Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What is Prescriptive Tutoring?

A:        Prescriptive Tutoring is tutoring that focuses on specific areas that would prevent you from advancing in a course. Let your professor know if you need help with course material. You can work with your professor on what you need to do to be successful in the course. If your professor believes that you need additional support, your professor can refer you to work with a tutor. In order to help you improve your skills and comprehension of the content material, your professor will complete a referral form to let the tutor know what areas you should cover in your tutoring sessions.

Q:        How does it work?

A:        Your professor will give you a Student Referral for Prescriptive Tutoring form to bring to the designated tutoring center to get an appointment to work with a tutor. This form will outline the areas your professor wants you to work on with the tutor. Your professor will discuss the referral with you so that you know exactly why you are coming for tutoring.

Q:        Why do I need to get a referral for tutoring?

A:        BCCC requires all students seeking tutoring to be referred by a professor. A referral helps both students and tutors identify specific topics that should be addressed during a tutoring session.

Q:        How will my professor know I am working with a tutor and making progress?

A:        Tutors will complete a Student Progress Report for each student at the end of each tutoring session.  These progress reports will be sent to your professor. Tutors will also be available to meet with your professor to discuss your progress.

Q:        How long is my appointment and how many appointments may I make?

 A:       Appointments are 50-60 minutes in length. There is no limit to the number of appointments you may make; however, the goal of tutoring is to help you become a more confident, independent learner. Learning happens best when there is time to process information between tutoring sessions. Tutoring is only one step in the learning process, and students should be prepared to work independently in order to improve their skills.

Q:        What happens if I am late for or miss my appointment?

A:        Appointments will be held for 10 minutes at which time we will give your appointment to another student. We will, however work with you to get another appointment.

Q:        Does this referral process mean that I may NOT drop in for tutoring?

A.        Tutoring priority will be given to students who are referred by a professor. Students who walk into a tutoring center requesting tutoring support will be assessed to determine the appropriate recommendation. These recommendations will include the following:

·         Ask your professor for help.

·         Attend every class and attempt to do classwork and/or assignments on your own.

·         Make use of available study skills resources – workshops, online tutoring.

·         Form or become a part of a study group with other students in your class.

Q:        Do I have to pay for tutoring?

A:        No. Tutoring is free to all BCCC students. We provide tutoring to BCCC students for the classes in which they are enrolled.

Q:        Where are the Tutoring Centers?

A:        Writing and Reading                                   MNB 121       410-462-7649

Developmental Math                                   MNB 104       410-462-7649

Mathematics for Credit                               LSB 250         410-462-7641

Science                                                        LSB 302         410-462-8008

Business, Accounting, Technology           MNB 320       410-462-7417

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design         MNB 053       410-462-7653




Prescriptive Tutoring: Clarifying Concepts • Strengthening Skills

Prescriptive Tutoring is an essential piece in the relationship of the professor and the student.