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 once an assignment has been made 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.
- We recommend that tutors and tutees made plans to meet regularly, usually once per week or every two weeks.
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:
- Assess the learning task and the student's skills;
- Provide direct instruction where necessary;
- Provide sustained corrective feedback;
- Model skills and strategies;
- 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. 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.