Tutorial Support Services (TSS), a component of the Center for Academic Development, provides free peer and faculty tutoring for all RWU students. TSS is located on the 2nd floor of the Library. Students can walk in and see a peer tutor; it is advisable for students to make an appointment to see a faculty tutor. TSS consists of the following tutoring centers:
Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 3 pm
Sunday 2 pm – 8 pm
What will the tutors help me with when I go for tutoring?
We’ll use the Writing Center as an example to answer this question. The writing tutors are trained to help students become better writers. Tutors will help students with proofreading and editing strategies, but students must proofread and edit their own papers. Students can come in for help at any point during the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, overcoming writer’s block, revising and/or formatting. The tutor will ask the student non-directive questions and engage in conversation about the paper. Tutors will help with grammar as it appears in the context of the paper; so, if the tutor notices, for example, that the student has used “you” as a pronoun, the tutors will talk about the effect of that pronoun choice in a formal paper. This philosophy of engaging the student in a conversation about the content is consistent in the math and science tutoring centers, as well.
How are the peer tutors selected and trained?
The peer tutors are students who have excelled in the subject(s) for which they tutor. Most often, an instructor makes a recommendation to one of the Tutoring Coordinators for the Math, Writing, and Science Centers. Some students who did exceptionally well in a class and have a desire to help other students will take the initiative to come in to the CAD and ask if they could be considered for a tutoring position. Finally, the Tutoring Coordinators hire some freshmen who demonstrated superior strength in math or writing during their high school years.
The tutors receive extensive training both in the content area for which they tutor and in the fundamentals of tutoring. While much of the training is managed by the Tutoring Coordinators, many of the veteran tutors are also engaged in facilitating training.
Why do students go for tutoring?
Many studies have proven that students learn best through collaboration with their peers as well as with faculty. Thus, while students might work through a draft of a paper on their own, it is often invaluable to be able to test out an organizational strategy or the development of an idea on a real audience before submitting the paper. Likewise, if you are struggling with a particular math concept, you might find some relief from that frustration after working with a peer who is able to relate to what you find difficult. Often, because the peer tutors are students themselves, they have experienced similar situations, either in their own coursework or in tutoring sessions, and they have developed strategies for approaching a particular kind of math equation, a chemistry problem set, or an organizational dilemma in a paper.
What is most important to keep in mind about tutoring?