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Introduction
An online tutoring network for College and University students - TutorBuddies quickly connects you with students and tutors on your campus or in your community.
1.1 What is TutorBuddies

The first of its kind - TutorBuddies is simply the best way for you to find or be a peer tutor on your campus or in your community. TutorBuddies allows you to share your time and knowledge as a service - for free, or to make money.

Our mission is to offer the easiest solution to finding or becoming a peer tutor, and to improve the way tutors market themselves and connect with students in a more modern and social context. Our aim is to encourage community building, knowledge sharing, and cultural exchange between students, and to inspire academic innovation and the construction of new ideas through the positive social, economic and cultural returns of peer tutoring.

Our online tutor community is growing rapidly across the globe and TutorBuddies is now available at more than 7,000 Colleges and Universities around the world. Click here to see if we're available at your school, or you can sign up now and get started today.

tutorbuddies n. 1 an experienced and knowledgeable advisor; a trusted student in school who is typically an expert in a particular field. 2 pl. students who collaborate with an aptitude for study; distinguished academics; new friends. 3 v. to give or receive good advice about a subject or skill; to act as a coach, mentor, or friend to. 4 the art of unlocking the confidence and potential of another student; the act of volunteering or trading knowledge and guidance as a service. 5 to collaborate or work closely together.
1.2 TutorBuddies DNA - Philosophy and Values
Our mission is to offer the easiest solution to finding or becoming a peer tutor, and to improve the way tutors market themselves and connect with students in a more modern and social context.

Peer tutoring refers to a highly effective learning experience between two students who are at a similar academic level, however the process of finding or becoming a College or University tutor can be tedious.

Our mission is to offer the easiest solution to finding or becoming a peer tutor, and to improve the way tutors market themselves and connect with students in a more modern and social context.

As any company’s practices and strategies will adapt; its core values (or DNA) should not. TutorBuddies was founded on the values and principles we share with you.

  • The pursuit or encouragement of personal achievement and improved levels of confidence and academic excellence
  • Connectivity fostered through a strong sense of mentorship and self-regulated learning with a commitment to diversity, collaboration and knowledge sharing between and among students
  • Advocacy for positive social change, community involvement and the construction of new ideas
  • Fairness and academic honesty as characterized by quality, integrity, collaboration and trust
  • A responsibility to teach and apply the values of leadership and education; involving others in your community to experience excellence, and inspiring and empowering students to reach their potential
  • Advocacy for education as a vehicle for energizing social and academic innovations within and among the community
  • Company identity and culture is reflective of academic integrity and artistic ethos, with a passion for collaborative learning fueled by arts, culture and community building
1.3 Hypothesis

A hypothesis is a statement, a speculation, an educated guess based on known facts which provokes as the basis for reasoning or further investigation.

Not all experiments, companies, or “apps” require a hypothesis, however it is appropriate for a company to formulate and uphold its hypothesis and integrity if the company (or app) sets out to prove the existence of practical outcomes.

Figure 1.1 A model of hypothesis and rationale is reflected through theoretical and applied dimensions of value in “what goes around”.


What goes around (inputs):
  • The pursuit or encouragement of personal achievement and improved levels of confidence and academic excellence
  • Initiative and willingness between students to provide support, guidance and advice
  • Shared knowledge, shared knowing, and shared responsibility
  • Cultural exchange, social interaction, and learning through practical engagement
What comes back around (outputs):
  • Necessitating review of your existing knowledge and skills, improved content knowledge
  • Problem solving, teamwork, and interpersonal skills developed while applying the values of leadership and management to peer tutoring
  • Social and cognitive gains, confidence
  • Connectivity fostered through a strong sense of mentorship and self-regulated learning with a commitment to diversity, collaboration and knowledge sharing between and among students

Rationale and Purpose

Peer tutoring as a solution, role, and social activity is recognized as being one of the most instrumental vehicles for energizing social and academic achievements. At-risk student retention, student success rates, and countless "aha moments" are oftentimes the outcome of a student’s positive experience with peer tutoring.

As research in higher education continues to reveal that collaborative learning is one of the most important success factors for students, many of these studies have continued to place emphasis on the benefits of peer tutoring as their focal points.


Research Findings
Peer tutoring contributes to a student’s social and cognitive development as "prosumers" - they are both producers and consumers of education (Benard 1990).
Bruffee (1995) asserted that institutionalized peer tutoring, which began as an educational experiment during the 1970s can also be recognized as one method of encouraging more student-centred activity, including: self-corrected learning or informal group discussions, to ensure that they are appropriate, efficient and effective.
Peer tutoring is one way to promote extracurricular education services for university students. It is also a method for improving educational effectiveness whereby tutors work together to implement strategies and problem solving through a systematic process. The results of this study clearly demonstrate that the reciprocal peer tutoring program has been successful in regard to tutors and tutees’ achievements, motivation and attitudes (Chen & Lui 2010).
Effects on both tutors and students were positive in the areas of learning, attitude toward subject matter, and improved confidence (Cohen & Kulik 1981).
The tutor and tutee’s relationship is ongoing, developmental and reciprocal; it also motivates individuals to want to learn and grow cognitively. To realize the benefits of peer tutoring, tutors require strong interpersonal skills, including: relationship building, communication and team-building. Tutees can also practice their skill in giving constructive feedback to tutors (Colvin 2007).
Tutors and tutees achieve higher average grades and succeed at higher rates than students who do not engage in peer tutoring - regardless of the cultural or academic background of the students (Congos & Mack 2005).
Congos and Stout (2003) have studied the effects of peer tutoring on post-graduates and identified that interpersonal relations skills, leadership skills, teamwork skills, confidence, and improved content knowledge were among the attributes most induced by a graduate’s participation in peer tutoring. Congos and Stout conclude that peer tutoring provides excellent experience in developing and refining the traits which make for good leadership.
Peer tutoring is perceived by students as a collaborative effort to enhance academic and professional development. Research participants (students and tutors) felt that both formal and informal peer tutoring sessions were significantly effective experiences (Cunningham, G.H., Webb, S., & Patel, A. 2009).
Peer tutoring can be found in countries as economically and geographically diverse as Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Nigeria, Morocco, Germany, Australia the United States and the United Kingdom. A survey by Dang and Rogers (2009) for The World Bank Research Observer has cited evidence on the prevalence of peer tutoring in 23 developing countries. In almost all of them, 25 - 90 percent of students at various levels of education have engaged in some form of peer tutoring.
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The micro evidence on peer tutoring suggests that it improves overall student welfare and academic performance, however findings presented by Dang and Rogers (2009) also refer to positive social and cultural returns of peer tutoring. The analysis assumed that an increase in peer tutoring not only benefits a graduate’s future productivity (and hence wages) but also increases societal or organizational welfare by an equivalent amount.
Although once associated primarily with poor academic skills or a need for remediation, peer tutoring is currently more recognized as a solution that can benefit any student at some point in his academic career (Dvorak, J., 2001; Dzubak, C., 2008; Maxwell, M., 1994; Rabow, J., Chin, T., and Fahmian, N., 1999).
Dzubak (2008) discussed many of the interpersonal variables that are exhibited during effective peer tutoring. Some of these variables can be demonstrated in the classroom with the professor but others generally cannot (given the nature of a typical college classroom). First, peer tutoring sessions are conducted during a personalized, face to face, “social” interaction; second, it provides immediacy of feedback that is seldom possible in a college classroom; and, third, it actively engages the tutee in a deeper and more responsive process of learning.
Peer tutors have an opportunity to learn metacognitive strategies that strengthen their leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Dzubak (2012) suggests that a tutor’s ability and willingness to independently transfer newly acquired skills is an indication that self regulated learning has occurred. This means they have acquired the study strategies that are most effective - from how to approach and analyze a problem, to applying or conveying new concepts.
Google+ Hangouts and Skype were used for a virtual study on remote peer tutoring via social media with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students at New York University. Participants found tutoring beneficial, especially for its convenience (Elliot, L.B., Rubin, B., DeCaro, J.J., Clymer E.W., Earp K., & Fish, M.D. 2013).
Fowler and Muckert (2004) discovered that students recognized the particular bidirectional benefits of being a tutor or a tutee, such as lesson modeling, knowledge transferring, and developing outcomes. This included a greater sense of appreciation for the tutor’s time and work.
Fresko (2011) examined the effects of tutor‐tutee relationships, tutoring conditions and background variables on overall tutor satisfaction, as well on specific satisfaction from achievements, rewards, and self regulated learning. Results revealed higher satisfaction among tutors who achieved common-ground with tutees and who were able to hold tutorial sessions without difficulty. More intimate tutoring relations were found when telephone contact with the tutee was easy, when sessions were easily held, and for female same‐sex pairs.
Peer tutoring effectively address problems (stress or anxiety) caused by particularly difficult courses, while addressing the needs of at-risk or academically underprepared students (Gardiner 2005).
For recipients of peer tutoring, the benefits include: relevant and contingent advice, establishment of common ground and common knowledge, assurance of correct information, opportunity to discuss material and ask questions in a supportive setting (Goodlad & Hirst, 1989; Lawson, 1989; Schmidt & Moust, 1995).
A study on the effectiveness of peer tutor “competencies” (social skills vs content knowledge) has shown that tutees supported by tutors with social skills experienced better learning performance than tutees supported by tutors with content knowledge. These findings support the assumptions proposed by the researchers who hypothesized that social interaction and collaboration (motivation, teamwork, and trust) with peer tutors is more valuable than finding a tutor who possesses only content knowledge (Hsiao, A., Brouns, F., Bruggen, J.V., and Sloep, P. 2012).
As a solution to the multiple underlying reasons why students drop out, Jacobi (2011) suggests that peer tutoring relationships are usually focused on improved comprehension in context to “shared knowing” together with positive role modeling and emotional/psychological support.
Peer tutoring and friendship networks assist new students with adjusting to their first year at a College or University. The more students are involved in the social and academic life of an institution, the more likely they are to learn and persist (Kantanis 2000).
Magin and Churches (1995) suggest that when tutors and tutees are organized to support each other and collaborate structured ways, the probability increases that both groups will improve their skills and knowledge. Ultimately, it will be through this peer tutoring process that the tutors and tutees increase their self-confidence, skills, and the satisfaction of knowledge obtained.
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Peer interaction is the driving force in successful learning communities, academic achievement, and student satisfaction (McInnis, James, & Hartley 2000).
Peer tutoring is an economically and educationally effective intervention for persons with disabilities that can benefit both the tutor and tutee, socially and educationally by motivating them to learn (Miller, Miller, Armentrout & Flannagan 1995).
The immediacy of rapid feedback as a student learns a new task, combined with guidance and tutor collaboration through a successful performance of that task, increases student understanding as well as knowledge transfer and knowledge retention. This outcome is attributed to the students engagement in a deeper and more responsive process of learning (Muthukrishna, N. and Borokowski, J., 1995).
Naseem (2013) suggests that peer tutoring could provide a lever for social change in University. Research demonstrated the beneficial impact of peer mentoring in both conventional and informal measures of peer tutoring engagement. The impact of positive results has been significant. Improved student progression, student retention, and student satisfaction while enhancing peer-support between diverse groups within a University.
Steenkamp and Baard (2012) discovered that first year undergraduate tutees experience tutor programs positively and found that participants were in favour of similar initiatives in their second year of study. Tutors also felt that peer tutoring had beneficial consequences for tutees and would repeat their engagements while endorsing peer-supported programs.
Styhre (2006) investigated the temporal aspects of peer learning by discussing the notion of virtuality as examined by the French philosopher Henri Bergson while suggesting that learning is embedded in previous experiences. In both academic and professional settings, learning takes place through practical engagements and through sharing knowledge and experiences with peers. In these interactions between peers, practical and theoretical concerns are woven into a temporal common-ground texture integrating material in past, present, and future context.
Shared knowledge refers to a commonality of content that allows for a coherent circular experience and not just a disconnected array of courses. Shared knowing allows for students to share their experiences of trying to know or understand the material of shared courses. Shared responsibility refers to the requirement that students become responsible to each other in the process of trying to know (Tinto 2004).
Topping (1998) suggests that simply preparing to BE a peer tutor enhances cognitive processing in the tutor by increasing attention and motivation for the study material and necessitating review of existing knowledge and skills. Topping also suggests that tutees benefit from more active, interactive, and participative learning, immediate feedback, lowered anxiety with correspondingly higher self-disclosure, together with greater student ownership of the learning process.
The peer learning community is an example of a contextual design that could be applied within both academic and professional practice. As such it has relevance to recommendations for improving the concept of the “learning organization” (Tosey 1999).
In Australia, a growing number of systematic evaluations and research papers anecdotally report positive student experiences from peer tutoring (Treston, 1999; Daley, 2004; Calder, 2004; Freeman & Kelton 2004).
Peers make excellent tutors because they are in a like-minded zone of academic development. They remember which parts of concepts or skills were tricky and can provide relevant insight into effective study strategies (Vygotsky 2012).

Table 1.1 Summary of supportive research findings.

1.4 Aims and Objectives
To encourage community building, knowledge sharing and cultural exchange between students, and to inspire academic innovation and the construction of new ideas through the positive social, economic and cultural returns of peer tutoring.
The action (or phrase) of “being TutorBuddies”, or “using TutorBuddies” is marketed as being original and exclusive to TutorBuddies. Our aim is to popularize these actions while building a leading application which most efficiently intersects the supply and demand of College and University students who want to find or be a peer tutor.
Social Aims and Objectives
  • To create academic support opportunities or volunteering services performed by students to benefit students, and to encourage peer tutoring as a student-centered activity and social development tool for College and University students.
  • To address some of the stress or anxiety related problems faced by College and University students, while addressing the needs of at-risk or academically underprepared students with positive role modeling and emotional/psychological support.
  • To provide a lever for social change in University, and to improve student progression, student retention, and student satisfaction while enhancing peer-support between diverse groups within an academic community.

Economic Aims and Objectives
  • To provide solutions and opportunities via the supply of quality peer tutors, and to satisfy and engage the demand for peer tutors and peer supported programs.
  • To see TutorBuddies embraced by students as a way to enhance academic and professional development, and to improve overall student welfare and academic performance, while not only benefiting a student's future productivity (and hence wages) but also increasing their societal or organizational welfare and preparedness by an equivalent amount.

Cultural Aims and Objectives
  • To encourage community building and cultural exchange between students, and to inspire academic innovation and the construction of new ideas via the positive social and cultural returns of peer tutoring.
  • To become a driving force in successful learning communities - the more students are involved in the cultural, social, and academic life of an institution - the more likely they are to learn and persist.
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TutorBuddies 101 - Getting Started
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
Leonardo da Vinci
2.1 How to find a peer tutor
1. Sign up

Connecting with a tutor is easy and it only takes a second to sign up.

Post and describe all of the courses or subjects you need support with and use tags to specify your skills, requirements, and difficulties. TutorBuddies will guide you through the process of entering this information so tutors can discover your profile and contact you if they are able to offer any advice or support.

We recommend that you take advantage of Facebook integration features and Connect using Facebook to make the most out of your TutorBuddies experience.

2. To find, or to be found

Similar to other popular applications (like Twitter and Instagram) usernames are unique identifiers on TutorBuddies. Your username will form the unique URL which links to your TutorBuddies profile.

Example: tutorbuddies.com/sheldoncooper

In addition to posting your requirements or difficulties, you can also search for tutors. Use Search Operators to find the best peer tutor for you - on your campus, or in your community. You can also link between more relevant tutors by using Discovery Features to explore the course or subject connections between tutors.

3. Messaging

If you find a tutor you like, just shoot them a message! Use your TutorBuddies account to explore a world of amazing tutors and connect with them for free.

2.2 How to be a peer tutor
1. Sign up

You could be making money with what you already have - brains! Yes brains, that's plural, because singular doesn’t do justice to the organ. If you have a brain and want to be a tutor, you'll need to sign up and create a tutor profile.

As a registered tutor user, you will be able to find and contact other students and tutors.

We recommend that you take advantage of Facebook integration features and Connect using Facebook to make the most out of your TutorBuddies experience.

2. Create a username

Similar to other popular applications (like Twitter and Instagram) usernames are unique identifiers on TutorBuddies. Your username will form the unique URL which links to your TutorBuddies profile.

Example: tutorbuddies.com/sheldoncooper

3. Get started

You can start to build and publish your tutor profile immediately after your login details have been verified via confirmation email.

TutorBuddies will guide you through the process of entering your information and any details that will help students learn more about you. Please remember that people like to make informed decisions and you want to make users feel comfortable by giving them a clear indication of who you are, what you have accomplished, and what you have to offer.

Please complete your tutor profile thoroughly and to the best of your ability (to illustrate your best abilities). Here's an idea - think of your TutorBuddies profile as your online academic identity, or your small business. Carve out a niche for yourself and use viral marketing tools to share your profile across social media.

Please ensure that you have read and are familiar with our Community Guidelines.

For more information and tips on tutor profile search optimization, please have a quick study of our Search Operators and Discovery Features.

4. Messaging

If you think a user would appreciate your knowledge or advice, just message them! Use your TutorBuddies account to explore a world of students like you and connect with them for free.

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Feature Tour
TutorBuddies is well known for its design and user friendliness. We have worked very hard to create a strong sense of quality through attention to detail and careful consideration of all elements.
3.1 Smart Matching

It’s understandable - you have high expectations for the quality of your search results. That’s why TutorBuddies uses Smart Matching, a software component within our advanced search platform powered by Apache Solr Blast Processing.

The art and science of Smart Matching is a delicately calibrated system based on dependent and independent variables which are formulated to drive more intelligent results by processing only the most relevant, correlated, or significant variables.

Its major features include:

  • Powerful and intuitive navbar search with defined field types
  • Search Operator and Discovery Feature data functions allow you to combine multiple variables or tags into a search
  • Near real-time indexing supported by Blast Processing for synchronization across all your devices
  • Auto-suggest database contains over 7,000 approved School names to eliminate inconsistencies or inaccurate results
  • Search result matches are ranked by tutor activity (currently online or most recent log in)
  • Smart Match search logging with search engine autowarming support is used to recommend trends or searches that are popular

3.2 Discovery Features

Use Discovery Features to explore any common traits or connections between tutors. Quickly refine your search results while jumping between tutors with the most relevant knowledge.

A discovery search is performed by clicking (or tapping) on the links or tags found throughout a tutor's profile. Using discovery searches properly will allow you to efficiently “drill down” your search results.

You can use Discovery Features to:

  • Discover all likeminded tutors at a particular school
  • Discover all tutors with knowledge of a particular course or subject
  • Discover all tutors at a specific school with specific or complementary knowledge in related or unrelated subjects

For more information on using Discovery Features, please visit the Quick Reference Guide.

3.3 Search Operators

Although TutorBuddies allows you to perform basic and very rapid searches via its unified navbar search, the application also accepts a rich query language interpreted through a sequence of values or commands known as a search operator.

A Search Operator (also known as a Boolean Operator) can be defined as a mathematical set or instruction that joins or eliminates keywords to produce more complex or accurate search results.

  • The phrase operator is useful when searching for a specific school name, course name, subject, or tag. Combine phrases and words to change the relationship between search variables
  • Use phrases to search for a tutor by institution name, department name, course name, course code, subject, skill, or interest
  • To search for an exact name, enclose the name in quotation marks
  • To search for an exact tag or term, enclose the word(s) in quotation marks
  • Using quotes will help you to exclude any unwanted or irrelevant results
  • Use NOT (or the “-“ symbol) to exclude results containing certain words from your search

Searches are NOT case sensitive. Searching with upper-case or lower-case letters will give you the same results.

For more information and tips on using Search Operators to gain more control over the results that you see, please visit the Quick Reference Guide.

Putting things into context - let's start by discussing the characteristics of a Search Operator.
3.3.1 Phrase Operator

The phrase operator is useful when searching for a school name, course name, subject, or tag. If you enter a set of words within quotation marks, TutorBuddies will find you those exact words as they appear within the quotes. Using quotes will help you to exclude any unwanted or irellevant results.

Example 1: A search for “european union politics” will show results for tutor profiles that contain European Union Politics as an exact course name or tag. This would exclude results for profiles containing european politics or european union.

Example 2: A search for “University of Amsterdam” will show results for all tutors at the University of Amsterdam.

Example 3: A search for “University of Amsterdam” POLI107 will show results for all tutors at the University of Amsterdam whose profile contains the POLI107 course code.

Example 4: A search for “University of Amsterdam” "european union politics" will show results for all tutors at the University of Amsterdam whose profile contains "european union politics" as a course name or tag.

3.3.2 Inclusive Operator

The inclusive operator (used with AND or the + symbol) allows you to find profiles including both (or all) terms or phrases used in your search.

The inclusive operator is also the default operator, and therefore using no operator is equivalent to using AND or + in the place of any spaces in your search.

Depending on the complexity of your search, the default interpretation of all terms inclusive and being equal can be the most efficient and intuitive method for searches containing more than one key term.

Example 1: To find a tutor at the University of Amsterdam who can offer support with CHEM209 and CHEM382, you would use the search operator:

“University of Amsterdam” CHEM209 CHEM382

or

“University of Amsterdam” CHEM209 AND CHEM382

or

“University of Amsterdam” CHEM209 + CHEM382

Example 2: To find a tutor at the University of Amsterdam who can offer support with both Photonics, Quantum Optics, and Statistics, you would use the search operator:

“University of Amsterdam” photonics quantum optics statistics

or

“University of Amsterdam” photonics AND quantum optics AND statistics

or

“University of Amsterdam” photonics + quantum optics + statistics

Example 3: To find a tutor at the University of Amsterdam who can offer support with CHEM402 and has knowledge of Quantum Atom Physics, you would use the search operator:

“University of Amsterdam” CHEM304 quantum atom physics

or

“University of Amsterdam” CHEM304 AND quantum atom physics

or

“University of Amsterdam” CHEM304 + quantum atom physics

3.3.3 Exclusive Operator

The Exclusive operator (used with NOT or the “ ” symbol) is used to exclude results containing the term after NOT or the symbol “ ”.

Tip: Using quotes will also help you to exclude any unwanted or irrelevant results.

Example 1: To find a tutor at the University of Amsterdam who can offer support with Design but not Industrial Design, you would use the operator:

“University of Amsterdam” design NOT industrial

or

“University of Amsterdam” design - industrial

Example 2: To find a tutor at the University of Amsterdam who can offer support with Music Theory and wish to exclude all results for Pop Music, you would use the operator:

“University of Amsterdam” "music theory" NOT pop music

or

“University of Amsterdam” "music theory" - pop music

3.4 TutorBuddies Mobile

TutorBuddies works across all modern browsers and devices and TutorBuddies Mobile makes it easy for you to find or receive support from wherever you are.

Experience TutorBuddies on your smartphone or tablet by using our web app for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. Click here for a preview of TutorBuddies Mobile.

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Community Guidelines

TutorBuddies Inc. is committed to providing a safe, equitable, and orderly environment for students, and expects all users of the Service to behave responsibly and ethically.

By accessing or using the TutorBuddies website, the TutorBuddies service, or any applications (including mobile applications) made available by TutorBuddies (together, the "Service"), however accessed, together with our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you agree to play by these rules (“The Rules of TutorBuddies”).

The following Community Guidelines affirm the values and principles of TutorBuddies which include strong commitment to academic integrity, trust, and sincerity.

4.1 The Rules of TutorBuddies

Don’t spam

Nobody likes spam. Do not use our Service to post or distribute unsolicited commercial material (“spam”). This extends to service manipulation (posting irrelevant URLs) as well as repetitive attempts to contact users for commercial purposes or self-promotion.

Don’t be rude

Do not post offensive content via the Service. This includes profanity, sexually suggestive or explicit language, and hateful or derogatory comments. We have zero tolerance for harassment, hateful, or predatory conduct and this type of behavior will put you at risk of having your account disabled or terminated.

Be relevant

TutorBuddies is a social place for bright minds. Do not bore the brains of other users by manipulating TutorBuddies to post or distribute any off-topic or insignificant content. This type of behavior is considered spam and will put you at risk of having your account disabled or terminated.

Be mature

Be kind and respectful. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Please respect any terms or guidelines you are supposed to act in accordance with. Also please promptly respond to messages and inquiries, even if you are unavailable.

Be humble

Authenticity is well received. Nobody likes a self-promoter. Do not exaggerate your accomplishments and please accurately represent yourself.

Be real (do not plagiarize)

You are sophisticated. Do not plagiarize. Do not use this Service to discuss or promote plagiarism, or to facilitate the purchase of notes or assignments. If you need support with your studies, please contact a tutor.

Be yourself (do not use someone else’s name)

Please do not register accounts in the name of another person or company. If you feel that a user is fraudulent, or is impersonating you on TutorBuddies, please contact us.

Be accurate and consistent

Please proofread your information and check that spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct. This request extends to the use of proper spacing and capital letters where applicable, particularly with course names and course codes which should be entered (or searched for) as they appear in your curriculum or program catalogue.

Teach us something

We want your feedback! TutorBuddies is an evolving and agile community, which means there will be some growing pains along the way. If you experience any errors, unexpected results, or “bugs” please let us know what is working and what is not.

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Help
5.1 TutorBuddies Support

Please send your questions, comments, or suggestions to support@tutorbuddies.com

5.2 Frequently Asked Questions
What is TutorBuddies?

The first of its kind - TutorBuddies is simply the best way for you to find or be a peer tutor on your campus or in your community. We’re both a marketplace and a modern solution to a conventional problem faced by College and University students around the world. TutorBuddies allows you to share your time and knowledge as a service - for free, or to make money.

Our mission is to offer the easiest solution to finding or becoming a peer tutor, and to improve the way tutors market themselves and connect with students in a more modern and social context. Our aim is to encourage community building, knowledge sharing, and cultural exchange between students, and to inspire academic innovation and the construction of new ideas through the positive social, economic and cultural returns of peer tutoring.

tutorbuddies n. 1 an experienced and knowledgeable advisor; a trusted student in school who is typically an expert in a particular field. 2 pl. students who collaborate with an aptitude for study; distinguished academics; new friends. 3 v. to give or receive good advice about a subject or skill; to act as a coach, mentor, or friend to. 4 the art of unlocking the confidence and potential of another student; the act of volunteering or trading knowledge and guidance as a service. 5 to collaborate or work closely together.

For more information on how it works, please visit TutorBuddies 101.

Where is TutorBuddies used?

Our community is growing rapidly across the globe and TutorBuddies is now available at more than 7,000 Colleges and Universities around the world. Click here to see if we're available at your school, or you can sign up now and get started today.

Translation and multiple-language support features are being developed to provide localized versions of TutorBuddies for various languages and regions.

Is it free to create an account on TutorBuddies?

Yes, it is free to create an account on TutorBuddies.

This sounds cool, buy why should I be interested in TutorBuddies?

The action (or phrase) of “being TutorBuddies”, or “using TutorBuddies” is marketed as being original and exclusive to this application. Our goal is to popularize these actions while building a leading application which most efficiently intersects the supply and demand of College and University students who want to FIND or BE a peer tutor.

TutorBuddies (or peer tutoring) refers to a highly effective learning experience between two students who are at a similar academic level, however the process of finding or becoming a College or University tutor can be tedious. Our mission is to offer the easiest solution to finding or becoming a peer tutor, and to improve the way tutors market themselves and connect with students in a more modern and social context. Our aim is to encourage community building, knowledge sharing, and cultural exchange between students, and to inspire academic innovation and the construction of new ideas through the positive social, economic and cultural returns of peer tutoring.

Peer tutoring as a solution, role, and social activity is recognized as being one of the most instrumental vehicles for energizing social and academic achievements. At-risk student retention, student success rates, and countless “aha moments” are oftentimes the outcome of a student’s positive experience with peer tutoring.

There are a number of benefits to working as a peer tutor:

  • There is an opportunity to make some money (and make some friends)
  • Peer tutoring experience looks great on your resume
  • Peer tutoring experience will develop your leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Necessitating review of your existing knowledge and skills, improved content knowledge
  • Advocacy for positive social change, community involvement, and the construction of new ideas

TutorBuddies is also a great way to drive social and academic innovation in your community. Sometimes the best way to learn is to teach, and by using TutorBuddies you are sharing your knowledge and support while helping to inspire the next generation (or cohort) of students.

I need to find a tutor. Do I need to create a TutorBuddies account to contact a tutor?

Yes. To protect the privacy of our users, you will need to quickly create an account before you can securely send messages to tutors.

Where are tutoring sessions held?

Tutoring sessions will take place wherever you are most comfortable. This could be on your campus, in a cafe, or at the library.

If you see the Skype icon on a tutor's profile that is an indication they are willing to tutor over Skype.

How much does a tutor cost?

This depends on the tutor you choose. Some tutors may prefer to charge cash for their services, while other tutors are happy to volunteer their time in exchange for food or coffee

Any rates or method of payment is decided by you and your tutor, and (unlike most tutoring agencies) we do not take any form of commission from your private transactions.

Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. How can I sign up to BE a tutor?

You can sign up here to get started.

We recommend that you take advantage of Facebook integration features and Connect using Facebook to make the most out of your TutorBuddies experience.

Why should I Connect using Facebook and how do Facebook integration features work?

You can use Facebook to sign up with TutorBuddies instead of using an email and password. Once you have connected your Facebook account to TutorBuddies, this will activate a single sign on (SSO) feature for hassle free access. This means that any time you are logged into Facebook you will automatically be logged into TutorBuddies.

Connecting with Facebook also allows you to share some of your TutorBuddies activity with your friends on Facebook - and sharing your TutorBuddies activity on Facebook drives interest in your online academic identity. Your friends can then share, like, or comment on your TutorBuddies activity.

Tip: Sharing your TutorBuddies profile across social media is the most effective strategy for marketing yourself and finding more work as a peer tutor.

How can I find more work as a tutor?

The action (or phrase) of “being TutorBuddies”, or “using TutorBuddies” is marketed as being original and exclusive to this application. Our goal is to popularize these actions while building a leading application which most efficiently intersects the supply and demand of College and University students who want to FIND or BE a peer tutor.

As TutorBuddies grows in your region, this will increase your chances of being contacted for a tutoring session. You will increase your chances of being contacted or finding work by ensuring you have a very clear and detailed profile. Remember that people like to make informed decisions and generally bigger is better - you want to make people feel comfortable by giving them a clear indication of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you have to offer them.

Course codes and tags are valuable assets to your profile because they are highly significant variables within a search algorithm. By adding more course codes and tags to your profile, you will exponentially improve your chance of appearing in search results.

Please remember that sharing your TutorBuddies profile URL on social media is the most effective strategy for marketing yourself and finding more work as a peer tutor.

For more information and tips on tutor profile search optimization, please have a quick study of our Search Operators and Discovery Features.

Is there a limit to how many courses I can add to my profile?

There is no limit! You can add as many courses as you like.

Course codes and tags are valuable assets to your profile because they are highly significant variables within a search algorithm. By adding more course codes and tags to your profile, you will exponentially improve your chance of appearing in search results.

Is there a limit to how many tags I can add to a course on my profile?

Yes and no. While adding (or editing) your courses, you can add as many tags as you like, however only your first 15 tags will display with each course.

Your tags will appear by the order which they were entered. Although your additional 16+ tags will not display within the course box, these additional tags are still indexed and searchable therefore you are encouraged to add as many relevant tags or keywords as you like.

I enjoy using TutorBuddies, how can I help you to grow?

Please remember that TutorBuddies is a free application for you to use. Please do your part to help us grow by making TutorBuddies (the activity and the application) popular with your peers.

Many early-stage startups or “apps” depend on word-of-mouth referrals and social media recommendations from users like you. We’ve worked very hard to build TutorBuddies and take great pleasure in ensuring that you are satisfied with our application.

It is such an important part of our growth that we kindly ask every new user to do one thing for us: if you like our application, if you think it’s cool, if you find it to be practical, then please refer us to any of your friends that you feel may find TutorBuddies useful. If there isn’t one friend that you can refer us to, then please like or share us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and leave an endorsement there.

You can help by:

  • Inviting your friends and peers to join TutorBuddies
  • Connecting your Facebook and TutorBuddies accounts
  • Sharing your TutorBuddies profile URL and activity on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Liking us on Facebook and Twitter

Can I tutor over Skype?

Absolutely! Skype’s screen sharing feature is an awesome tool for tutoring and collaboration, and it's free! Also Twiddla is a free and super easy web-based whiteboard tool which makes for great collaboration, brainstorming, and document editing.

If you have indicated in your profile that you are “Willing to tutor over Skype” then you may be contacted by a user who will request to exchange Skype usernames. The exchange of Skype usernames should be arranged by you and your tutee. Skype usernames are not made public or shared via TutorBuddies.

You can use other video calling services like Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or whichever you prefer.

Can I arrange to receive tutoring over Skype?

This depends. A tutor may indicate in their profile if they are “Willing to tutor over Skype”

The exchange of Skype usernames should be arranged by you and your tutor. Skype usernames are not made public or shared via TutorBuddies.

Please remember that you must create an account and be logged in to contact a tutor and request their Skype username.

Even if a tutor has not indicated they are willing to tutor over Skype, you can still send a message to request their Skype username or consider other video calling tools like Google Hangouts or Snapchat (just kidding about Snapchat).

Can I use TutorBuddies on my tablet or smartphone?

Yes you can! Experience TutorBuddies Mobile on your smartphone or tablet by using our web application for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices.

TutorBuddies Mobile makes it easy to find or receive support from wherever you are. Use your phone to update your profile or contact a tutor.

Click here for a preview of TutorBuddies Mobile.

Oops, I forgot my password. How can I retrieve my password?

Click here for password reset instructions.

If I sign up to create a Tutor Account, can I still contact other tutors on TutorBuddies?

Absolutely. You are fully encouraged to connect with other tutors on TutorBuddies, especially if they’re not at your school! Ask some questions, share some knowledge, discuss your research interests, and offer proofreading or recommendations.

I would like to change my Explorer Account to a Tutor Account. How can I change my account type?

Please contact us if you have any questions about changing your account type.

How can I close my account?

Upon successful completion of your post-secondary studies (congratulations!) you may wish to close your TutorBuddies account.

However, if you still live or work close to your College or University, we recommend that you remain available to provide peer tutoring services or alumni consultation as a recent graduate.

If you wish you close your account, please ensure you are logged in and viewing the Account Settings page. At the bottom of the form, you will see a link to “Close my Account”.

How can I find the tutor who is right for me?

The best approach is usually to try contacting multiple tutors who may be a good match. Once you have established contact with the tutor, you can further discuss their knowledge and experience.

Most tutors will share some personal information in their profiles, including links to view their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Reviewing this information will help you to evaluate the tutor’s values and maturity.

You are responsible for your interactions with other users.

It is a good idea to:

  • Interview prospective tutors by telephone. Once you have established contact via email, an exchange of phone numbers for planning and scheduling purposes should not be a problem. Tutors should always be fully participative in the planning and scheduling of tutoring sessions.
  • Meet in a public place
  • Try viewing the tutor’s Facebook profile (or other social media accounts) to verify their identity

What should I do if I encounter a suspicious profile or user on TutorBuddies?

If you feel that a user does not belong on TutorBuddies, please send an email to support@tutorbuddies.com including a URL and description identifying the user that you feel is misbehaving (or to be the subject of violation).

It is TutorBuddies’ policy (in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion) to disable or terminate the account of users who violate our Terms of Service , or who are repeatedly flagged or accused of overstepping The Rules of TutorBuddies.

How does TutorBuddies protect my privacy?

As a priority, TutorBuddies will always protect your privacy and personal information and expects its users to do the same. You choose what information and content you share with us. When you enter sensitive information, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). To learn more, please refer to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy pages.

How can I contact the TutorBuddies team?

Please send your constructive feedback, comments, and suggestions to feedback@tutorbuddies.com

TutorBuddies is an evolving and agile community, which means there will be some growing pains along the way. If you experience any errors, unexpected results, or “bugs” please let us know what is working and what is not.