Each year the Center for Academic Success employees nearly 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. They can assist with everything 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:
- Learning how to prepare questions for class discussions
- Developing, practicing, and critiquing presentations
- Developing listening skills
- Reducing communication anxiety ("stage fright")
- Working on pronunciation and fluency with ESL students
Communication tutors also offer workshops on class discussion techniques, using PowerPoint effectively in presentations, and aspects of intercultural communication.
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. They offer workshops at the beginning of each term in areas such as word problems, graphing, and algebra, and they help students develop skills in critical thinking as well as problem solving. Quantitative tutors also offer regular calculus refresher sessions on integrals and derivatives for students enrolled in chemistry, physics, economics, or other courses that draw on these skills.
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.