Tutoring & Outside Services

You might see flyers on campus and online that offer tutoring services or help with your coursework. While it is tempting and we all need help sometimes, you should be careful in use of these services. Some of them could give you an unfair academic advantage and you could get in trouble for an academic offence.

If you are looking for help, use the supports on campus at UTSC instead:

I don’t know how to start my essay

Visit The Writing Centre in-person in AC210 or online https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/welcome.

I am worried about my English skills

Visit the English Language Development Centre in-person in AC310 or online https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/welcome-english-language-development-centre.

I need extra help with a lab or assignment

Talk to your Prof or your TA. Consider asking for an extension. Visit Academic Advising for direction in-person in AC213 or online: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc/contact-us

I don’t know if I am citing my sources the right way

Ask your Prof or your TA or visit The Writing Centre in-person in AC210 or online https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/welcome.

I need extra practice or studying help before the exam

Facilitated Study Groups (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/facilitated-study-groups-fsg)

Old Exam Repository (https://utsc.library.utoronto.ca/old-exams-repository)

Ask your Prof or TA for help.

I have my friend’s/family member’s old assignments

Be careful not to copy them. Talk to TA for more help.

As a UTSC student, it is your job to know what is and is not an acceptable services to use. UTSC has guidelines on what academic offences are in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (link). As a UTSC student, you are expected to have read and understood the Code.

Study skills are something you can learn. Visit Academic Advising at any time to practice good habits.

Writing essays and citing properly is a skill you can learn. Visit The Writing Centre as soon as you get your syllabus to get started on the right foot with your essays.

English is a challenging language for many students. The English Language Development Centre can help you expand your vocabulary while doing your coursework.

Facilitated Study Groups are a very effective way of getting ready for tests and exams.

Seeking the help of an outside tutor is okay as long as they do not help you with the work you are handing in. Tutors should help you understand the subject better, but they should not do your work.

When in doubt… ask your Prof or TA!