Peer Tutoring | St. Lawrence University Academic Advising

Peer Tutoring

Process for Requesting a Tutor

  • Requests may be made using our online request form; once completed, a tutor will typically be assigned to you via e-mail within a day or two.
  • Free tutoring is available for most introductory courses and for many popular intermediate-level courses (i.e., most 100-level and selected 200-level classes).
  • Students are responsible for contacting their new tutor by email once an assignment has been made to arrange a time to meet.
  • All Spring 2021 Tutoring will take place remotely.
  • We recommend that tutors and tutees made plans to meet regularly, usually once per week or every two weeks.

Our Mission

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 materials 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. 

Peer Tutoring Positions

All tutors have a demonstrated mastery of course content (a minimum of 3.25 in the courses they tutor), an overall 3.0 cumulative GPA, 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 St. Lawrence's Academic Advising Department.  Schedules are flexible, and tutors generally work between 5-10 hours per week (depending on student demand). If you think you may be interested in serving within the program as a tutor, please contact the Coordinator of Academic Engagement to receive more information and/or to make an application.   Students may apply by submitting a list of past and present activities (a resume or c.v. is welcome if a student has one), contact information for two faculty referees, and a one-page letter of interest---which would typically cover why an applicant is interested in the job, what they hope to gain from the experience, how they anticipate approaching the work, what subjects they are interested in tutoring, and what previous preparation they have received for this type of student-centric work.