To request a peer tutor, please stop by at the front desk in the Center for Academic Excellence and fill out a tutor request form.
Peer Tutoring Parameters:
- Both group tutoring and individual tutoring is provided, depending upon tutor availability. While we try our very best to provide individual tutoring to the fullest extent possible, in cases where student need is of high volume and tutors are limited in number, the office will set up group tutoring if possible. The OAS does not guarantee individual tutoring sessions for every request.
- Tutors do NOT help with take-home tests (paper or online) or quizzes (paper or online). Tutors will NOT give students work/notes to copy/turn in, or do homework for students. Tutors will NOT write papers 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, please talk to your professor.
- Students must be prepared for their tutoring session. Tutors have the right to end the session if a student has not come fully prepared with books, notes, assignments, and lesson goals.
- Each student is limited to 2 hours per week per subject, except where academic accommodations have been provided through the Office of Accessibility Resources.
- After two “no shows,” (i.e. not coming to a scheduled session without prior cancellation notice) a student will lose scheduling rights, and will need to meet with the Assistant Director for future sessions to be scheduled.
- The CLA Office of Academic Services strives to provide peer tutors for all courses. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of tutors for every course.
All tutoring sessions MUST be held in the Center for Academic Excellence, and between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Friday’s 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 required to not hold tutoring sessions in any other location on or off-campus or outside of these hours.
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.