Tutoring

Welcome back students, Brock University Tutoring is now ONLINE. See below to book our tutors.

Brock University Tutoring employs approximately 60-70 Brock students per year and offers support to clients from Kindergarten through Post-Secondary education. Though our tutors come from many different disciplines, they all share a love of learning and a passion for their subjects. Our tutors are trained to help clients build their skills, develop a growth mindset, and attain a sense of agency and empowerment in their learning.

Alessandra – 4th Year Medical Sciences

Why did you become a tutor?
I decided to become a tutor since I know how frustrating it can be to not understand things that your friends or classmates seem to get so easily.

What is your favorite thing about tutoring?
My favourite part of tutoring is working with students. They work so hard, and I love being able to connect to them about hobbies etc. and being able to connect their studies to what their goals are, or being able to apply these skills to real life.

High School Success
My favourite client success story is how one of my students came in so excited to share their improvement. Although they come to get help, ultimately, their hard work demonstrates their improvement and I was so happy to be a part of her journey.

Natasha – Brock Grad: B.Sc., B.Ed. (Math & Chemistry)

Why did you become a tutor?
Teaching is my passion. In 2009, my high school math teacher presented me with an opportunity to tutor younger students in mathematics. I enjoyed it so much I signed up for the tutoring program at Brock when I started university. Fast-forward to today: I’ve been tutoring professionally for 7 years, I’ve completed a teaching degree in mathematics and chemistry, and I worked as a math teacher in Brighton, England for the 2017-2018 school year.

What is your favorite thing about tutoring?
When I tell people I have my teaching degree they always ask me why I’m not teaching in a school – the short answer is: I love what I do. I enjoy helping my students find their inner mathematician or chemist so that they can confidently reach their goals. It’s so rewarding to see the growth in my students and watch them succeed.

High School Success
One of my high school students was struggling to balance playing for two hockey teams while keeping up with his grade 9 math and science work. In the first session, it became clear that it was not missing class or study habits that were to blame for low math marks but instead anxiety surrounding test-taking. Over the course of the semester, we worked on catching up on content from missed classes as well as bolstering his existing study technique with better organization and test-taking strategy. I am so proud to share that this student went from constantly feeling behind and ill-prepared from missing classes to a point where he felt calm during tests and completely confident in is ability before his final exams.

Roy – 4th Year Computer Science

Why did you become a tutor?
Our computer science graduation rate is only around 23.5 to 31 percent. There are lots of people struggling in this major and that need help. As a computer geek, I also like being able to meet new people to improve my communication skills and learning new ways to explain things to others. Also, I enjoy (very expensive!) fresh roast exotic coffee beans, it encourages me to work hard in this position.

What is your favorite thing about tutoring?
The workload and time is very flexible. So when my study/homework schedule is too heavy, I can always take some time off to focus on my own things. On the other side, the learning center team is so helpful and friendly. They made lots of interesting events and help the tutors, students, and student staff a lot.

Client success story
After final exams, some clients often send messages and say thank you. One student said they got very good marks on it, and I realized they did even better than me!

Marcus – 2nd Year Medical Sciences

Why did you become a tutor?
I decided to become a tutor, as I wanted to be able to help others succeed in their academic and life pursuits. I hope that, through tutoring, I may be able to use my abilities to help others not only achieve success in their academics, but to also see that clients become interested in the classes they take and apply their newfound skills towards benefitting themselves.

What is your favorite thing about tutoring?
I personally love tutoring because I get to apply my academic knowledge and abilities as a student myself and pass them onto other students who may need help. I feel a sense of fulfilment in seeing my clients succeed, as in many cases, I can provide new perspectives to learning in order to make concepts “click” into place and finally make perfect sense!

Client success story
One of my favorite client success stories must be sharing somewhat unexpected ways to understand the concepts behind courses such as statistics. Statistics can be daunting to many and the terminology may be confusing, but through odd examples and clear explanations, despite how odd or humorous these examples are, they become memorable for both the test and a good laugh!

Brock students

Tutoring is $25/hour for Brock students.
Please use the link below to book a session with a tutor.
Have questions? Not sure what support you’re looking for? Book a free consultation. Click here to start.  
Note: You may be eligible for one or more free hours of tutoring if you’re a Transfer Student or an Indigenous/Aboriginal Student. Please contact learning@brocku.ca for more information.

Community Clients

Tutoring is $30/hour for community clients.
Please note that PARKING is FREE in Zone 1 and Zone 2 Monday-Friday after 6PM and on the weekend.
Please use the link below to book a session with a tutor.
Have questions? Not sure what support you’re looking for? Book a free consultation. Click here to book a community client tutor.  

Tutoring is a great way to make a positive contribution to the Brock community while keeping your memory sharp and developing in-demand interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Our tutors are required to maintain an overall major average of 80% and to have a minimum of 82% in any Brock courses they tutor.  They also have a demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching and learning and a willingness to work within a large and diverse team.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, send your resume and cover letter to learning@brocku.ca and complete the application form found here.

Tutor Postings
Note: though the tutor postings below outline required courses, all our tutors are free to tutor any course or age range they are comfortable with. In general, we prefer to hire tutors with well-rounded experience and who are open to tutoring online and with community clients, though this is not a requirement.

Tutor: Sciences and Math
Must be able to tutor Brock students in BIOL 1P91/1P92, CHEM 1P91/1P92, MATH 1P98 and/or MATH 1P97. Option to tutor Community Clients K-12 pending Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

Tutor: Sciences and Math – Community Client Focus (2 positions)
Must be able to tutor Brock students in BIOL 1P91/1P92, CHEM 1P91/1P92, MATH 1P98 and/or MATH 1P97. Must be able to tutor Community Clients in two Grade 12 Maths (Calculus and Vectors, Data Management, Advanced Functions) and two Grade 11-12 sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) pending Vulnerable Sector Police Check

Tutor: Accounting
Must be able to tutor Brock Students in ITIS 1P97, ACTG 1P01, ACTG 1P02. Ability to tutor MATH 1P97 and MATH 1P98 an asset. Option to tutor Community Clients K-12 pending Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

Tutor: Finance
Must be able to tutor Brock Students in ITIS 1P97, FNCE 2P91, FNCE 3P93. Ability to tutor MATH 1P97 and MATH 1P98 an asset. Option to tutor Community Clients K-12 pending Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

Tutor: Health Sciences
Must be able to tutor Brock Students in HLSC 2P07, HLSC 2P09, HLSC 2P95/2P96. Ability to tutor CHEM 1P91/1P92 and BIOL 1P91/1P92 an asset. Option to tutor Community Clients K-12 pending Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

Tutor: Mathematics
Must be able to tutor Brock Students in MATH 1P01, MATH 1P02, MATH 1P05, and MATH 1P11. Ability to tutor MATH 1P97 and MATH 1P98 an asset. Option to tutor Community Clients K-12 pending Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

Inclement Weather – in the event that Brock is closed due to inclement weather, all tutoring appointments will be cancelled. Clients can reschedule using the booking site. A-Z Learning Services will reach out to tutoring clients as soon as possible to inform them of campus closure, and no cancellation fees will be applied.

Tutor Cancellation – if a tutor is unable to make a tutoring session, A-Z Learning services will make all reasonable attempts to find a replacement tutor for the client during their originally scheduled appointment time. If there is no tutor replacement available, the client will be notified and credited the tutor appointment fee, to be applied at any future session.

Tutor No-show – if a tutor does not attend their scheduled session, the client will be credited the appointment fee. A-Z Learning Services will work with the tutoring client either to find a replacement tutor, or to reschedule the session. Please note that we take these situations very seriously, and work with our student staff to prevent these situations from occurring, to the best of our abilities.

Payment – clients will make payments for their tutoring session with the front desk (TH129) staff at the time of the appointment. Cash, debit, or credit are accepted. Additionally, clients can make payments the day of the session over the phone, using credit card (905-688-5550 ext. 5774).

Late Appointments – we ask all tutoring clients to extend us the courtesy of as much notice as possible if they expect to be late to their tutoring session. Notice can be made over the phone at 905-688-5550 ext. 5774, or through email at learning@brocku.ca. Please note that your tutor is only scheduled until the end time of your booked session, and it is at the tutor’s discretion/availability to extend the end of the session to accommodate the missed time in the appointment.

Missed Appointment – if a client needs to cancel a session, we ask that they do so more than 24 hours of the session start time.  If an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, the full fee for the session will be applied to the client’s account as a cancellation fee.  Brock students, please note that all outstanding fees will be applied to your Student Financial Account.

Vulnerable Aged Client Online Privacy Policy – To ensure the safety and comfort of both our vulnerable aged clients and our tutors while in an online setting, the following policies have been set in place as of May 1st, 2020 :

· A member of our staff will be present (muted and without video camera) in all sessions with vulnerable aged clients
· All sessions will be recorded and stored securely by one of our tutor service supervisors
· Vulnerable aged clients from Kindergarten to grade 10 will be asked to turn off their cameras during sessions
· Vulnerable aged clients in grades 11-12 under the age of 18 will have the option to use video functions with parental permission

Session Recording – Online tutoring sessions with Brock students are not to be recorded, excepting students who require recording for accessibility reasons.

Where does tutoring take place? – All tutoring happens in the Student Success Centre (Thistle Complex 129) which is located off Guernsey Market Hall just past the main staircase.  Click here for a link to Brock’s interactive campus map or feel free to call us at 905-688-5550 ext. 5774 if you need further direction.

What are your hours? ­– We are open Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

What Qualifications do Brock University Tutors have? – All our tutors maintain an outstanding GPA in their major areas of study and have proven proficient in the courses they are assigned to tutor.  Our tutors have experience in a variety of different teaching and learning environments; some as volunteer tutors or coaches and others as mentors or in community organizations. All of our tutors who work with community clients have up to date vulnerable sector clearances.   Some of our tutors are graduate students or teacher education candidates, and some love it so much they stay with us even after they graduate!

What happens during my first tutoring session? – You and your tutor will spend a few minutes getting to know each other and talking about your goals and specific concepts/content you’d like to work on.  You’ll spend some time walking through previous work you’ve done (assignments, tests etc.) so that your tutor can get a better idea of how to support you, and then you’ll likely end the session by creating a game plan for future sessions.

What if I just need one or two session to prepare for an exam? – Great! We have lots of clients who come see us for this exact purpose.  To make the best use of your time, we recommend that you use the Notes section on our booking page to let your tutor know that you’re studying for an exam and what, specifically, you need help with.  That way you can get right to it!

Do you offer group tutoring? – Students in elementary or high school who already have a group (e.g., siblings or classmates), let us know. Depending on the subject area and tutor preferences, group tutoring can be explored. If you are a Brock student, tutoring is one-to-one due to the complexity of the session and also because we offer free group drop-in sessions. Click here to register for drop-in sessions.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?No problem! We get it, life happens!  Just make sure to give us more than 24 hours’ notice of your session so we can notify your tutor. See the Missed Appointment policy under Policies and Procedures for more details.  You can use the link at the bottom of your confirmation email, or the booking site, to reschedule your appointment at a time that is more convenient for you.  You can call us at 905-688-5550 ext. 5774 or email us at learning@brocku.ca

Who should I contact if I have questions, concerns, or comments? – We love getting feedback from clients and encourage you to get in touch with us if there’s anything on your mind regarding your experience with our service.  You can come and speak with us in person or by phone (905-688-5550 ext. 5774) between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, or email us at learning@brocku.ca.