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Faculty Information: Subject Area Tutoring

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WHO ARE THE SUBJECT AREA TUTORS?

Subject-Area Tutors are paid students who have obtained a written recommendation from a UVM faculty member for each course they wish to tutor.  They have attended a tutor orientation training session and have opportunities to improve their skills at other training sessions offered throughout the semester.

WHAT DOES A SUBJECT-AREA TUTOR DO?

A tutor meets with students in groups or one-on-one (if group is not available). A tutor will answer questions, clarify content, and suggest ways to approach learning the material. A tutor will not lecture, do a student's homework, or check answers/correct work that will be graded. Tutoring sessions are not a substitute for missed classes. Instead, students who have missed a class are encouraged to see their instructor. Tutors strive to prevent students from becoming dependent upon them, but rather work to help students become independent learners.

WAYS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO UTILIZE A LEARNING CO-OP TUTOR

  • If you teach a course for which tutoring is available (see courses we tutor), include that information in your course syllabus. Here's a sample passage you may use:
    • The Learning Cooperative in Living & Learning Commons Room 244 has peer tutors available for this course. Tutoring is FREE for all students and appointments can be arranged at a wide variety of days and times, even after hours and on weekends. 
  • Unsure if there is or will be tutoring available for your course? Click here to see a list of courses for which we offer tutoring, or call the Learning Co-op (802-656-4075), or contact Patience Whitworth, Learning Co-op Program Manager at 802-656-7964, .
  • When interacting with your students, mention that free tutoring is available through the Learning Co-op in several courses. If you think that your students' academic difficulties are not so much content specific but relate more to such factors as time management, test anxiety, note-taking, etc., inform your students that the Co-op's free Learning Skills Program can assist them in building those skills.
  • Remind students about the Learning Co-op before and after grading criteria are due (e.g., quizzes, exams, projects, lab reports, papers).
  • When providing feedback to students about their academic performance (e.g., on quiz & exam papers, mid-semester grade reports), suggest that they go to the Learning Co-op to get help improving their academic performance.

HOW CAN YOU HELP THE LEARNING CO-OP'S SUBJECT-AREA TUTORING PROGRAM?

Talk to your best students about the opportunity to become a tutor, and send their names to Patience Whitworth, Learning Co-op Program Manager at 802-656-7964, . Of particular interest are students who:

  • will be at UVM for at least two more semesters
  • are academically strong in one or more high-demand areas: (Sciences, Math & Statistics, Business & Economics)
  • have well-developed oral communication skills
  • have an aptitude for comfortably relating to other people

Once a student is pursuing becoming a subject-area tutor, complete a Faculty Recommendation Form for that student. On the form, be sure to state specifically which courses you are recommending that the student can tutor.

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