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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, 2020

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 peer tutors, hired in fall, 2019, or earlier

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Information and Organization Meeting
This session will provide an overview of the STEM Peer Tutoring Program at CTLR, including tutoring policies and procedures, ongoing responsibilites of tutors, and administrative practices. We will also start exploring some peer-to-peer learning basics.
When/Where: 4:30 to 5:45 pm, MBH 438
Who: Required for all new tutors and returning tutors who did not complete training in fall, 2019
Monday, February 17, 2020
Training Workshop #1: Effective Peer-to-Peer Learning Practices

Facilitated by Jeanne Albert, Director of STEM & Quantitative Support 

This session will focus on problem-solving strategies that are common to all STEM disciplines. Through hands-on activities and discussion, participants will gain insight about their own strengths and challenges and will explore how to use these insights to be more effective peer-to-peer educators.

When/Where: 4:30 to 5:45 pm, MBH 438
Who: Required for all new tutors; optional for returning tutors who would like a refresher

Monday, February 24, 2020
Training Workshop #2: Culturally Informed Peer-to-Peer Learning

Facilitated by Renee Wells, Director of Education for Equity and Inclusion

This workshop will provide an opportunity for STEM peer educators to increase their understanding of the dynamics and barriers that underrepresented students might be navigating and how those barriers can impact their academic success. In addition, this workshop will explore ways that peer educators can engage and support underrepresented students without unintentionally reinforcing those barriers.

When/Where: 4:30 to 5:45 pm, MBH 438
Who: Required of all new and returning tutors who did not complete training in fall, 2019

Thursday, March 5, 2020-- **WORKSHOP CANCELLED**
Training Workshop # 3: Metacognitive Practices and Effective Study Strategies

Facilitated by Jennifer Bates, Director of Learning Resources

Recent advances in the science of learning have identified that metacognition-- reflecting about your own learning in order to inform future learning practices-- is an important part of learning and studying that trandscends subject matter and skills. This session will explore how understanding the role of metacognition in learning can help participants be more effective peer educators.

When/Where: 4:30 to 5:45 pm, MBH 438
Who:  Required of all new and returning tutors who did not complete training in fall, 2019
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 Information and Organization meeting. 
• If you have an unavoidable conflict with any of the required 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