GUIDELINES FOR REQUESTING A PEER TUTOR

The first person you should see if you're having difficulties in a course is your course instructor. Faculty members are available to meet with students during weekly office hours. In addition, TA sessions are linked with many courses and serve as a valuable opportunity for students to have their questions answered.

Peer tutoring, which focuses on course content, should be used to supplement other means of support such as TA sessions, faculty office hours, the Writing and Math Workshops, and STEM Zone. Additionally, students needing general support with studying, organization, or test taking, can contact Student Academic Resources, or request to meet with a peer advisor. If you still need more intensive, individualized tutoring, you may request an individual tutor.

Do not wait until the last minute to seek help on an upcoming test or assignment. While tutoring matches are made as quickly as possible beginning after drop/add, they typically take a week or more depending on tutor availability.

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION PRIOR TO REQUESTING A TUTOR

  • Expectations for students working with a tutor
    • Tutoring is a supplement to other class resources; it is not a substitute for attending class, TA sessions, or the professor’s office hours
    • Tutors do not do your homework
      • Tutors help you understand the concepts behind problems, and/or the process of solving problems
      • Peer tutors may not assist you with work on take-home exams or problem sets
    • As a result of meeting with a tutor, you should expect to:
      • Work hard
      • Improve your skills and understanding of class material
      • Increase your comfort level with course material
    • As a result of meeting with a tutor, you should not expect:
      • A sudden improvement in your GPA
      • An answer to everything in the class
      • A homework solving session – come prepared with specific questions!
    • If you are experiencing problems that your tutor is unable to address, please contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program
  • Requirements for requesting a peer tutor
    • Discuss your request for a tutor with your course instructor in order to clarify which specific areas you need help with, and how a tutor can be most helpful
    • Complete the Tutor Request Form
    • Wait for a match email with tutor information
    • Access additional resources


    For more information, read through the Frequently Asked Questions for students who requested a tutor.

  • Additional resources available while waiting for a match email
  • What to do after receiving a match email
    • Once a match is made, it is the student's responsibility to contact the tutor, and it is expected that the student will maintain communication with the tutor
      • Email the tutor right away to set up the first meeting; ideally meeting within 2-3 days after receiving the match email
      • If you are unable to coordinate your schedule with the tutor’s, notify the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program immediately so you can be rematched
    • Students are approved for up to 2 hours per week per tutoring match; In rare instances, the tutor can send an email request to the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program, asking for advance written approval to tutor an additional hour in a specific week
    • You, and the tutor, will receive a survey by email approximately three weeks after receiving a match
      • The information from the survey is valuable for improving tutor trainings and tutor matches
      • Results are not shared with your tutors
      • You do not need to wait for the survey if there is a question or issue with your match; please contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program anytime for assistance
  • Expectations for tutoring sessions
    • At the first meeting:
      • Identify for your tutor what you want to get out of the meetings; make sure you agree on the goals for the tutoring sessions
      • Define the general meeting schedule (days, times, locations)
      • Clarify the best contact information for both of you
    • At each meeting:
      • Come prepared with specific questions for the tutor to address
      • Bring all relevant materials (such as books, syllabus, notes, etc.)
      • Be on time for every session; if you must cancel a session, give as much advance notice as possible (preferably 24 hours)
      • Set clear goals at the beginning of each session
      • At the end of each session, review what you learned, clarify your next steps and study goals, and schedule the next meeting
    • Tutors and tutees must maintain academic integrity
      • Tutors will not solve homework problems directly; they will focus on course concepts and problem solving methods
      • Peer tutors may not assist with problems on take-home exams or problem sets
      • Ask your instructor how to indicate your work with a tutor
      • Improper assistance is a violation of the Honor Code; for more information on the Honor Code, refer to the Student Handbook or speak with your class dean