Peer Tutoring

The ultimate aim of tutoring is to help students become independent learners. Tutoring has been found to help students improve grades, get work done in less time, understand material better, recall course-content over longer periods, and most importantly, help students become better learners in general. 

Tutoring can be available to any students who feel they could be learning more successfully than they are. In fact, tutors themselves request tutoring since they know firsthand how beneficial tutoring can be. 

Requesting a Tutor

Free tutoring is available for most introductory courses and for many of the more popular courses.

  • Requests are made online using the request form and a tutor is assigned to you via e-mail, usually within a day or two.
  • Students are responsible for contacting the tutor by email to arrange a time and place to meet. Be sure your message clearly states your purpose for contacting the tutor and includes when you're available to meet.

    Tutors are usually good about returning e-mails, but they’re students, too, and their schedules may be tight, particularly around exam weeks. If you don't hear back within a day, try again. If you still don't hear back, contact the Peer Tutor Coordinator.

Peer Tutoring Positions

All tutors have a demonstrated mastery of course content (a minimum of 3.25 in the courses they tutor and recommendations from two professors) and personal attitudes and abilities suitable for tutoring. They also receive regular training in the principles and best practices of tutoring. 

The primary focuses of tutoring are to:

  1. Assess the learning task and the student's skills;
  2. Provide direct instruction where necessary;
  3. Provide sustained corrective feedback;
  4. Model skills and strategies;
  5. Provide opportunities for students to do the work.

Peer tutoring is a paid position for students within the university, schedules are flexible, and tutors may work anywhere from 5-15 hours per week. Applications from potential tutors are always accepted, and are notified when positions become available. You can download the application or stop by Academic Advising in the Whitman Annex and speak to the Peer Tutor Coordinator if you have any questions.