Peer Tutor Job Description and Ethics
A Peer Tutor is a student who is classified as a sophomore or above, maintains a GPA of 2.7 or higher and has excellent knowledge of his/her subject area as indicated by faculty recommendations. The best tutors are Moody students (sophomore to graduate-level) who have received a grade of "B+" or better in the course in which they wish to tutor. A good tutor must be able to teach other students how to study and review the course material and help them develop a long-range plan for the tutoring sessions based on the students learning style needs.
Peer Tutors report to Allen Hammond at the Student Resource Center, 3rd floor, Smith Hall.
Why Peer Tutoring?
To review and clarify classroom discussion, to increase the probability of a student's success in passing and doing well in an academic subject, to individualize the learning process for the student and to increase the student's self-confidence and motivation.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Contact and set up a tutoring session with students.
- Notify the Student Resource Center of students who discontinue tutoring or of any other relevant changes or problems.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of Peer Tutoring sessions.
- By the designated dates, turn in to the Student Development Center completed record sheets and timecards.
- Attend all tutor meetings and training sessions.
- If a scheduling conflict occurs, it is your responsibility to notify the Student Resource Center.
If you are scheduled to tutor at a particular time and place, you must be there. You must provide the student with 24 hours' notice if you are not able to meet at the scheduled time. Students must give you 24 hours' notice if she/he must cancel a session.
Tutoring sessions must take place in appropriate settings such as the library, Commons, residence hall lounges or other places that are not isolated. Do not tutor in private settings such as your room or the student's room. Peer Tutors cannot enter into a tutoring relationship with a roommate or close friend.
Maintain professional behavior at all times. Speak positively about the student's class and professor. Negative comments discourage the student, demean the tutoring program, and may jeopardize your reputation, as well as the professors. All information regarding the students you tutor is confidential.
Be sensitive to the existence of emotional or psychological problems that may be affecting the performance of the student. However, it is not the tutor's role to handle these problems. Bring them to the attention of the Student Resource Center.