutors must be enrolled as full-time students at Grinnell College.

2. Students on academic probation may not serve as tutors.

3. As a tutor, you are expected to attend any training sessions scheduled by the Academic Advising Office. You may include time spent in training on your monthly time sheet.