Why are tutoring services provided?

According to federal regulations, UBMS programs must provide academic tutoring services that will enable students to complete secondary or postsecondary courses, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects. Federal regulation: 34 CFR 645.11(a)(1)

The UBMS program at Marian University offer tutoring services to its participants who face some academic challenges in particular subjects. These tutoring services are designed to help meet the academic needs of each participant who can benefit from them. Typically, participation in tutoring is a great way for students to reinforce what they have been learning in school.

One of the goals of the UBMS tutoring services is to help students earn and maintain good grades in all classes, particularly Mathematics and English. The UBMS program primarily aims to help each student to maintain a GPA higher than 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

Who will conduct the sessions?

The tutoring sessions will be conducted by highly qualified volunteer tutors or high performing college students from Marian University.  The UBMS administrators will ensure that students are served by tutors who are knowledgeable of the subject matter and able to facilitate the student’s understanding of it.

What will take place at the sessions?

During the tutoring sessions, tutors will assist students with the following:

  • Improving the learning experience
  • Strengthening study habits and skills
  • Understanding challenging concepts
  • Completing homework and assignments
  • Preparing more efficiently for tests and exams
  • Becoming independent learners

Who must participate in tutoring sessions?

Participation is primarily required for:

  1. All students with an overall GPA lower than 2.51
  2. All students who have a grade of C+ or lower in core classes such as Mathematics, Science, and English

Who may participate in tutoring sessions?

UBMS tutoring services are not only open to those for whom tutoring is required. For instance, students may voluntarily sign-up for tutoring services if they have a B- or higher and who still experience some academic challenges in Math, English, and Science subjects.

Students may also be recommended by their parents, counselors, teachers, to take tutoring lessons, if they are not performing well in those subjects in spite of a B- or higher.

Student may sign up for UBMS tutoring services if they only need occasional help in any Math, English, and Science subject.

Students may additionally arrange to meet individually with high school teachers for tutoring on particular subjects not necessarily offered by the UBMS tutoring services. However, students must validate their participation at those meetings only with teachers’ signature or that of a tutor approved by the school counselor.

When will the tutoring sessions take place?

During the academic year, tutoring sessions will take place at the Marian University Stayer Center Room 217/218 on Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. We do realize that Fond du Lac High School students will not be there right at 3:00pm.

What is the format of the tutoring sessions?

The sessions for each course will be conducted in group. Each session will consist of one hour of tutoring per week, per class. Students are expected to attend sessions as scheduled, come prepared with homework and questions so that they may utilize the tutoring times effectively.

What grade scale is used to determine required participation?

POINT VALUE     GRADE         HIGH         LOW

4.00                         A+               100.00%     97.00 %

4.00                         A                  96.99 %     93.00 %

3.67                         A-                 92.99 %     90.00 %

3.33                         B+                89.99 %     87.00 %

3.00                         B                   86.99 %     83.00 %

2.67                         B-                 82.99 %     80.00 %

2.33                         C+                79.99 %      77.00 %

2.00                         C                  76.99 %      73.00 %

1.67                         C-                 72.99 %      70.00 %

1.33                         D+                69.99 %      67.00 %

1.00                         D                  66.99 %      63.00 %

0.67                        D-                  62.99 %      60.00 %

0.00                         F                   59.99 %      00.00 %

What is expected of participating students?

Students are expected to remain firmly committed to the tutoring services and the UBMS program in general. Therefore, they must attend all scheduled sessions. They must treat all tutors with the highest level of respect.

If extracurricular activities or after-school employment interfere with the tutoring schedule, please inform the UBMS program staff as soon as possible for necessary arrangements. For any other attendance matters, please consult the policies of the UBMS Handbook. Students are required to have permission to leave tutoring sessions.

In the event of inclement weather conditions, relating decisions made by partnering schools will be in effect.  Follow announcements made at your respective school.  For instance, if your school dismisses early due to weather conditions, tutoring is automatically cancelled that day.

If there is any type of unsatisfactory results about the UBMS services, please inform the UBMS staff immediately after they are noticed.

If a student fails to attend a session without advance notice, and they are the only student scheduled to attend that session, their stipend check will be reduced by an amount equivalent to an hour of tutor wages.

How do students validate their participation in tutoring sessions?

The UBMS program will hold its students accountable for keeping track of their attendance and participation in tutoring services. Therefore, students are expected to fill out their participation form (Weekly Tutoring Log) at every session. The form must be submitted to UBMS staff at the end of every school week.

What should students do if they missed sessions?

Students who miss a tutoring session are expected to be responsible for make up arrangements within two weeks of the missed session. Students with habitual unexcused absences are subject to being placed on probationary status.

Additional academic support resources

UBMS aims to foster its participants’ ability to become self-sufficient learners. UBMS students should be active and resourceful participants in their own learning experience. Therefore, all UBMS students, regardless of their academic performance level, are strongly encouraged to draw from all supplemental resources that can help them achieve success in all courses that are challenging to them.

Resources recommended by UBMS

High School Resources

Academic Services

All UBMS students are first and foremost expected to contact their assigned school counselor and teachers to inform them about their needs to perform better in a particular class. They are also expected to utilize all academic support services and resources available at their high school; for instance peer tutoring.

Study Teams

All UBMS students are encouraged, but not required, to form a “study team” or join an existing one at their school. In many cases, studying together increases the probability that all students involved in the team will benefit from synergistic learning outcomes.

Grace Fleming, an Academic Coach and Writer, provides some tips on forming a study team.http://homeworktips.about.com/od/studymethods/a/studygroup.htm. Additionally, she highlights the importance and some benefits of being part of a study team.http://homeworktips.about.com/od/homeworkhelp/a/study.htm

Online Resources

Khan Academy

Khan Academy, according to Wikipedia.com, is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. The stated mission is to provide ‘a free world-class education for anyone anywhere’.

Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available completely free of charge. Students can make use of the academy’s extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web.

To learn more about Khan Academy, visit: https://www.khanacademy.org/about


Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. Students of almost every discipline use flashcards to help them master the terms and concepts of their courses. Students can make their own, or choose from millions of flash cards sets created by others.

Quizlet makes it easy to create and share study materials, to study with a few friends or an entire class. And Quizlet is good for studying almost any subject, from languages and vocabulary to history to science and the arts.

To learn more about Quizlet, visit: http://quizlet.com/browse-sets

Forms, guides, and other documents

Daily Log

Tutoring FAQ