With the variety of campus resources available to college students, it may be frustrating to see students who struggle but do not seek study help.

We recently surveyed thousands of college students about their classroom habits. Students were asked, “How often do you seek out tutors or additional help for your classes?”

Study help

College students seek tutors and study help

Our respondents revealed that 36% of college students NEVER seek out tutors or additional help for their classes. Additionally, 51% of college students occasionally seek out tutors or additional help, while 13% frequently do.

Some lucky students may find that they can do well in their courses by simply attending classes and studying solo. However, many will see improved outcomes after seeking additional help.

Students who have never benefited from campus tutoring services, may be hesitant to try it in the first place. Or they may be quick to give up if they have a bad experience.

The language of responsibility

To help students be more proactive in their studies, author Skip Downing in his text On Course, Study Skills Plus Edition, 2nd Edition, explains that many of us would benefit from shifting our mentality from that of a “victim” to that of a “creator.”

A Victim mindset keeps people from seeing and acting on choices that could help them achieve the life they want. A Creator mindset causes people to see multiple options, choose wisely among them, and take effective actions to achieve the life they want.

For example:


Creators vs victims

“The Language of Responsibility” from On Course, Study Skills Plus Edition, 2nd Edition (page 51-52) Copyright 2014 Cengage Learning.


Shifting to a Creator state of mind may be just what your students need for a successful semester.

Reference: Downing, Skip. 2014. On Course, Study Skills Plus Edition, 2nd Edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

What opportunities do you see for shifting perspectives from Victim to Creator in your classroom? Share your ideas below.