Peer Tutoring FAQ

What is peer tutoring?

Peer tutoring is a productive approach for students to learn from each other, through individual or group instructional and study strategies. It is supplemental to the learning that takes place in the classroom and does not replace attending class or the instructor’s teaching methods and course goals. We strongly encourage you to always make use of faculty office hours for individualized instruction.

Who should I contact about questions regarding our college's Peer Tutoring program?

Please contact the Learning Support Center and Peer Tutoring Coordinator, Nicholas Mourning at , 517-629-0411, or Ferguson 112.

What subject areas/disciplines are covered under Peer Tutoring services?

Our Peer Tutoring program at Albion College provides support for most introductory and some upper-level courses in most majors and concentrations EXCEPT Writing (covered by the Writing Center) and Math, Economics, and Chemistry (covered by the Quantitative Studies Center)

What should I know about Peer Tutoring services before I make a request?

Peer tutoring services are helpful for all students, regardless of GPA, skill level, and class status. The most successful students are the ones who take advantage of opportunities available on campus. Remember that peer tutoring does not substitute for in-class instruction, attendance and participation, and faculty office hours.

Please allow up to 5 school days for your tutor request to be processed. Unfortunately, due to high demand and limited resources, we cannot guarantee that your tutor request can be completed for all subject areas or courses. We encourage you to make use of study tables, instructor office hours, and other campus/department resources.

Tutoring hours are capped at 4 hours per course per week. Tutoring sessions last approximately 60-90 minutes; sessions typically do not last longer than 90 minutes.

Two "no-shows" or failures to meet with your tutor will result in the cancellation of your tutor appointment. Please notify your peer tutor at least 24-48 hours in advance of a reschedule or cancellation.

Arriving late (20 minutes or more) will also count towards a "no-show."

How much does peer tutoring cost at Albion College?

All of the services offered through the Peer Tutoring program are free of charge to Albion College students, staff and faculty.

How do I get a peer tutor?

Please submit a request for peer tutoring.

I haven't heard from a peer tutor about my request and it's been a couple of days. What should I do? What's going on here?

If after receiving our Peer Tutor Introduction email between of your tutor request, you do not hear from a peer tutor in 4-5 days, please contact the Peer Tutoring Coordinator

What can students expect from the peer tutors?

Peer Tutors will be friendly and receptive to all student’s questions and needs. We recognize that diversity involves not only gender, sex, age, race, and ethnicity but also learning style and multiple intelligences. We will utilize a variety of strategies and methods to help you understand concepts, but we will not do the work for you, in any capacity. We are trained in a “model-practice-apply” instructional approach and metacognitive processes, which encourage and guide students in becoming a more autonomous learner. The peer tutor’s role is to help students learn for themselves. Most importantly, we will be professional, respectful, honest, and cooperative.

What do peer tutors expect from students?

Students should attend class and spend adequate time studying independently, without the tutor. If you cannot do the work on your own, you are not preparing yourself for exams. Students should make use of your instructor’s office hours as well as other supplemental study sessions offered for your class. Students should attend each tutoring session prepared with all necessary materials including notes, course texts, exams and quizzes, handouts, and agenda. Students should communicate with your peer tutor regarding appointment times; if you need to cancel or reschedule a tutoring session, please notify the tutor at least 24-48 hours in advance or understand that you may be dropped from the tutoring schedule.

How can I get a job working as a peer tutor?

Please complete the application. We will verify your references and contact you for an interview and information session.

What is the process for receiving and filling a peer tutor request?

When a request is received for your subject area, the PT Coordinator will notify you (via email) to determine if you can fulfill the request. Please respond in a timely manner—please check your email on a daily basis. If you accept the request, then the PT Coordinator will send out an introductory email to you, the student, and the instructor (for the course) with basic information and understanding about the request. The peer tutor should contact the instructor and attend office hours or arrange a meeting with the instructor to receive resources, materials, etc. which will assist in tutoring the student in this specific course. The peer tutor should then contact the student to arrange the first meeting time and location. Please email () me to let me know about the first meeting location, day, and time.

What should the Peer Tutor accomplish at the first meeting?

Review the expectations for peer tutoring

Establish the goals for peer tutoring: take a survey of the student’s strengths and weaknesses, priorities and goals for the weekly tutor sessions, etc.

Plan a weekly schedule (location, day(s), and time) and maintain this schedule

What are common problems or issues that occur during Peer Tutoring sessions and how do I resolve them?

Always report to the Peer Tutor Coordinator…

  • Attendance issues: no shows and tardies
  • Behavioral issues such as uncomfortable comments, lack of effort, unprepared, etc.
  • Anything that you believe warrants attention on my part. No matter what!

What are important pieces of information about payroll and using the time clock?

Please take the time to watch the video tutorial about the new Time Clock System. It will save you and me a great deal of problems. I want you to get paid on time!

Please always log in and log out your worked hours on the day that you work. This will make it easier for you, me, and Payroll to approve your time and have you paid at the check deadline.

Please do not submit your time sheets for approval until the designated date. Doing so before the end of the pay period prevents you from logging anymore hours of work for the remainder of the pay period.

Get into the habit of checking your time sheets every Sunday to be sure that your hours are correct for the previous week. If incorrect, make the appropriate adjustments and leave a specific comment about the change/adjustment.

At the end of the pay period, review your hours and submit your time sheet. I want you to want to get paid on time because you are putting a great deal of work with our support programs.

Important Contact Information

Learning Support Center: Peer Tutor Web Page

Nick Mourning, Coordinator
Learning Support Center and Peer Tutoring