The Tutorial Services division supports students in developing a balance of independent and collaborative learning to achieve academic success. We offer individual and group tutoring sessions as well as study skills, writing, and public speaking workshops. You may also make an appointment with Gail Thomas, a learning specialist, for support with studying, time management, motivation, or reading, note-taking, and test-taking strategies.
To work with a peer tutor for non-quantitative courses, submit a Tutor Request Form available here or at the Center. Language and introductory biology tutors are always available. Tutors for other courses will be hired as they are requested. You will be matched with a tutor, and together you will agree upon a meeting time and a distraction-free place such as the Jacobson Center or classroom. Sessions are most beneficial if they are scheduled weekly, but that is for you to decide. You may receive one hour of tutoring per week for each subject requested. If you feel that you need more that one hour, you must get approval from your professor and the Coordinator, Gail Thomas.
During a typical session, you will work with a tutor to clarify concepts, enhance retention, practice written and spoken language and learn strategies for studying specific material. To maximize the learning experience, tutors work with students to uncover thinking processes and discover solutions rather than to give answers. The goal of tutoring is for you to become a more confident and independent learner.
Our tutoring program has been certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and peer tutors receive ongoing training and support.
Before meeting with a tutor, review the material you want to discuss. Decide whether you need help understanding concepts, developing study skills, or reinforcing what you’ve learned in class. You should have completed the reading and attempted homework assignments. Write down your questions and bring them to the session along with your notes, books, syllabus, and other relevant material.
If you are interested in becoming a tutor for biology, a language or other non-quantitative course, you should contact your professor for a recommendation. Departments recommend tutors in the spring for the following year, and the Coordinator invites applications and conducts interviews at that time. These tutors are guaranteed 3-7 hours of work per week, depending on the subject area. Tutors for courses such as government, art history, music, religion, psychology, and philosophy are hired during the year depending on student requests and work fewer hours.
Informal writing, public speaking, and study skills workshops are offered during lunch time during each semester. The schedule is posted here and in the Center. It is not necessary to pre-register, and you may bring a grab and go lunch.
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