GUIDELINES FOR ENROLLING AS A PEER TUTOR

Here at Wesleyan, we have a team of more than 200 student tutors who mentor their peers in a variety of subjects. The Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program is continuously seeking new tutors who are passionate about a specific class or subject area and enjoy helping other students.

Wesleyan peer tutors are dependable, organized, and professional students, who are expected to be friendly, patient, and respectful to others, and maintain the confidentiality of tutees. Peer tutors are asked to participate in online trainings and resources, and must be understanding and adaptable to different learning styles.

If you have a clear desire to assist other students, and are looking for a job where you can share your knowledge and connect with your peers, then you may be a great fit for the peer tutoring team. Considering joining the ranks of Wesleyan's peer tutors!

If you have worked as a tutor previously, and you wish to tutor again, you must indicate your desire to continue tutoring by completing the Enrollment Form for each class you wish to tutor in the current semester.

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION PRIOR TO ENROLLING AS A PEER TUTOR

  • Expectations for peer tutors
    • Tutors will maintain the confidentiality of tutees
    • Tutors are only paid for matches made by the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program; tutoring is provided one-on-one, or in small groups, for students who have completed a request for a tutor
    • Do not make up an answer if you do not know it; when in doubt, model effective problem solving skills for the student
      • See if you can help the student find the answer using the course materials
      • Assist the student in formulating a question (in writing) to bring to the instructor
    • Tutors do not do homework with students
      • Tutors help students understand the concepts behind problems, and/or the process of solving problems, they do not solve problems directly
      • Peer tutors may not assist students with work on take-home exams or problem sets
    • If you are working with a student who is experiencing problems that you are unable to address, please contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program
  • Requirements for enrolling as a peer tutor
    • Willing to tutor up to 2 hours per week for each tutoring match requested
    • Earned an A- or better in the course (or demonstrated equivalent)
    • Receive a faculty recommendation for tutoring the course (only required once per each course)
    • Complete an Enrollment Form every semester for each course for which you wish to be a tutor
    • Meet with the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program during office hours prior to your first tutoring meeting
    • Have Direct Deposit set up through Wesleyan's Payroll office
      • For more information on how to set up direct deposit at Wesleyan, please contact the Payroll office (860-685-2670)


    For more information, read through the Frequently Asked Questions for students enrolled as a tutor.

  • What to do after enrolling as a peer tutor
    • You will receive a welcome email, and be added to the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program Moodle Page:
      • Review the “Orientation” information and watch the orientation videos
      • Familiarize yourself with the resources, and participate in the online trainings
      • Regularly check for updates and new posts with additional information and training opportunities
    • Wait for an email with match information
    • In-person training opportunities are available throughout the semester
      • Trainings are a great way to meet other tutors, and include snacks with a one-hour paid workshop
      • RSVP if you would like to attend
  • What to do after receiving a match email
    • Once a match is made, it is expected that the student reach out to the tutor, and the two maintain communication throughout the semester
      • Tutors can email the tutee to set up the first meeting if you have not heard from them within 48 hours
      • If you are unable to coordinate your schedule with the student’s, notify the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program immediately so both you and the student can be rematched
    • Tutors are approved to work for up to 2 hours per week per tutoring match
      • In rare instances, you, the tutor, can send an email request to the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program, asking for approval to tutor an additional hour in a specific week
      • Tutors will only be paid for an additional hour when the request has been approved in writing in advance
    • You, and the student, 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 tutees
      • 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:
      • Ask the student what they want to get out of the meetings; make sure you agree on the goals for the tutoring sessions, and can meet their needs
      • Define the general meeting schedule (days, times, locations)
      • Clarify the best contact information for both of you
    • At each meeting:
      • 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 have covered, address the tutee’s next steps and specify study goals, and schedule the next meeting
    • After each meeting:
      • Timecards must be submitted after each meeting
      • Notes must be submitted for each session in order to be paid
      • The Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program Moodle Page has information on submitting your notes and time card
    • Tutors and tutees must maintain academic integrity
      • Tutors are not to solve homework problems directly; they should focus on course concepts and problem solving methods
      • Peer tutors may not assist with problems on take-home exams or problem sets
      • Discuss with the student if they have asked their instructor how to indicate that they worked 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
  • Important information for tutors
    • If your tutee seems to be experiencing problems which you feel is not covered by the kind of course content instruction you can provide, please contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program
    • If you or your tutee feel the arrangement is not working, either of you can contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program for reassignment at any time
    • Tutors are approved to work for up to 2 hours per week per tutoring match
      • In rare instances, you, the tutor, can send an email request to the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program, asking for approval to tutor an additional hour in a specific week
      • Tutors will only be paid for an additional hour when the request has been approved in writing in advance
    • Check the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program Moodle page often
      • Information is provided on tutoring, timecards, and the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program
      • Resources are available for you as a tutor
      • Additional training materials are available to assist you with tutoring sessions