Each year the Center for Academic Success employees around 200 peer tutors selected from accomplished students recommended by faculty. All tutors participate in ongoing training and assessment to serve their peers effectively.
The Center offers tutoring in the following areas:
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL tutoring is available to non-native speakers of English who want help with English language skills. The Center offers ESL writing tutoring and oral communication tutoring. Please mention that you are an ESL student when scheduling an appointment with a writing or oral communication tutor.
Writing tutors are assigned to Freshman Studies sections and are also available to help with writing for other classes--as well as for scholarship essays, job applications, etc. Tutors can assist at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to proofreading and are especially good at providing feedback on drafts of papers in progress. Writing tutors can also answer questions about organization, style, and proper citation of sources.
Oral communication tutors are trained to aid students with skills such as:
- Working on pronunciation, fluency, listening comprehension, and other skills with non-native speakers of English
- Learning how to prepare questions for class discussions
- Developing, practicing, and critiquing presentations
- Developing listening skills
- Reducing communication anxiety ("stage fright")
Tutors trained in quantitative reasoning are available for all 100-level and many upper-level classes that meet the quantitative reasoning (Q) general education requirement. Quantitative tutors assist students one-on-one and offer group study sessions geared to course assignments and exams. Drop-in tutoring sessions for students enrolled in any 100-level math course are available Sundays-Thursdays from 7-9pm in Briggs Hall 421.
Content tutors provide help for specific courses. They work one-on-one and in small groups to help students understand the course material by explaining and demonstrating concepts, providing guidance through exercises, answering questions, and clarifying ideas.