Subject Tutoring
Peer subject tutors provide supplemental assistance with the content for specific classes. The types of help they offer is as
varied as the students who attend Drew–a Spanish tutor might help a student memorize how to conjugate the to be verb
while a chemistry tutor might help a student understand the relationship between two different compounds. All peer subject
tutors have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have received an A or A- in the classes for which they tutor.
The CAE offers both group and individual tutoring, depending upon tutor availability. While we try to provide individual
tutoring to all students who request it, in cases where student need is high but tutoring hours are limited, the CAE may set
up group tutoring sessions. While we strive to provide peer tutors for all courses, we cannot guarantee the availability of
tutors for every course.
When working with a peer subject tutor, please remember the following:
  • Tutors do NOT help with take-home tests (paper or online) or quizzes (paper or online).
  • Tutors will NOT give students their own work/notes to copy/turn in, or do homework for students.
  • Peer tutoring can ONLY be used as supplemental assistance to understand content ALREADY covered in class.
  • Tutors do NOT teach new materials a student missed from being absent in a class. For significant content-level assistance, students should talk to their professors.
  • Students must come to their tutoring sessions prepared. Tutors have the right to end the session if a student has not come fully prepared with books, notes, assignments, and goals. Each student is limited to 3 hours per week per subject.
  • After two “no shows,” (IE not coming to a scheduled session without prior cancellation notice) a student will lose scheduling rights and will need to meet with the Tutoring Coordinator for future sessions to be scheduled.
  • All tutoring sessions MUST be held in the Center for Academic Excellence, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) To ensure a safe learning environment for student and tutor, peer tutors hired through the CLA Office of Academic Services are prohibited from holding tutoring sessions in any other location (on or off-campus) or outside of these hours.
Students can make an appointment with a subject tutor by going to and selecting the class in which
they would like assistance from the drop down menu on the scheduling page.


Vivian A. Bull, President Emeritus
Vivian A. Bull, President Emeritus

CRLA Tutor Training at Drew University


Through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), certifies tutoring programs which offer in-depth professional development training for their peer and professional tutors.

Drew University’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is in the process of becoming a certified tutor training program through CRLA-ITTPC. With this, the CAE began CRLA certification training for tutors in Spring, 2014. The training expectations and program breadth will continue to grow moving forward until each tutor working at Drew University will be required to go through level one training to become certified (projected Fall 2015).

Tutors are certified through the Center for Academic Excellence and are designated as such based on three levels of full training:

  • ITTPC Certification Levels*:
  • Level One Certified Tutor
  • Level Two Advanced Certified Tutor
  • Level Three Master Certified Tutor

Each level requires that you complete the requirements of the previous level. An additional ten hours of training and 25 hours of experience are required at the new level.

The professional development workshops for Drew Tutors are held weekly throughout each semester.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Tutoring Do’s and Don’ts
  • Learning Theory
  • Assertiveness and Handling Difficult Students
  • Goal Planning
  • Communication Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Assessing/Changing Study Behaviors
  • Diversity and Special Needs
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Tutoring Target Populations
  • Structuring the Learning Experience
  • Using and Creating Tutoring Resources

*Note: CRLA certifies programs, not individual tutors. In other words, CRLA certifies that a particular tutor training program is qualified to issue CRLA certificates to individual tutors they train at their program’s certification approved levels and dates.