Become a Tutor
Position Description of a Tutor
Provide tutoring to students seeking assistance through UMC Academic Assistance Center (AAC). Assist students in improving academic achievement by meeting with them on a regular basis to facilitate learning and assist the student to become a successful, independent learner. Other assistance might include: reviewing class material, discussing the text, predicting test questions, or working on solutions to problems. The purpose of tutoring is to increase and enhance mastery of concepts or applications of a specific course of study. Peer tutors integrate effective study and learning strategies to maximize the tutee’s potential for academic progress.
A few other noteworthy facts:
- Peer Tutors are not graders, nor teaching assistants.
Since this service is based on student need and tutor availability, there are NO guaranteed hours.
- Clients are University of Minnesota Crookston students with declared majors who have requested tutoring services.
- Clients do NOT pay a fee.
…explain concepts that students have difficulty understanding.
…use alternate methods of explaining content and give examples that may help students better understand.
…share successful study strategies based on experience and training.
…believe a student's work should reflect their own ability.
…give positive reinforcement - help students become more confident in their own abilities.
…honor the privacy of the client.
Tutors do NOT.....
…do assignments for students - including lead them through assignments.
…assist in take home exams.
…grade assignments or discuss assigned grades.
…attempt to judge the acceptability of completed assignments from the instructor's point of view.
…comment on an instructor's grading policy, teaching style, or personality.
…proof read drafts of papers, although we may read for logic and clarity.
…discuss client's progress, achievements or abilities with others.
Requirements to be a Tutor
1. Be enrolled as a UMC student while tutoring.
2. Have a B or better grade in the course(s) to be tutored.
3. Demonstrate ability to quickly establish rapport and communicate well with students.
4. Complete required tutor training, including tutor meetings and supplemental training sessions.
1. Tutor students in specific course material and integrate study and learning strategies to promote independent learning.
2. Meeting with the instructor of the course you are tutoring may be required in order to discuss your role as a tutor. Peer Tutors are not graders, nor teaching assistants.
3. Be punctual and prepared for all scheduled tutoring sessions. It is your responsibility to notify your Tutor Coordinator as soon as possible if you cannot meet with your students.
4. Complete and hand in all required paperwork.
5. Character traits: Responsible, dependable, and mature... Friendly, patient, and sensitive to a diversity of students.
Students interested in becoming a tutor on campus must:
- Get a competency to tutor form. It is yellow and can be picked in the Academic Assistance Center.
- Complete the form and have the subject instructor sign it or present transcript documentation.
- Meet with the Tutor Coordinator to become familiarized with the rules and expectations.
- Complete a tutor training module assigned by the Tutor Coordinator in the Academic Assistance Center.
Students interested in becoming a tutor online must:
- Contact AAC Online Student Personnel Coordianator, Josh Parrill via email with the following information:
- Your Name
- Courses you would like to tutor, grade received in those courses, and instructor course taken from
- Complete the tutor training module assigned by Online Student Personnel Coordinator (Josh Parrill) in the AAC
Students interested in becoming a tutor both on campus and online must:
- Complete the requirements for the on campus tutoring and inform Online Student Coordinator Coordinator (Josh Parrill) that you are interested in online tutoring as well.
Tutoring sessions are scheduled as soon as possible after the request form is turned in. Students are notified when, where, and with whom the tutoring sessions will be held. This notification is usually done through campus email.
Responsibilities of Tutor
- Complete Tutor Training Modules as directed by Tutor Coordinator.
- Keep proper records and turn them in to the Academic Assistance Center on time. This includes:
- A tutor competency card (yellow)
- Contact Cards
- Bi-weekly payroll time cards
- Be regular and prompt at tutoring sessions. Notify the tutee of any conflicts, illnesses, or "no shows."
- Help those you tutor by:
- maintaining a positive attitude towards the course, instructor, and student being tutored
- answering and asking questions
- assisting in organizing course materials
- encouraging good study habits
- NOT doing work for them
- All tutor sessions will be scheduled by the Tutor Coordinator and conducted at the Academic Assistance Center unless other arrangements are made with the tutor program coordinator.
1. The Tutor Coordinator will reasonably accommodate all tutor requests, but tutoring is not guaranteed. Tutoring is dependent on finding a peer tutor who is qualified, willing and available during the tutees available times.
- The more hours the tutee is available, the higher the chance they will be matched with a tutor.
2. Students must be enrolled in the class they are requesting a tutor for
3. Each tutee is able to receive up to two hours of tutoring per week per UMC class.
- Exceptions can be made per the Tutor Coordinator’s discretion.
4. Students are not allowed to request a specific tutee/tutor. All assignments will be made by the Tutor Coordinator.
5. Tutoring sessions are scheduled as soon as possible after the request form is turned in. Students are then notified by their tutor when the tutoring sessions will be held.
- This notification is done through UMC’s primary form of communication, campus email.
6. Tutoring will be conducted through one of the following options:
- Face-to-face in the AAC.
- Internet /Video Chat
7. The last day of tutoring for the semester is the last day of class for that semester.
8. Tutoring in the AAC is typically done in groups. One-on-one tutoring is not guaranteed. Exceptions can be made per the Tutor Coordinator’s discretion.
|Contact Information For Requesting a Tutor
On Campus Tutor
270D Owen Hall
270E Owen Hall