What should I expect from a tutoring session?
The role of a tutor is to enable students to do their own work using the best learning approach possible. Tutoring sessions offer reinforcement or clarification of course content, demonstration, modeling, practice, and suggestions for learning the course material. Topics for improving study skills will be provided, and tutors will sit with you to review and discuss your work and answer questions.
What should I NOT expect from a session with a peer tutor?
The tutor will NOT do your work for you. You should NOT expect a tutor to cram with you the night before an exam, and meeting with a tutor will NOT guarantee you a high grade. A tutor should not replace your own hard work and preparation.
Do I have to pay for tutoring?
No. Tutoring is FREE to all Monmouth University students.
What do I do if I need a peer tutor?
If you need assistance with a specific course or with improving your study skills in general, Tutoring Services can help you. There are two ways to request a tutor:
1. Make an appointment with a peer tutor using Accudemia.
2. Complete the Tutor Request Form online or in the Center for Student Success. When submitted, the form will be sent directly to the Director of Tutoring Services. You will be e-mailed the tutor’s contact information, which will enable you to set up a mutually agreeable place and time for your first tutoring session.
Who are the peer tutors?
Peer tutors are typically currently-enrolled undergraduate students at Monmouth University and have an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher. They must have earned a “B” or better to tutor specific courses. Tutors are students who excel in their areas of expertise and are willing to promote and foster independent learning and thinking to enhance confidence in their tutees. Tutors are not expected to have the answers to all student questions. In this event, they will seek assistance in finding answers to the student’s questions and/or direct the student to an appropriate resource for the information.
Tutors will also maintain accurate records of all tutoring sessions.
How often can I meet with a peer tutor?
It is recommended that students meet with the tutor on a weekly basis for retention and review. However, students may meet with a tutor for just one or a few tutoring sessions; others contact the tutor as needed. We recommend that ample notice be given to the tutor to ensure that a mutual time can be scheduled and the necessary assistance is received.
How long will it take for me to get a peer tutor?
Students who make an appointment using Accudemia will be able to choose a convenient time and location to be tutored. For all other requests, a tutor can usually be assigned within 48-72 hours after completing the Tutor Request Form. Your first tutoring session can take place as quickly as you feel necessary. It is best to communicate your urgency to your assigned tutor. It should not be expected that help will be available the same day that a tutor is requested. We highly recommend that you request tutoring help at your first sign of trouble. During peak periods, such as midterms and finals, the time could be longer depending on tutor availability. You will be e-mailed the tutor’s information and should contact the tutor immediately, especially for high-demand courses, such as those in the sciences, business, and math. If scheduling conflicts occur, please contact the Director, and a new match will be attempted.
Can I have a tutor for more than one course?
Yes. Tutoring is offered in more than 100 undergraduate courses. It is the tutee’s responsibility to make the appointment online using Accudemia or fill out the Tutor Request Form for each course.
Where and when can I meet with my tutor?
Tutoring times and places are very flexible and must be decided between the tutor and tutee. It is recommended that tutoring take place in one of the four established Tutor Zones:
- Zone A: Center for Student Success (CSS)
- Zone B: Rebecca Stafford Student Center
- Zone C: Mullaney Hall, Room 136A (residential side of campus; Hesse Hall, Second Floor study room.
- Zone D: Monmouth University Library
I need more help with my study skills. What do I do?
Students may meet with the Director to set up an appointment with an Academic Coach. Academic Coaches are faculty members who have strong teaching backgrounds and provide assistance with study strategies, learning styles, and course content. They have Monday-to-Friday office hours in the CSS, but appointments are required.
Is peer tutoring available for graduate students?
Since a majority of peer tutors are undergraduates, and therefore have not taken graduate-level courses, it is recommended that graduate students who feel they need tutoring first speak to their professors. More often, the professor will be able to address the needs and concerns of the student and may be able to recommend a former student or current classmate to further assist the student seeking help. However, students may make an appointment with the Director regarding meeting with an Academic Coach, who may be able to assist them with study strategies.