Our Vision and Mission
Tutoring Services promotes a culture of engaged learners who are actively committed to academic success. We fulfill this mission by creating and supporting an environment of independent learning where peer tutors offer engaging and challenging tutoring sessions. By working with peer tutors, students are much more willing to express their academic needs, actively participate in the learning process and ultimately achieve academic success. To access the Faculty Handbook, please click here.
Course offered: 230
Students Served: 847
Number of Visits: 3263
Number of Hours: 4473
Our Courses and Services
Currently, we offer tutoring in over 150 courses across many disciplines for all OU undergraduates on the Athens campus. This number fluctuates each semester and there is no guarantee that a tutor will be available each and every time you search for a tutor on Tutor Trac; especially during mid-terms and finals. For this reason, we offer free evening drop-in hours at the Math and Science Center. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted in the morning and afternoon for 30 minute sessions in the Math Center only. Appointments must be made through Tutor Trac. Please check the respective websites for the latest information. Peer Tutoring is open to all OU undergraduates as well. You can meet with a peer tutor for an hour for $10 per hour. Peer Tutoring is free for students who are registered with the Student Accessibility Services, Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, College Adjustment Program, Commuters and Veterans, and Athletics. All appointments must be booked through Tutor Trac.
Who are our tutors
Peer Tutors have been selected because of their academic excellence and commitment to modeling successful student behavior. All tutors must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and a "B" or better in the courses, for which they can tutor, submit two faculty references. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview. Once accepted, tutors must complete training requirements. Training is a crucial part of our success to ensure peer tutors understand the learning process in relation to content knowledge and their own rights and responsibilities and those of the students. Tutors must complete a minimum of 10 hours of training and will participate in at least one observation and evaluation each semester. Additional training is offered throughout academic year. Please keep in mind, tutors are students first and can make mistakes. If you ever have any issue with a tutor, please contact the Assistant Director to discuss how to proceed. Contact Joan Zelaya at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-593-2720.
What to expect
Peer Tutors are to trained to engage students and encourage them to become active participants in the tutoring session. Through guiding questions, peer tutors work with students to help identify specific needs and realistic goals for each session, determine what the student knows, work collaboratively through problems, practice skills, and apply concepts. Tutors also help students apply successful study strategies and test-taking skills. The ultimate goal is to help students build confidence, think critically about their coursework, and help them practice strategies that will help them become better learners and work independently.
Encouraging your Students to attend Tutoring
Students have a very difficult time admitting that they need help. It is important to let them know that we help students of all abilities. Working with a tutor will help them take control of their anxiety, fear, or procrastination. At the beginning of the semester, include a statement about our services in your syllabus and make announcement to seek assistance before the first exam or project. Offering encouragement and dispelling the myths of tutoring will help student overcome their resistance.
Feel free to include this statement in your syllabus.
Tutoring Services offers free tutoring for over 150 courses for all OU undergraduates on the Athens campus. You can make a free 30 minute appointment, walk-in or drop-in at the Math and Science Center in Alden 101 at the Academic Advancement Center. For a one-hour appointment and a small fee of $10, you can meet with a Peer Tutor at the AAC, as well. Peer Tutoring is free for students who are registered with the Student Accessibility Services, Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, College Adjustment Program, Commuters and Veterans, and Athletics. All appointments must be booked through Tutor Trac. Please keep in mind that tutoring is not a guaranteed service. Book appointments early. For more information, the latest updates and to use Tutor Trac, visit us at www.ohio.edu/tutoring.
To make the most of your session:
- Meet with a tutor early in the semester. Do not procrastinate. Tutors have limited appointments and are booked quickly; particularly during mid-terms and finals.
- Be prepared with your textbooks, notes, and specific questions concerning the material.
- Tutors are not teachers. They will not "lecture" or "re-teach." They do not replace a missed class. If you miss class, make sure you get notes from a classmate and meet with your professor during office hours.
- Cancel your appointments in a timely manner. If you can't make a session, cancel your appointment 8 hours in advance on Tutor Trac. A session that is not cancelled prevents another student from booking that appointment and leaves the tutor waiting for you.
Requesting a Tutor
All appointments are made through Tutor Trac. Tutor Trac is a web-based management system which allows students to search for a tutor and schedule appointments. Tutors are able to post their available hours and manage their schedule. This new system allows for easier access and better data collection which gives the opportunity to tailor our services to current needs and requests. OU undergraduates on the Athens campus can search for a tutor and book appointments on Tutor Trac. If a student cannot find a tutor on the system, he/she should check on a daily basis. As students cancel appointments, sessions become available. However, we cannot guarantee a tutor for each and every class offered at OU. If you cannot find a tutor for your specific course, stop by the Academic Advancement Center to complete a Tutor Request Form and we will search for a tutor. Please keep in mind; tutoring is not a guaranteed service! If you are a faculty member, advisor or staff member who needs information regarding our services, please feel free to contact us directly.
Academic Dishonesty and Take Home/Online Exams
The most common misconception is that tutors will give answers or help students with exams, projects, or homework. Tutors, however, are trained to be facilitators of knowledge. They work on similar concepts and problems to help students practice the skills to work independently. We do not condone any type of academic dishonesty. While most students request assistance for legitimate reasons, there are some students who seek assistance with exams, projects, papers, or other forms of assessment. Tutors are trained to deny these types of requests and focus on the concepts and skills rather than the assignment. However, it can be difficult at times to determine if a request is a form of assessment, so a tutor may help inadvertently. If you suspect this is the case or want to inform of us of an assignment that should be done independently, please let us know. Contact Joan Zelaya, Assistant Director and Coordinator of Tutoring Services, at 740-593-2720 or email@example.com.
- Do you offer tutoring for every course on campus? Unfortunately, we cannot provide tutoring for every course on campus. Tutors are hired based on demand for courses and courses that are historically difficult.
- Is tutoring guaranteed? Tutoring is not a guaranteed service for any student at OU. We do our best to hire qualified tutors to fulfill requests. Students should attend tutoring at the beginning of the semester to increase their chances of succeeding in the course.
- Can a faculty member, staff member or graduate student search for a tutor on Tutor Trac? Not at this time. Tutor Trac is available to any currently enrolled OU student on the Athens campus. If you have any questions concerning tutors for a particular course, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do you have tutoring services for graduate students? At this time we do not offer tutoring for graduate students. Graduate students can always visit the Graduate Writing and Research Center in Alden Library for assistance.
- I would like to discuss an issue I have with a tutor? Please speak to the Assistant Director. Do not contact the tutor directly.We will work together, with the tutor and/or student, to find a solution or explanation.
- My student is attending tutoring, but he is not improving? There can be many factors influencing a students' progress. Please inform the Assistant Director. The AD will determine possible solutions. Please keep in mind; the AAC does not guarantee grades. Students are ultimately responsible for their performance.