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Tutoring Can Help

Like students at many other highly sought-after colleges, those who attend UF will be faced with challenging classes taught by respected, renowned, and demanding professors. Tutoring is not only beneficial, but it can also be your student’s secret weapon to minimize stress and maximize results.

This is not high school, where a student can often coast by on their innate smarts. Succeeding at UF requires taking classes seriously. At the same time, there are many other opportunities to get involved and enjoy these four years full of football games, Greek life, outdoor activities, and not-to-miss Gainesville adventures. A student needs to be able to balance all of this, which can prove daunting to many of them.  UF has such a selective admissions process that there is also, perhaps, an expectation that many of these students have already successfully mastered balancing academics with social and civic activities. But it’s a rare student who doesn’t face their brick wall at some point in their collegiate life.

Talk About It

HaveUHeard that if your student mentions they are having difficulty, there are many places for them to turn for help? The first step is speaking with their professor or teacher assistant. There are also peer academic study groups available. They’ll find, too, that the UF Office of Academic Tutoring (OAS) offers free one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions to UF students. Tutoring is available for a broad range of topics that include economics, mathematics, statistics, writing, accounting, Spanish, and the physical and biological sciences. OAS tutors go through a rigorous selection process and receive training so that they are prepared to answer questions. Note that these tutoring services are offered at no additional cost to all UF students. Have your student schedule an appointment.

Study Partners

The University of Florida has partnered with Knack to help strengthen the peer learning community on campus. As a UF student, you can use Knack to get help from a fellow peer that has already aced your class, and/or sign up as a Peer Tutor and offer help to your fellow Gators in courses you have aced. UF is sponsoring the cost of peer tutoring services for UF students in the Knack 2020 pilot. If you are in the pilot, you will unlock FREE tutoring by joining Knack with your UF credentials (while supplies last). This sponsorship can be used with approved UF Tutors through Knack and will be reflected in all payments estimated for requested and scheduled sessions.

Or your student can opt for the Knack app. The app, again, allows students to find peers that have done well in particular courses. Your student can then schedule a tutoring session directly with the peer tutor. Knack offers package pricing which equates to approximately $25/hour. They also offer quantity discounts for packages with more substantial hours including a semester pack and a yearly pack.

If your student is working with a tutor and needs to make plans to meet up, be sure to check out our Best Places to Study blog.

The Inside Skinny from Outside Resources

For many classes, students turn to outside assistance. The most popular (and proven) tutoring company in Gainesville is Study Edge. They offer exam review sessions, chapter review sessions, study hours, online videos, and practice problems as well as other services for many of the more historically difficult courses including economics, accounting, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Students can choose between just taking the Exam Review or using the full semester review which covers every single Weekly, Chapter, or Lecture Review, the Exam Reviews, and all the accompanying supplements. One-to-one tutoring is also available, both online and in-person.

UF Approved Tutors

Math  Economics  Chemistry

Additionally, the UF College of Liberal arts has its own tutoring center. The drop-down menu includes options for Drop-in or Appointment Tutoring, Study Groups/SI Sessions, Test Reviews, Video Resources, and Standardized Test Prep. And while the Writing Studio in Turlington isn’t strictly tutoring, it does offer many options including group and one-on-one sessions to support those students needing help in refining the written aspect of their schoolwork. Students can use Tutortrac to book appointments, both in-person and online, for both the Writing Studio and UF tutoring in general.

More Tutoring Resources

Textbook rental and purchase company Chegg offers Chegg Study for $14.95 monthly or $99.95 per year. Learn from step-by-step solutions for more than 2,500 textbooks in Math, Science, Engineering, Business, and more. Also, get answers in a pinch from experts and subject enthusiasts for your courses, 24/7.

Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services that started in 2010. It got its name from the original price of $5 per task. This is a great place for students to find tutors or list the tutoring services they offer. As Fiverr® has evolved, so has the pricing. The trick to using it successfully is to look for or be a highly-rated seller (in this case, tutor) who has a lot of reviews or is rated a Level One or Top Seller. Because you truly do get what you pay for, it’s good to recognize that you can find or offer services at a range of prices. It’s a caveat emptor world – be a smart participant.

One more option that is more of a study option than tutoring is Smokin’Notes. They do a great job summarizing individual class notes per semester, per teacher for a fair price. They are more frequently used as a study supplement in some of the top tier classes that are notoriously difficult. Time to get a leg up and over that brick wall, and on to new challenges!

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