Peer Tutoring Program Description
Peer Tutors provide supplementary course-connected content instruction and support for students, with focus on introductory first-year and sophomore-year courses that create the greatest challenges for students. The overarching goal of peer tutoring at Connecticut College is to enable students to become independent learners. Tutors are employed by the College and are paid by the Academic Resource Center (ARC). The ARC provides tutoring to Connecticut College students at no additional cost.
The ARC offers individual and group tutoring options in order to support all of our students in the best possible way.
Peer tutoring groups are offered weekly in many subject areas. Please review the Peer Tutoring schedule or visit the ARC for a schedule.
When peer tutoring is not available or individual tutoring is needed, request must be made to and approved by the tutoring coordinator.
Individual tutoring is offered in a variety of courses, based on student need and tutor availability.
Students requesting tutoring are self-identified, or are referred to the program by professors, departments, programs, centers, the ARC, their adviser, or their class dean. Generally, students will be recommended to attend group tutoring if group sessions are offered for that class. After attending a group tutoring session, a tutor may refer a student for individual tutoring.
Assignment of individual tutors is done via the ARC and is based on availability and need. If other resources, such as group tutoring, are available, the ARC may refer the student to these resources before assigning an individual tutor for the course.
At times, faculty members will require the student to visit office hours and TA sessions prior to approving tutoring for the class. As such, students should consult with the faculty member prior to requesting tutoring resources.
To request an individual tutor, please complete the Tutor Request Form.
Once the ARC reviews this request, the ARC will assign students accordingly.
- Tutors focus on the concepts behind a problem, or the process of solving a problem.
- Having a tutor is a supplement to other class resources. Students must attend class, TA sessions, and/or the professor’s office hours, in addition to course tutoring.
- As a result of meeting with a tutor, students should expect to work hard, improve their skills and understanding of class material, and their comfort level with class material.
If you would like more information on peer tutoring, please contact the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at ARC@conncoll.edu, or 860-439-2412.