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Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC)

FAQs



Q. Where are you located?
SACC is located in the Vertical Campus, room 2-116.
Click this link for a map of the location.

Q. What are your hours?
SACC opens the second week of the semester through finals week. During the fall and spring semesters SACC is open from 9:00am-8:00pm Monday through Thursday, from 9:00am-3:00pm Friday and from 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday. During the summer semester, hours vary. SACC is closed for all scheduled CUNY holidays.

Q. Is SACC open to anyone?
SACC primarly serves only the undergraduate Baruch College population.

Q. What services for students does SACC provide?
SACC provides tutoring in most undergraduate courses. We offer instructional support materials such as videos, software, reference books, and handouts that help you with course content, study skills, and learning strategies. For a better idea of our services, please visit the Tutorial Services page.

Q. Why should I come for tutoring?
Tutors can help you learn how to approach an unknown subject, use your study time more effectively and get more out of your study sessions. Tutoring will help you to achieve higher grades if you participate regularly. Tutoring is a way to get help from your peers without feeling intimidated.

Q. Is there a charge for tutoring?
No. Tutoring is free and available to all undergraduate Baruch students.

Q. Do I need to make an appointment?
Although we sometimes have tutoring available on a drop-in basis, we strongly encourage students to schedule a tutoring appointment. Please go to AdvisorTrac to schedule your appointment.

Q. How long is a tutoring session?
All tutoring sessions are 50 minutes long.

Q. How often may I meet with a tutor?
There are two ways to meet with a tutor, by appointment and on a walk-in basis.  Students are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments online up to seven days in advance. Per course, you may schedule a maximum of 2 appointments per day and 6 appointments per week. There is no limit to the number of walk-in sessions you can have.  However, walk-in sessions are difficult to get. Whenever possible, schedule appointments in advance. Walk-ins are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask at the desk.

Q. Will my professor know that I have come for tutoring?
For COM 1010, students' instructors are sent session records that detail their progress. Be sure to include your professor's email address when creating your appointment. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the writing of these session records and discuss the tutoring with their instructors. For all other subjects, professors who would like to know about students' attendance and progress can email their requests to sacc@baruch.cuny.edu.

Q. Can I bring a classmate with me to tutoring?
No. Each student must schedule their own individual appointment.  Students that want to be in the same session should schedule appointments to be in the same schedule, when possible.

Q. Do you have group tutoring?
All tutoring is conducted in groups of up to two students.

Q. Who are your tutors?
SACC tutors are primarily undergraduate Baruch students who have demonstrated a high level of academic and interpersonal skills. They have received outstanding grades and often times they major in the subjects they tutor. Some graduate students and faculty also work with SACC as instructors for workshops, tutoring and Immersion courses.

Q. Are SACC tutors trained?
Yes. SACC tutors are rigorously trained on a regular basis throughout their tenure at SACC. Our peer-tutoring program has attained national certification through the College Reading and Learning Association. All tutors receive extensive cross-training in areas such as cultural awareness, learning styles, plagiarism, communication skills and self-assessment.

Q. What won’t SACC tutors do?
Our tutors will not provide you with a quick fix, do any part of your homework, or do any quizzes or take home tests for you. Please do not come to a session expecting the tutor to do all the work. The peer-tutoring process relies on both the student and the tutor to do equal work.

Q. How should I prepare before I come for tutoring?
Students should come prepared with their assignments, notes, professor comments and printed drafts of their papers or assignments. Students should also prepare any questions they might have for the tutor and be ready to take part in the tutoring session.

Q. I’m a student with special needs. Can you help me?
Arrangements can be made for tutoring students with special needs. Please call SACC at (646) 312-4830 for more information.

Q. Can you help me prepare for the Ability to Benefit (ATB) Exam?
Yes. SAC provides services to help students who are retaking the ATB exam. Click this link for more information

Q. I need to develop my study skills. Can SACC help me?
Yes. SACC has individual tutors who can help you. In addition, we have resource materials including videos, books, and handouts to provide you with additional assistance. Click this link to see some of these resources.

Q. I need additional help. Are there any SACC tutors available for private tutoring?
Yes. SACC is happy to pass on any request for private tutoring to our staff. However, that's where SACC's role ends. It is then up to the student and tutor to make arrangements.

Q. If I have a suggestion, compliment or complaint to report, what should I do?
Your comments and suggestions help us to improve our services and we encourage feedback. If you would like to speak with a coordinator or the director, please let the front desk know immediately. Alternatively, you may email your concerns to sacc@baruch.cuny.edu.  If you would like to provide feedback, please complete and submit the Student Feedback Form. All submissions will be kept confidential.

Q. How do I become a tutor?
You must have completed 24 local credits, have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and A's or A-'s in the subjects that you'd like to tutor.  You will need to submit a professor recommendation.  Your recommendation needs to come from a professor from a course you plan on tutoring

Click this link for hiring information

Q. What happens if I miss my appointment?
If you need to cancel your appointment, you must do so at least ten (10) minutes before your scheduled session. You may either cancel the appointment online through the scheduling system, or call the main office at (646) 312-4830. Failure to do this will result in a missed appointment. If you miss four (4) appointments, your account will be disabled for the rest of the semester.  You will be able to get tutoring on a walk-in basis only for the remainder of the semester.  Your account will be reactivated automatically at the beginning of the next semester.

Q. I don’t like my tutor. I want a different one. Is this possible?
It is quite reasonable to request a different tutor, one who might be better suited to your needs. Simply tell the front desk and they will try to accommodate you.