Cuesta College Student Success Center

Drop-In Tutoring Services


  1. Please sign-in. You are required to sign-in on the computer each time you receive help (even if same day). This allows tracking of center usage and generates funding to help us help students!
  2. Bring your resources: textbooks, notes, calculators, pencils, prompts, study guides, etc. Students are responsible for providing the resources required to complete assignments and tutors have limited access to textbooks as reference materials only – textbooks are not available for lending.
  3. Bring your assignment: hard copies of papers or prompts. Tutors can help you best when they too are clear on the question or assignment.
  4. Prepare specific questions. The more prepared students are the more focused, productive and efficient tutoring time is.
  5. Allow sufficient time. Tutors must circulate to ensure all students receive assistance, so they will help a student with one question and then move to the next student. During peak times allow plenty of time to get the amount of assistance needed.
  6. Respect and uphold the Cuesta College Academic Honesty Policy.

Examples of Academic Dishonesty:

  • Copying from another student’s exam
  • Giving answers during a test to another student
  • Using notes or electronic devices during an exam when prohibited
  • Taking a test for someone else
  • Submitting another student’s work as your own, e.g. copying a computer file that contains another student’s own work
  • Knowingly allowing another student to copy/use your computer file(s) as his or her own work
  • Completing an assignment for another student
  • Plagiarizing or “kidnapping” other people’s thoughts, words, speeches or artistic works by not acknowledging them through proper documentation

How Academic Honesty Applies to Drop-In Tutoring:

  • Tutors will help you with homework and will not complete it for you.
  • Tutors will explain how to address or find information and resources to for a particular problem and will not complete take-home exam and quiz questions.
  • Tutors will answer specific questions as well as ask questions to model critical thinking to guide you and will not proofread/edit/correct a paper. Be prepared to make notes and corrections.


  1. Respect and uphold the Cuesta College Student Code of Conduct and contribute to a warm and welcoming academic environment for all students and staff.
    • Be respectful, responsible, and courteous.
    • Be mindful of noise levels. Group work, cell phone conversations, and social discussions are heard by those in the center and should not interfere with other’s ability to study and perform job duties.
    • Be aware of the conversation content. Foul or rude language, comments of a sexual nature or extremely not appropriate (unless the subject of an assignment). Harassment is not tolerated and will result in being asked to leave.
    • Computer usage must comply with Student Computer Technology Access Agreement and any inappropriate usage will not be tolerated.
    • Leave workspace clean and free of food crumbs, drinks, wrappers, papers or other trash.
    • We encourage you to verbalize your specific needs. If you need help, have a suggestion or are uncomfortable with something, please talk to your tutor and/or the SSC Supervisor.



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Tutoring is supported in part by
the Associated Students of Cuesta College and Alpha Gamma Sigma.