The Office of Academic Skills provides Peer Tutoring in 3-ways; one-on- one sessions, Course Mentoring group sessions, and Success Seminar group sessions.
We currently offer tutoring in:
- Organic Chemistry
- Environmental Studies
- 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.
Course Content tutoring: A form of individual tutoring with one of our peer tutors tailored to the student’s personal academic needs in a specific course.
Academic Skills tutoring: A form of individual tutoring that focuses on study skills, organizing, and time management.
- 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.
To apply, complete the application here. Please note that applications may be submitted at any time, but will only be reviewed during the second half of spring semester.
When you apply, you will need to list each faculty you had for any course you are applying to tutor. The OAS will reach out to them to complete our recommendation form. Course mentors must be nominated by their department and do not need to list faculty recommendations.
The OAS will reach out to qualified applicants for interviews. Tutors are not hired for every subject and tutors who are able to tutor in multiple areas are given higher priority, to ensure you are able to tutor enough hours to earn the CRLA Certification you are eligible for through out training.
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.