A major component of the ASPIRE Program is our peer tutoring program. Purpose is to help our participants develop into independent learners and improve their academic performance. Participating in an effective tutoring program can have a positive and statistically significant impact on students’ grades, credits, and, ultimately, their retention.
The ASPIRE Program provides tutoring in core curriculum courses as well as in some higher-level courses. All tutoring is free of charge and is conducted on an individual basis. Students may receive at least two tutoring sessions per week for each course; and we expect them to make it a weekly commitment. In particular we require all new participants to receive tutoring in appropriate courses during their first year. This “preemptive” peer tutoring ensures that new participants will receive proactive and focused academic support in that crucial first year. Tutoring sessions begin the second week of the semester and continue through to exam week.
At the end of each semester participants evaluate their tutors which is important in helping us identify areas that might need change or improvement!
Participants who wish to receive tutoring must submit a Tutoring Request form.
Our tutors are recruited through recommendations from faculty. They have taken and passed the courses they will be tutoring; additionally, they bring their knowledge of the professors and how they teach. Once selected and interviewed our tutors receive rigorous training. They must be knowledgeable about their area of study; but they also must demonstrate their ability to explain the subject material clearly and patiently. Tutors also receive ongoing supervision and training to increase/improve their skills. Throughout the semester the tutors meet with the Coordinator of Instruction on a regular basis regarding their tutees’ progress.
Many of our tutors are also participants in the ASPIRE Program; however, our tutoring positions are open to any enrolled student who has been recommended by a faculty member. Anyone interested in a tutoring position must apply to be a tutor.