STEM Tutors

Peer STEM Tutors assist students in a wide range of math, science, social science, logic, and related courses, including biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, economics, logic, neuroscience, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and statistics. Some tutors run weekly drop-in sessions while others work with students in scheduled appointments. In either case, all STEM Peer Tutors

* help students understand concepts

* give appropriate guidance on homework/problem sets/lab reports

* provide strategies for general study or for quiz/test preparation

What our Peer STEM Tutors say about tutoring

Peer tutoring is very rewarding because it makes a difference to the students. When a student suddenly clarifies a concept that they have been struggling with, they become interested and invested in their class in a new way. It is rewarding to be a part of that process.                                          -- Katie Manduca

Tutoring ... gave me new perspective on how other people see topics that came to me more naturally... [The experience] enabled me to think about how to explain concepts and how to teach chemistry as a toolbox of techniques to solve diverse problems.                                                                       --Jake Wyse

Peer tutoring was a very rewarding experience especially when a student understood a concept that they were having trouble with. Peer tutoring not only helped the students with calculus but also helped me be more familiar not only with how to do calculus but also why it works.                  -- Melanie Dennis

Yes, [tutoring was rewarding] especially for PHYS 155, where many of the students are not interested in math or science and took the course as an elective. They struggled with the math itself but once they understood and could grasp the concepts, it was very gratifying to see them get excited and passionate about the subject. -- Devin MacDonald

I found one-on-one tutoring very enjoyable because I was able to work with an individual student over a whole semester and became invested in her performance myself. The drop-in sessions were rewarding because they tested my knowledge of macroeconomic concepts in great depth; being able to teach a topic requires much better understanding than simply learning. -- Sam Dailey

If you are interested in working for CTLR as a STEM Peer Tutor, please contact Jeanne Albert (, the Director of STEM & Quantitative Support.

Training Schedule for STEM Tutors: Spring, 2019 

If you are a returning peer tutor, thanks so much for all your dedication in the past and your continued hard work. If you are a new peer tutor this semester, congratulations! We are so glad you've joined us.
All CTLR Peer Tutors receive training in effective practices for peer-to-peer learning, in addition to information about overall job expectations and responsibilities. The schedule for required training sessions and other meetings is given below. 

New tutors = STEM, Social Science, and Philosophy tutors hired for the first time this semester

Returning tutors = STEM, Social Science, and Philosophy tutors hired in spring 2018 or earlier but not in fall, 2018

NOTE: STEM, Social Science, and Philosophy tutors who worked in fall 2018 and attended all required training sessions do not need to attend any trainings this spring.

Thursday, February 14
Information and Organization Meeting
When/Where: 4:30 to 5:30 pm, CTLR Lounge (LIB 225)
Who: Required for all new and returning tutors 
What: Review of tutoring policies,
procedures, and responsibilities of tutors.
Wednesday, February 20
Training Session #1

When/Where: 4:30 to 6 pm, CTLR Lounge (LIB 225)

Who: Required for all new and returning tutors
What: Effective tutoring practices.

Wednesday, February 27
Training Session #2
When/Where: 4:30 to 6 pm, CTLR Lounge (LIB 225)
Who: Required for all new tutors
What: Effective tutoring practices, continued.

Date TBA
Make-up Training Session 

When/Where: 4:30 to 6 pm, Location TBA

Who:  Optional. For new and returnining tutors who have
*unavoidable* scheduling conflicts with a previous training session.
What: TBA
Additional information about peer tutoring
All meetings and training sessions (whether required or optional) are paid. Pay rates and schedules will be discussed at the Organization meetings. 
• If you have an unavoidable conflict with any of the meeting or training times, please contact Jeanne Albert immediately.
• If you haven't already done so, please ask a professor from your discipline who knows your work to send a brief note (via email) to Jeanne Albert that confirms your content knowledge. 
• Further information about the Peer Tutoring Program is in the Welcome and Orientation Handout (also provided during training.) 

Logs

Note: Procedures for using the sign-in logs are discussed during training. You may review the information in the Essential Job Expectations and Responsibilities handout (also provided during training.)

Here are links to 1-1 tutoring student sign-in logs and forms for peer tutors. Use for all disciplines.

1-1 tutoring student sign-in log •••••• 1-1 Peer Tutor form


Here are links to drop-in tutoring student sign-in logs and forms for Peer Tutors.

biology student sign-in log ••••••••••• biology Peer Tutor form

chemistry student sign-in log ••••••••  chemistry Peer Tutor form

economics student sign-in log ••••••••  economics Peer Tutor form

environmental studies sign-in log ••••••• environmental studies Peer Tutor form

linguistics sign-in log •••••••• linguistics Peer Tutor form

math student sign-in log •••••••••  math Peer Tutor form

neuroscience student sign-in log •••••••••• neuroscience Peer Tutor form

philosophy student sign-in log •••••••••  philosophy Peer Tutor form