If you love helping people learn and have a good understanding of the content in your course, you can become a Peer Tutor. There are many advantages to tutoring, including:
Peer Tutoring isn’t complicated! Tutoring sessions can be held right on campus at a time that is convenient for you and the other student. During tutoring sessions, you will answer questions, explain material, or demonstrate how to solve problems. You can also share your ideas about how you study or prepare for tests.
If you become a Peer Tutor, you will receive orientation information, as well as tips and training that help you develop your skills in working with another student.
Below are the required steps to become a Peer Tutor:
Step 1: Complete the online Peer Tutor Application Form.
Step 2: Please forward the Instructor Recommendation Form link to your instructor(s) to be completed and submitted on your behalf for each course you wish to tutor, found here.
Step 3: You will be invited to complete the Peer Tutor Training course on LEARN.
Step 4: After completing the LEARN peer tutor training course, you will be invited to a final WebEx onboarding meeting. After the onboarding meeting, you may start tutoring.
Adapted from Iowa State University’s Academic Success Centre
Peer Tutoring is funded in part through the RRC Student’s Association.
What does a tutor do?
At the most basic level, tutors use content knowledge and familiarity with course materials to help peers better understand and apply course content. Additionally, tutors use advanced communication skills to clearly explain and assist in the development of a tutee’s (the student you tutor) learning.
You teach, tutor, educate, whatever word you choose, you are helping the student to improve their knowledge, understanding and skills. The ultimate goal is to create the result of improved grades. While that is the result, it is not the objective in the tutoring session.
What is the goal, or objective, of a Tutor?
Understanding. You want the student to understand, have the light bulb go off, or have that “Ah-ha!” moment where the tutee finally grasps the concept. Keep in mind that instructors teach the material, and the tutor’s role is complementary to that. You are supplementing what a student has already learned, by clarifying and filling in missing knowledge.
What should I be helping the student (tutee) with?
Practice work, concepts, assigned questions, anything not worth marks is exactly the thing you should be helping with.
What if a student shows up with a question I don’t know?
This happens. There are 2 parts to this answer.
Take a look at the textbook and provided materials, and let the student know that though you are familiar with the concept, you need a moment to see if you can work through the issue. Then, if you can’t seem to get what you need, simply tell your tutee. Teachers and instructors do this all the time. Tell your tutee that you don’t know, but that you’ll get back to them.
You can also of course tell them to check with their instructor!
Tutees are often very understanding, knowing that you are a student just like them, and that you do not have all the answers.