Peer Tutoring & Study Groups
The value of Emmanuel's tutor program lies in its reputation on campus as "a light in a temporary blackout." Whether a student needs short-term or long-term tutoring, a study partner or a study group, our goal is to accommodate each individual request.
Peer tutors are:
- recommended by professors as students with outstanding academic credentials and effective interpersonal skills;
- trained and supervised by the ARC professional staff;
- available through application in the ARC;
- available for weekly appointments in many courses;
- must be given 24 hours notice for appointments;
- listed on schedules posted outside ARC room 06 for students to sign up in person during regular library hours, or via Accutrak anytime.
Study groups are:
- coordinated with professors, tutors and the ARC staff, and
- scheduled to provide timely and effective study opportunities prior to tests and exams.
How do I prepare for a tutoring or group study appointment?
A tutoring appointment will provide more learning opportunities for you if you arrive prepared. Tutors will do their best to explain the material that confuses you, but the more prepared you are to ask questions, the better the tutor will be able to address them.
Keep the following points in mind when preparing for your tutoring appointment:
- Attend class. Students who are not regularly attending class are not eligible to receive tutoring. The tutoring sessions are to enhance the information you receive through attending class, not to replace it.
- Read the material. It is not the tutor's responsibility to lecture to you on material you have not read, but rather to help you gain an understanding of the material that you have read.
- Try to work assigned problems prior to the session. You will learn to solve problems more quickly if you have tried to work them out before the tutoring session. This allows you the opportunity to ask questions about mistakes you may have made.
- Bring notes and handouts from class, as well as your books, to the tutoring appointment. A variety of material means a variety of avenues to explore to better understand the material.
- Tutors do not do your homework. Tutors will work sample problems, review problems that you have worked, solve problems with you, discuss notes and lecture material, help formulate ideas for papers and assignments and review for exams, but they will not do your homework for you.
- Be prompt for your tutoring appointment and expect the same from your tutor.
- Be courteous during your tutoring appointment and expect the same from your tutor.
- Work in an environment that is comfortable for both you and the tutor. Use the ARC rooms if at all possible. If these locations do not work, be sure that the location for the session is approved by the Assistant Director, Ginny Mullin.
If you are not able to attend a scheduled tutoring session, please contact the Academic Resource Center 24 hours prior to the appointment, whenever possible.