Tutoring

To Rollins students thinking about meeting with a tutor:

As content tutors who have been nominated by our professors, we know the courses we tutor and the professors who teach them. We can help you practice problem-solving, clarify the assignments you’re working on, and develop with you more effective ways to learn from your course materials. Bring everything to the session!

See who's on staff (Meet the Staff in this website). Click on Make an Appointment to enter WCOnline, our appointment scheduler. In the tutoring schedule, click on your course in the drop-down list. Then see who's tutoring and when. Don't see days/times that fit your schedule? No problem! Just email a consultant directly to request an off-schedule session; many of our tutors can meet at times more convenient to you. 

Quotes from students about sessions with content Tutors:

"It was very helpful, especially because it was easier talking and asking questions to a peer on a one-on-one basis.”

"It was very helpful discussing the basics of my chemistry class and applying it to balancing equations (problems that will appear on the test.)”

"I have improved so much already. He makes you feel like you can do it.  He helps me understand core concepts so I do well.”

"I feel like my thoughts throughout my paper are more clear and on the right track now."

Interested in becoming a tutor? Read on!

How does it work?

The Peer Tutoring Program hires and trains faculty-nominated peer (content) Tutors to help students improve their learning in specific courses, usually within the Tutors’ majors, for courses they have taken and with professors they know.  As peer content-specialists, Tutors give feedback on students’ understanding of course concepts and application in various contexts. Tutors work with students’ course materials and notes during the session. Students practice using their texts more effectively, as well as a variety of writing-to-learn activities helpful at several stages of the learning process: before class, from readings; after class, consolidating information from readings and class notes; and at later stages, before tests and papers, summarizing information in meaningful categories.  Thus, Tutors both model and monitor students’ strategic use of reading, learning, and problem-solving techniques. Tutors document the sessions for both clients and faculty members in session notes.

What will I learn from working as a tutor?

Content Tutors enter into new roles with students, faculty, and professional staff as they collaborate on the academic demands of courses in their major   Their professors no longer see them as just good students, but also as peer educators who also think deeply about the learning process and the good communication necessary to nurture it.  In their own growth, tutors enrich their own learning outcomes in class everyday and in entrance exams for graduate school and for their major, in departmental exit exams.  They are even more appealing to graduate programs with official tutor training and experience, prized by universities looking for talented graduate teaching assistants.  Tutors are paid for their efforts with students, though for students, the sessions are free of charge.

What's required of me as a tutor?

  1. Participate in about ten hours of face-to-face crash training spread over the first few weeks, mostly on Wednesday evenings, in the first semester you tutor.  This is a one-credit course, TPJ 106.
  2. After crash training, attend semi-monthly staff meetings on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30.  For this one-credit course, TPJ 111, you must keep in contact with professors whose courses you tutor and follow their course syllabi carefully. You might share some of these responsibilities with other tutors in your department.
  3. Offer six hours a week for possible appointments throughout the semester. Time spent with clients is paid.

How do I Apply?

If you are interested in working with students in this way, fill out this online application. Tutor Application

Your application will automatically be sent to Susie Robertshaw, Coordinator of Tutoring and Writing (srobertshaw@rollins.edu). She will review it and will be in contact with you; you can also contact her in room 209 on the main floor of Olin Library, in the Lakeview Lounge area.