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.
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.