GUIDELINES FOR REQUESTING A PEER TUTOR

The first person you should see if you're having difficulties in a course is your course instructor. Faculty members are available to meet with students during weekly office hours. In addition, TA sessions are linked with many courses and serve as a valuable opportunity for students to have their questions answered. In order to foster student-professor communications, instructors will be notified when a student submits a request for a tutor in one of their courses, and will be asked to assist in mathing the student with the most appropriate tutoring resource.

Peer tutoring, which focuses on course content, should be used to supplement other means of support such as faculty office hours and TA sessions. Students needing general support with studying, organization, or test taking, can contact Student Academic Resources, or request to meet with a peer advisor.

Do not wait until the last minute to seek help on an upcoming test or assignment. Tutoring matches are made as quickly as possible beginning after drop/add. Matches are sent out on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION PRIOR TO REQUESTING A TUTOR

  • Additional tutoring resources available at Wes
  • What to do if you think you need a tutor

    If you believe you need a tutor:

    1. Go to your faculty's office hours first! Your faculty member is the best person to ask questions to about the course material.
    2. If there is a TA for the course, ask them for help also. Attend the TA sessions, and ask the TA questions about the course material.
    3. If you need additional support, ask your faculty member to brainstorm with you which resources on campus may be the best suited to help you.
    4. Request a tutor to be matched with the appropriate tutoring resource. Your faculty will be notified of your request in order to help identify the most appropriate tutoring resource.
  • Expectations for students working with a tutor
    • Tutoring is a supplement to other class resources; it is not a substitute for attending class, TA sessions, or the professor’s office hours
    • Tutors do not do students' homework
      • Tutors help students understand the concepts behind problems, and/or the process of solving problems
      • Peer tutors may not assist students with work on take-home exams or problem sets
    • As a result of meeting with a tutor, you should expect to:
      • Continue to work with professors, TAs, and other campus resources
      • Work hard
      • Improve your skills and understanding of class material
      • Increase your comfort level with course material
    • As a result of meeting with a tutor, you should not expect:
      • A sudden improvement in your GPA
      • An answer to everything in the class
      • A homework solving session – come prepared with specific questions!
    • If you are experiencing problems that your tutor is unable to address, please contact the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program
  • Requirements for requesting a peer tutor
    • Discuss your request for a tutor with your course instructor in order to clarify which specific areas you need help with, and how a tutor can be most helpful
    • Complete the Tutor Request Form
    • Wait for a match email with information on which tutoring resource is right for your needs
    • Access additional resources


    For more information, read through the Frequently Asked Questions for students who requested a tutor.

  • Expectations for tutoring sessions
    • Commit to attend all scheduled meetings:
      • Come prepared with specific questions for the tutor to address
      • Bring all relevant materials (such as books, syllabus, notes, etc.)
      • 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 learned, clarify your next steps and study goals, and confirm the next meeting
    • Tutors and tutees must maintain academic integrity
      • Tutors will not solve homework problems directly; they will focus on course concepts and problem solving methods
      • Peer tutors may not assist with problems on take-home exams or problem sets
      • Ask your instructor how to indicate your work 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