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Academic Services

The Office of Academic Skills provides Peer Tutoring in 3-ways; one-on- one sessions, Course Mentoring group sessions, and Success Seminar group sessions.

About Peer Tutoring

We currently offer tutoring in:

  • Biology
  • Biochem
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Business
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science

If you would like to request tutoring in a course that is not currently offered, please contact the OAS. The office will do their best to accommodate these requests. If one of our current tutors is not able to tutor a course, we cannot provide a tutor mid semester due to our hiring and training requirements.

Peer Tutors are students who have completed the course with at least a 3.0 and have a recommendation from a professor in their subject area. Along with great academic standing, professor recommendations, and content knowledge, all Peer Tutors are trained on a regular basis to develop appropriate skills to help students who seek a tutor in their requested subject area. 

You can either be tutored one on one by making an appointment (see below) or use our new resource; Study Tables. Study tables are a great place for you to study or complete practice worksheets and problems independently, with the support of a tutor nearby if you have questions. See the schedule (link below) for days and times of Course Mentor Sessions.

 

Click on the link below to make an appointment with a subject tutor or to view the tutor schedule. All users need to log in with their WAC login username and password. New users will need to make a profile to register before viewing the schedule. Please choose the OAS Peer Tutor center from the drop-down menu.
 

Make an appointment!

 

Tutoring Expectations

  •  A fellow student who is genuinely interested in helping other students.
  • Respect and professionalism.
  • Tutors are not miracle workers. There is no magic wand to get you an A or make you understand everything, so tutors certainly can’t do that either. They will work with you on study skills and techniques and review information to help you work towards success.
  • Tutors will help you work towards independent learning.
  •  Come with a plan. Know what you want to work on, it’s even better if you can include that when you schedule the appointment, then they may be able to prepare even more thoroughly.
  • Come Prepared. You should always bring notes, textbooks, and syllabi to tutoring appointments. Occasionally a tutor will ask you to bring specific materials, assignments, or to come prepared with a list of questions. Take advantage of this. The tutor is asking you do to this because they know how to maximize a session for you. Additionally, it is sometimes impossible for them to help you if you do not bring these things.
  • Arrive on time. Tutors have a specific period of time during which they will wait. If you exceed that time, they will leave, and your appointment will be marked as a no-show. If you accumulate 3 no-shows (in any tutoring center), you will be locked out of WC Online and be contacted by Academic Resource staff for a meeting.
  • Be an active participant. You should expect to be engaged in the session. Your tutor will ask questions and have a dialogue with you. Tutoring is productive and effective when it is interactive.
  • Provide feedback. If you don’t understand something, or something is not working, you should be honest and let them know. They will not judge you, and their feelings won’t be hurt if the way they’re tutoring isn’t working for you. They want to help and need feedback to do that.
  • Respect. Be respectful of your tutors’ time and efforts. They want to help you and work as a tutor because they love helping students. Be respectful of their time by arriving on time, and staying for the entire scheduled appointment. If you will need to leave early, plan ahead and let your tutor know via email or when booking the appointment.

* Should a student, on a regular basis, not meet these expectations, they may be required to meet with the Assistant Director of the OAS to discuss how to effectively use tutoring, how to meet expectations, and their future tutoring usage or other academic support options. 

The Office of Academic Skills offers a series of specific workshops to accelerate learning: time management, reading, note-taking, test taking, and other organizational skills. 

All seminars will be presented via Zoom during the Fall 2020 Semester. Please contact Hilary Bateman, hbateman2@washcoll.edu with any questions.  

Learn More

 

Fall 2020 Seminar Schedule Link

Topic

Day

Date

Time

Your Best Friend, Your Syllabi

Monday

September 9

5:00-6:00

Time Management A-Z

Thursday

September 12

6:00-7:00

Managing Time & Priorities

Wednesday

September 18

6:00-7:00

Goal Setting for a New Semester

Thursday

September 19

5:00-6:00

Create a Plan for Success, Using Your Time Well

Tuesday

September 24

6:00-7:00

Taking Advantage of Your Learning Style & Strengths

Wednesday

September 25

5:00-6:00

Breaking Down Studying Myths

Thursday

September 26

5:00-6:00

All About Exams; Prep, Strategies, and Anxiety

Monday

September 30

6:00-7:00

Managing Time & Priorities

Wednesday

October 2

5:00-6:00

Talking to Professors: How and Why

Tuesday

October 8

6:00-7:00

MIDTERM

Project Management

Tuesday

October 15

5:00-6:00

Rebounding from Midterm Grades

Thursday

October 17

6:00-7:00

Rebounding from Midterm Grades

Monday

October 21

5:00-6:00

Create a Plan for Success, Using Your Time Well

Tuesday

October 22

5:00-6:00

Rebounding from Midterm Grades

Wednesday

October 23

6:00-7:00

Managing Time & Priorities

Monday

October 28

5:00-6:00

Rebounding from Midterm Grades

Tuesday

October 29

6:00-7:00

Academics & Technology

Wednesday

October 30

5:00-6:00

Stop Procrastinating

Monday

November 4

6:00-7:00

Presentation Skills

Tuesday

November 5

5:00-6:00

All About Exams; Prep, Strategies, and Anxiety

Thursday

November 7

5:00-6:00

Stress and Sleep: Taking Time to Breath and Catch Some Zzz’s

Tuesday

November 12

6:00-7:00

Test Anxiety

Thursday

November 14

5:00-6:00

Managing Time & Priorities

Monday

November 18

5:00-6:00

Reach the Finish Line: Making a Study Plan for Finals

Wednesday

November 20

6:00-7:00

All About Exams; Prep, Strategies, and Anxiety

Tuesday

December 3

5:00-6:00

 

If you would like to request a seminar, workshop, or presentation for a class, residence hall, etc., please fill contact Hilary Bateman (hbateman2@washcoll.edu). We appreciate 2 or more weeks advanced notice.