The fairness of having tutors

I didn’t get the grade I wanted even when I had my Calculus tutor. Maybe I didn’t ask enough questions or go as often as I should have, but I know for a fact that having one doesn’t guarantee that A.

Some argue that having a tutor is an unfair advantage because students are able to have their questions answered on the spot, one-on-one attention, additional resources and extra practice. While all of this may be true, if students don’t take the time with the tutor seriously or put in enough effort afterwards, it essentially means nothing. Why?

Tutors are not there to take the test for you. Tutors do not know what’s exactly on tomorrow’s test. Tutors aren’t by your side every second of every day to answer endless questions. Ultimately, it is up to the students to perform well and put the tutor’s help to good use. Tutors are merely a helping hand in assisting the students to do better than they usually do.

However, it is a fact that paying for extra help is a privilege that not everyone can have, and I can understand how these students may lag behind in class or not do as well as those who can afford a tutor. Sure, these students may miss out on getting one-on-one attention and extra practice materials, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re at a disadvantage. Students have countless other resources and opportunities to get their questions answered, whether it be accessing online materials or asking their school teacher for help. I still believe that simply having a tutor alone is not enough to raise your grade or earn the grade you want. The end result still relies on the students and their work ethic in order to raise their grades.

It may seem like having that direct line to help whenever you want will result in better scores in the class, but it is possible for students who pay lots of money to have top notch tutors to not do well on the test or in the class. This means that having a tutor means nothing when the students don’t truly understand the material and has not perfected the material to the point in which they can do the work their own.

Even personally, at my tutor class, I remember being afraid and even embarrassed to ask the tutor “dumb questions,” and before I knew it, it was yet another lost opportunity to get my questions answered and be one step closer to fully understanding certain concepts. Based on my example, it shows that there are other small factors depending on the individual that decide if the tutoring is effective.

So, again, having a tutor on hand really means nothing if you’re not willing to put in extra time and effort to drill in the information and ask questions. I know this first hand because I didn’t get the grade I wanted in Calculus, and there’s no one to blame but myself.

By Olivia Chiang, Coverage Lead

Editorial Cartoon by Haixin Guo


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