Frequently Asked Questions

For students who have enrolled as a peer tutor

  • Do I have to submit a faculty recommendation?
    If this is the first time that you have enrolled to tutor this specific course, then yes – you need to submit a faculty recommendation. If you have tutored this course in the past, or are currently the TA for the course, then you do not need to submit a recommendation.
  • What should I do if the faculty member with whom I took the course is no longer at Wesleyan?
    If you wish to tutor a class and the faculty member is no longer at Wesleyan, and so unable to provide a recommendation, please contact the Deans' Peer Tutoring Program. In some cases, we are able to get a recommendation from the department. We are happy to work with you to determine if there is a way that we can secure a recommendation for you if you are a qualified tutor.
  • How does payroll work?

    Before beginning tutoring, you need to register with the payroll system and set up direct deposit. All of the paperwork is available through the Payroll Office in Human Resources, 212 College Street.

    In order to be paid, you must complete both the Tutoring Session Notes and the Time Card Form for each meeting. Notes and time cards must be completed in the week during which the meeting occurred. Post-dating notes and time cards may result in non-payment for the meeting. Further information about completing notes and time cards is available through the Deans' Peer Tutoring Moodle page.

  • What should I do if my tutee has dropped the course?
    Please let us know as soon as you are aware that the student with whom you have been assigned is no longer registered for the course. We will often be able to rematch you with another student who has requested a tutor.
  • What should I do if I want to change the number of hours I am available to tutor, or wish to tutor for another course?

    If you would like to tutor an additional course in the current semester, please complete another enrollment form. Tutors can enroll to tutor multiple courses in a semester. The number of hours available indicated on the enrollment form is for ALL possible matches for any course for which you have enrolled as a tutor. If you are available to tutor more hours for a course than you initially indicated on the enrollment form, email and indicate how many hours you are available to tutor in a week for all possible matches.

    If you are meeting with a student, and feel they would benefit from an additional hour of tutoring in a specific week (for example, before an exam), you can email the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program a request for approval to tutor an additional hour for that student in that week. Tutors are approved to work for up to 2 hours per week per tutoring match, and will only be paid for an additional hour when the request has been approved in writing in advance.

    If you feel unable to continue tutoring in a course, or have over-estimated the amount of time you can commit to tutoring and need to reduce the number of students you are matched with, immediately contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program. It is better to let us know that you do not wish to have any additional matches before another match is made. If you request to reduce the number of students you are matched with, it may take 1-2 weeks, after notification, for us to make adjustments. Please do not stop meeting with a student without notifying the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program.