The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research coordinates tutoring support for a wide range of introductory STEM and other quantitative-intensive courses.
Peer Tutoring is available either through course-based tutors or individually scheduled sessions by request. Course-based tutors lead study sessions and schedule individual appointments. At individual sessions, students meet with a peer tutor either for a single session or for regular (e.g. weekly) assistance during the semester. At all sessions there is a trained peer tutor who can:
- Assist students in forming study groups
- Provide review of concepts presented in class or in readings
- Consult with students as they work on homework and other assignments
- Help students study for exams
Connecting with a Tutor
If you are interested in working with a tutor, talk with your professor to see if a tutor was assigned to your course and get their contact information. If there is no tutor specifically for your class, submit a tutor request.
In either case, your professor may establish specific policies and/or procedures for meeting with a peer tutor—be sure to ask her/him if you have questions.
Working with a Tutor
One thing tutors do not do is check if homework is correct. Tutors work on concepts, principles, research strategies and problem solving techniques. They can help you work through examples, for particular steps in a method or process but don’t have answers for specific assignments.
If your class has a course-based tutor, try to attend their study sessions as often as possible or schedule an appointment. Be as specific as you can what issue you would like to work on in the session. Is it a certain concept, aspect of the course, or problem type? The more information you can provide the tutor prior to the appointment, the better prepared they can be to assist you. Even if the session moves in a different direction it will be more productive.