This post is brought to you by Marisa (Missy) Elrick, who is a tutor in the Academic Link. Missy is currently a CRLA Level I certified tutor who is currently pursuing Level II certification.

It's happened to every college student at some point. You’re sitting in class, listening to the professor speak. You realize that you have no idea what you are doing. You stare blankly at the work in front of you, wondering how on earth you’re going to pass this class, and when you leave, you feel lost and anxious about the material. Or, maybe you’re confident you can get a good grade, but you know with a little extra support you can get a great one. 

I know the feeling. I am a tutor. I have been tutoring since I was in middle school and am now an Accounting tutor here at Stevenson, and I once needed tutoring. Statistics was not my best subject, and thanks to the snow, we lost a lot of class time. I needed extra help. Chances are, there’s one class that is to you what statistics was to me, and chances are, you are thinking about getting help for that course. But don’t be like me. It was halfway through the semester and a failed exam later that I realized I needed help. I ended up getting a B in the class, but I probably would have done better had I signed up for a tutor earlier in the semester. Don’t do what I did; get help sooner rather than later.

As a tutor, I have found that students who come to see me earlier on end up more successful throughout the course. Some students might only need to see me once or twice at the beginning to work out some issues, and then may only need tutoring periodically or not at all because they worked out their issues as soon as they had them. Some may need tutoring throughout the course.  And that is perfectly okay. Do yourself a favor: sign up for tutoring earlier rather than later.  You can give it a test run by making one appointment and seeing how you do.  Or you might decide that you need weekly tutoring for the rest of the semester.  Regardless, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  That’s what we’re here for.