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Spring peer tutoring information

By

Heather Carroll

January 12, 2021

This spring, the Office of Peer Tutoring will support over 80 courses with a student staff of over 50 peer educators (academic coaches, tutors, and supplemental instruction leaders). Courses were selected based on past student success rates, a history of tutor usage, and student requests.

If a course you teach is not currently supported, students can request support by sending an email to tutoring@carthage.edu any time during the semester.

Faculty are encouraged to use the Student Outreach System (SOS) to notify both the Center for Student Success and the Office of Peer Tutoring when they find a student is in need of academic support. 

View a list of supported courses and the assigned tutor or SI leader

We encourage faculty to frequently and consistently remind your students that peer tutoring is available to support their academic success. Please considering offering extra credit, deadline extensions, or other incentives for working with the Office of Peer Tutoring. When students are encouraged to seek support in this way, we are able to reach more reluctant students or those who otherwise would not use our services, and it gives us an opportunity to demonstrate how we can help them be successful at Carthage. If incentives are offered to all students (not just those struggling), we send a strong message that academic support is an important part of the college experience.

Blurbs for syllabus

Please select the most appropriate blurb for your class and modify it as necessary.

  • Tutoring and/or academic coaching is available to assist you with any aspect of the class, including understanding readings, preparing for quizzes, and studying for exams. These resources are not engineered especially for struggling students; they are for everyone to maximize your academic growth potential. Please take advantage of them. For information and to book an appointment, visit carthage.edu/tutoring.
  • We have a supplemental instruction (SI) leader for this class. The SI leader will hold review sessions outside of class time and is available to assist you with any aspect of the class, including understanding readings, preparing for quizzes, and studying for exams. This academic support resource is not engineered especially for struggling students; SI is for everyone to maximize your academic growth potential. Please take advantage of the sessions. For information and to book an appointment, visit carthage.edu/tutoring.

Support for students

Finally, we wanted to make sure all faculty are aware that tutoring, with limited exceptions, will continue to happen online this semester. This helps us be consistently accessible and offers the least amount of disruption for both tutors and students. The Office of Peer Tutoring is supporting students in the following ways:

Academic coaching

If your class is not supported by tutoring, you may consider suggesting that your students visit with an academic coach for support that is not course-specific. Academic coaches can help students read a syllabus, understand college-level assignment expectations, and even coach them on how to contact a professor with questions. All academic coaching appointments are one-on-one and can be booked on WCOnline.

DROP-IN SESSIONS

Drop-in sessions are an opportunity for students to drop in to a Zoom call and work with a tutor. Students may come at any time during the session and do not need to stay for the full time. There may also be other students dropping in at the same time. Those students may be working on the same or different work, so it is important that students are prepared to wait to work with the tutor if needed. Tutors will do their best to help everyone in a timely manner. SI leaders’ office hours are similar to drop-in sessions.

ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS

One-on-one sessions are by appointment only and are a chance for students to work individually with a tutor for 30 minutes.

TUTOR-LED GROUP REVIEW SESSIONS

Tutors often hold review sessions before exams. They are generally not pre-planned but are guided by the concerns and questions of students in attendance. Students are encouraged to attend for the full duration of the review session. Students who regularly attend drop-in or one-on-one tutoring get the most benefit from pre-exam review sessions.

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION REVIEW SESSIONS

SI leaders hold weekly review sessions (or multiple review sessions each week). They are pre-planned with the course instructor and designed to support collaboration between students attending. These review sessions are the primary way SI leaders support students, and students are encouraged to attend regularly and for the full duration of the review session. Students do not have to have specific questions or be confused in order to benefit from the extra practice with challenging material and engage with classmates.

Note: For this semester only, Organic Chemistry and Intro to Psychological Sciences have SI leaders.

SPONSORING DEPARTMENT, OFFICE, OR ORGANIZATION:

Office of Peer Tutoring

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Heather Carroll, hcarroll@carthage.edu