Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) peer tutors are selected from the most outstanding students at Lawrence University. Tutors are recommended by faculty in area(s) in which they tutor, and all tutors participate in ongoing training and assessment. Each year, approximately 200 Lawrence students are employed by the CTL as peer tutors.
We offer tutoring in the following areas:
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL tutoring is available to students who are non-native speakers of English seeking assistance with English language skills. The CTL offers ESL writing tutoring and oral communication tutoring.
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 the brainstorming stage through the final draft, in addition to answering questions about organization, style, proofreading, and appropriate documentation (citing sources).
A number of writing tutors have additional training to better assist non-native speakers of English. Please mention that you are an ESL student when requesting an appointment if you wish to work with one of these tutors.
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 topics including: using PowerPoint effectively, class discussion techniques, and intercultural communication.
Tutors trained in quantitative problem-solving skills are available for all 100-level and many upper-level classes meeting the quantitative skills GER. These tutors can help with general critical thinking skills and specific concepts. They can assist students one-on-one and also offer regular group study sessions geared to assignments and exams in many of the quantitative skills courses offered at Lawrence.
Additionally, quantitative tutors offer workshops at the beginning of each term in areas such as word problems, graphing, and algebra. In addition, "Q tutors" offer regular caluculus refresher sessions on integrals and derivatives for students enrolled in chemistry, physics, economics, or other courses which draw on these skills.
Content tutoring refers to assistance with the specific subject matter in a course. Content tutors work one-on-one and in small groups to help students understand the course material by explaining and demonstrating concepts, reviewing topics, providing guidance through exercises, answering questions, and clarifying ideas.
Request a Tutor
Please click here to request a CTL tutor. Your request will be processed during normal business hours, and a tutor should respond within 24 hours. If a tutor does not respond to your request within 24 hours, please contact the CTL via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 920-832-6767 (x6767).
Note: Tutor requests submitted from 5:00 pm Friday until 7:00 pm Sunday or during academic holidays will not be processed until the CTL reopens (Sunday evening or the day classes resume). Therefore, it is to your advantage to plan ahead and request a tutor in advance whenever possible.