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The Academic Resource Center offers peer tutoring and supplemental instruction (SI) services to all GSW students free of charge.  Peer tutors and SI Leaders are certified with the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC).

Students benefit most from seeking tutoring early in the semester and continuing to meet in regular sessions throughout the entire semester.

What is Peer Tutoring?

Peer TutoringPeer tutoring is the practice of giving individual, or in some cases, small group instruction with the purpose of helping students not only grasp the material, but become independent learners by learning study skills and developing good study habits.  Peer tutors are students who have successfully taken and passed the course with an A or B and exhibit a thorough understanding of the material.

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program which offers regularly scheduled review sessions in which students are given an opportunity to review notes, discuss readings, and prepare for examinations.

SI leaders are students who have taken and passed a targeted class with an A or B.  They have usually taken the class with the same professor or are recommended by the professor to facilitate SI sessions for the course. They know the course content and offer guidance through it.

Each SI leader will set up convenient weekly sessions. A student may attend as many sessions as desired.  Each one will be different because there will be new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal.

What is the Math Tutoring Center?

A Math Tutoring Center provides students an opportunity to receive walk-in tutoring for many math courses up to Calculus II.  The Math Tutoring Center is located in Room 120 of the Academic Resource Center. The hours for the Math Center are 2:00 pm-6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 11:00 am- 1:00 pm on Friday.

How do I get tutoring?

Get a TutorGetting a tutor is easy!  You simply visit the Academic Resource Center, complete a Tutor Request Form, and submit it to the Academic Resource Coordinator.

How do I prepare for a Tutoring or SI session?

Students should be prepared for a scheduled tutoring or SI session by bringing their course syllabus, textbook(s), class materials, calculators, and any other resources that may be necessary. Students should also come to a tutoring or SI session with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and commitment to attend regularly.

How do I become a tutor?

If you would you like an opportunity to make money while you attend college, become a Tutor!  The rewards will go beyond just getting a little extra cash in your pocket.  

You can enjoy:

  • Flexible schedule: you can work around classes or other obligations
  • Higher level of thinking: improve your own content knowledge
  • CRLA Certification:  Opportunity to complete training for certification with an international tutoring program
  • Higher pay: With training, you may receive higher than minimum wage
  • Work experience: Something to put on your resume and a reference for future employment or graduate school applications.

Requirements:

  • At least second semester freshman
  • Have made at least a B in the subject you wish to tutor
  • Two (2) academic references
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 
  • One or more of the above requirements may be waived due to an urgent need for a tutor in a particular subject.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Can I request one-on-one tutoring?

A.All students are encouraged to participate in SI sessions or small group tutoring sessions because of the proven success rate.  However, if a student is behind in a class and feels it necessary to meet with a peer tutor in one-on-one sessions to get caught up, measures will be taken to assure one-on-one tutoring sessions are arranged.

Q.Can I request a particular tutor?

A. You may request a particular tutor when you complete a Tutor Request form, but you are not guaranteed to be assigned that tutor.  You will be assigned the best available tutor for the subject in which you are requesting a tutor. 

Q.For how many courses at one time can I receive tutoring?

A.You can request a tutor for up to four courses at one time; however, it is recommended that you concentrate first on one to two courses in which you feel that a tutor is most needed. 

Q. How many hours per week will I meet with my tutor?

A. Your tutor may schedule one to two hours per week, usually one hour two days a week. In order to receive more than two hours per week tutoring, your tutor will need to provide justification and request permission from the Tutor Coordinator.

Q.Will I be required to attend every scheduled tutoring session?

A.Your tutor will commit to meet with you on a regular schedule set for the most convenient time according to your available schedule.  You will be required to attend every regularly scheduled tutoring session.

Q.What happens if I do not meet regularly with my assigned peer tutor?

A.  If you do not show up for a tutoring session without notice, it is called a NO SHOW.  If you call to cancel a meeting, it is called a CALL CANCEL.  Because tutors are paid for their time whether you show up or not, once your tutor has reported two (2) NO SHOWS, or two (2) CALL CANCELS, or a combination of one (1) NO SHOW and one (1) CALL CANCEL, you risk having all future tutoring sessions cancelled. 

Q. What happens if I am not satisfied with my assigned tutor?

A. At the end of your first session, you will be given an opportunity to complete a First Session Evaluation which will be turned into the Tutor Coordinator.  You may express your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your tutor through this form.  You may also contact the Academic Resource Coordinator through email or telephone to explain any problems you may have with your tutor and to request another tutor be assigned.

Q.What is the difference between supplemental instruction and group peer tutoring?

A.Supplemental instruction may involve many students at one time from the same class.  The SI Leader facilitates a group learning environment.  Group peer tutoring usually consists of five or less students in a group, with the tutor able to give more individual attention to the students if necessary.

Q.What courses are best for supplemental instruction?

A.Supplemental instruction is used mostly with History, Science, Political Science, Computer Science, Psychology,Sociology and Nursing courses.

Q.How will I know if supplemental instruction is offered for my class?

A. The SI leader will make an announcement in class and hand out information within the first few class meetings.

Q.Will I be required to complete a Tutor Request Form in order to attend SI sessions?

A. A Record of request is required to be on record for every student receiving any form of tutoring or supplemental instruction.  When you attend an SI session, your SI leader will provide a SI Request Form which should be completed and returned before you leave.

Q.Will I be required to attend every scheduled SI session?

A. You are not required to attend every scheduled SI session; however, you will reap the most rewards from the program if you make an effort to attend regularly.

 

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