It is hard to believe, but we are already a third of the way through the fall semester?!? By now you’ve probably got a handle on which classes you are doing really well in and which classes are a bit more challenging. As you know, it is better to get help now rather than waiting until you are farther behind and more confused. So why not give tutoring try?

A lot of students do not seek tutoring until a problem arises and they find themselves failing one or more of their courses. In this case, they sign-up for tutoring as a way to get back on track, but tutoring should not just be a last ditch effort to save your grade. In fact, in the Academic Success Center we see many students who sign-up for tutoring early on as a way avoid potential struggle or to boost their grade from average to great. Either way, many of our students take advantage of the services we offer. Every year about 65% of the student body visits the Academic Success Center.

The majority of tutoring is facilitated by students just like you. Last year the Academic Success Center employed 52 tutors, who provided tutoring for over 188 courses. All of our peer tutors have successfully completed the course they are tutoring with a B+ or higher. In addition, peer tutors have been recommended by our faculty and staff, and possess a strong passion for helping others. Some of our tutors have also been patrons of the Academic Success Center at one time or another, and know what it feels like to be in your shoes.

Peer tutoring appointments usually take place once a week for approximately one hour. Tutors can be set-up to be one-on-one or in small groups. It is highly recommended that you bring your class materials so they can help you understand the course content, help you complete course assignments and help you to develop successful study skills that you can then apply on your own outside of tutoring. Peer tutoring requires an appointment, so come on up to the Academic Success Center and fill out a tutor request today.

If you are looking for something a little more informal you can attend a Study Group or a Supplemental Instruction session. Study Groups are often established for upper division classes or courses that may not be offered every semester. These groups are facilitated by a peer currently enrolled in the course who your professor has recommended. These groups meet at a designated time and place each week to review the class material and help each other study.

Supplemental Instruction or SI’s are offered for a variety of classes. Similar to study groups these occur once a week or before tests at a designated time and place such as 7 to 8 pm on Tuesdays in Library 107. SI’s are led by a student who previously took the course, received an A and has a strong working relationship with the course professor. They often sit-in on your classes and you may even notice some of them assisting in your labs. You do not need to sign up ahead of time for SI’s but you should still come prepared to work. Review the material ahead of time and bring questions to ask the SI leader.

To access our SI and Study Group schedule click HERE!

Tutoring comes in many different forms and tutors try their best to help you succeed in your classes, but it’s not just up to them. Don’t be afraid to let them know that this study technique isn’t working for you or to tell them I understand this part but I am really struggling with another aspect of the class, even if your classmates seem to get it quickly. When approached this way, tutoring certainly gets good results! 90% of the students who received tutoring last semester passed their courses and 54% received a B or higher.

Tutors are your peers and they have struggled through the same classes as you are. Tutors have worked hard to develop a thorough understanding of the classes they are tutoring. They are good students with strong academic skills and they are eager to share their knowledge with you! So take a chance on tutoring – you’ll be happy that you did!

Writer BIO: Claire Nellis is a Senior in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program. Claire has worked in the Academic Success Center throughout her time at PSC as a Peer Tutor, Writing Center Tutor and Supplemental Instruction Leader. This summer Claire worked as a Raptor Research Intern at Boise State University in Idaho doing research on Burrowing Owls.