Q: Is tutoring happening online or in person this semester?

A: Both! Most tutors are happy to do either type of tutoring -- whichever you prefer.

  

Q: How do I sign up for individual tutoring?  How do I find drop-in tutoring?

A: Go to www.MSUSmartyCats.com.  Click “Find a SmartyCats Tutor” and log in. Then choose your class from the drop-down menu, and you’ll see a list of upcoming tutoring appointments and drop-in sessions. From here you can book an individual appointment or find a drop-in session that fits your schedule. Most tutoring is taking place in person at the library.

Q: How will I find my tutor for an online appointment?

A: The description of your tutoring appointment or drop-in session will include the location of
the appointment. If the appointment is online, you will see the tutor’s URL. When the time to
see your tutor arrives, paste the tutor’s URL in the search bar and join them in their Webex
Personal Room. Click this link if you have questions about using WebEx

Q: How will I find my tutor once it is time for my appointment or drop-in session to begin?

A: The information about your tutoring appointment or drop-in session will include the tutor’s URL. When the time to see your tutor arrives, paste the tutor’s URL in the search bar and join them in their Webex Personal Room.

 

Q: How many courses do you have tutors for?

A: We offer tutoring for 250 different courses in 60 different disciplines.

 

Q: What if there are no tutors for my class?

A: If you don’t find a tutor during your search, click “Request a Tutor,” and we’ll get back to you. Ask your professor to recommend a former student, and we’ll do our best to hire that person. Meantime, go to your professor’s office hours, visit with your TA, and study with others in your class. 

 

Q: What does tutoring cost?

A: All drop-in tutoring is free. Individual tutoring costs $2 an hour. When you are ready to book an appointment, buy a 5-session tutoring pass by clicking “Add Funds” on the SmartyCats website.

 

Q: Do I earn Champ Change points for attending tutoring?

A: Yes! 1000 Champ Change points are awarded each time you check into individual or drop-in tutoring.

 

Q: How do I check into tutoring?

A: On the SmartyCats home page click on either “Check into Your Tutoring Appointment” or “Today's Drop-In Tutoring.” Checking in is required, because it is how we keep track of tutoring demand and it is how our tutors get paid.

 

Q: How can tutoring benefit me?

A: Everyone wants to do their best! A tutor can clarify concepts from class, work through problems with you, and make learning more enjoyable.

 

Q: I want to become a tutor. How do I apply?

A: Click this link to apply

 

Q: What qualifications are required in order to be a tutor? 

  1. You need to be a current MSU student.
  2. You need to have earned a 3.5 or higher in the subjects you want to tutor. You also need to have taken these courses at MSU.
  3. You need to have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. You need to obtain a signature from a department chair or a faculty member who teaches each of your courses.

 

Q: What should I do if I have further questions?

A: Call the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at 406-994-ROAR (7627) or e-mail smartycats@montana.edu.