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Academic Services

The Office of Academic Skills provides Peer Tutoring in 3-ways; one-on- one sessions, Course Mentoring group sessions, and Success Seminar group sessions.

About Peer Tutoring

We currently offer tutoring in:

  • Biology
  • Biochem
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Business
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science

If you would like to request tutoring in a course that is not currently offered, please contact the OAS. The office will do their best to accommodate these requests. If one of our current tutors is not able to tutor a course, we cannot provide a tutor mid semester due to our hiring and training requirements.

Peer Tutors are students who have completed the course with at least a 3.0 and have a recommendation from a professor in their subject area. Along with great academic standing, professor recommendations, and content knowledge, all Peer Tutors are trained on a regular basis to develop appropriate skills to help students who seek a tutor in their requested subject area. 

You can either be tutored one on one by making an appointment (see below) or use our new resource; Study Tables. Study tables are a great place for you to study or complete practice worksheets and problems independently, with the support of a tutor nearby if you have questions. See the schedule (link below) for days and times of Course Mentor Sessions.

 

Click on the link below to make an appointment with a subject tutor or to view the tutor schedule. All users need to log in with their WAC login username and password. New users will need to make a profile to register before viewing the schedule. Please choose the OAS Peer Tutor center from the drop-down menu.
 

Make an appointment!

New tutors are hired each spring to beging the following fall semester. Tutors must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 and a recommendation from the faculty of the course they wish to tutor. Students of who will have completed at least one full semester is eligible to apply.

To apply, complete the application here. Please note that applications may be submitted at any time, but will only be reviewed during the second half of spring semester.

When you apply, you will need to list each faculty you had for any course you are applying to tutor. The OAS will reach out to them to complete our recommendation form. Course mentors must be nominated by their department and do not need to list faculty recommendations.

The OAS will reach out to qualified applicants for interviews. Tutors are not hired for every subject and tutors who are able to tutor in multiple areas are given higher priority, to ensure you are able to tutor enough hours to earn the CRLA Certification you are eligible for through out training.
 

Tutoring Expectations

  •  A fellow student who is genuinely interested in helping other students.
  • Respect and professionalism.
  • Tutors are not miracle workers. There is no magic wand to get you an A or make you understand everything, so tutors certainly can’t do that either. They will work with you on study skills and techniques and review information to help you work towards success.
  • Tutors will help you work towards independent learning.
  •  Come with a plan. Know what you want to work on, it’s even better if you can include that when you schedule the appointment, then they may be able to prepare even more thoroughly.
  • Come Prepared. You should always bring notes, textbooks, and syllabi to tutoring appointments. Occasionally a tutor will ask you to bring specific materials, assignments, or to come prepared with a list of questions. Take advantage of this. The tutor is asking you do to this because they know how to maximize a session for you. Additionally, it is sometimes impossible for them to help you if you do not bring these things.
  • Arrive on time. Tutors have a specific period of time during which they will wait. If you exceed that time, they will leave, and your appointment will be marked as a no-show. If you accumulate 3 no-shows (in any tutoring center), you will be locked out of WC Online and be contacted by Academic Resource staff for a meeting.
  • Be an active participant. You should expect to be engaged in the session. Your tutor will ask questions and have a dialogue with you. Tutoring is productive and effective when it is interactive.
  • Provide feedback. If you don’t understand something, or something is not working, you should be honest and let them know. They will not judge you, and their feelings won’t be hurt if the way they’re tutoring isn’t working for you. They want to help and need feedback to do that.
  • Respect. Be respectful of your tutors’ time and efforts. They want to help you and work as a tutor because they love helping students. Be respectful of their time by arriving on time, and staying for the entire scheduled appointment. If you will need to leave early, plan ahead and let your tutor know via email or when booking the appointment.

* Should a student, on a regular basis, not meet these expectations, they may be required to meet with the Assistant Director of the OAS to discuss how to effectively use tutoring, how to meet expectations, and their future tutoring usage or other academic support options. 

The Office of Academic Skills offers a series of specific workshops to accelerate learning: time management, reading, note-taking, test taking, and other organizational skills. 

All seminars will be presented in the Sophie Kerr Room, 2nd Floor Miller Library during 2021 Semester. Please contact Hilary Bateman, hbateman2@washcoll.edu with any questions.  

Students should check their email weekly for seminar reminders and any information about attendance.

See our Crash Courses for mini seminars on-demand.

Learn More

 

Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule

Finding your Groove: In Person Learning at College

Wednesday, September 8 @ 4 pm

Talking to Professors: How and Why

Thursday, September 9 @ 5

 

Your Best Friend, Your Syllabus

Monday, September 13 @ 5

Time Management A-Z

Tuesday, September 14 @ 4

Plan for Success

Thursday, September 16 @ 5

Instructor Feedback; Treasure Chest of  Success

Tuesday, September 21 @ 4

Putting Off Procrastination

Wednesday, September 22 @ 5

All About Exams; Prep, Strategies, and Anxiety

Thursday, September 30 @ 4

Stress and Sleep

Monday, October 4 @ 5

Rebounding from Midterm Grades

Wednesday, October 20 @ 4

Thursday, October 21 @ 4 Tuesday, October 26 @ 4

Wednesday, October 27 @ 5

 

Putting Off Procrastination

Monday, November 1 @ 5

Plan for Success

Monday, November 8 @ 4

Time Management A-Z

Tuesday, November 9 @ 5

Stress and Sleep

Wednesday, November 17 @ 4

What Do Grades Really Mean?

Thursday, November 18 @ 5

 

Reach the Finish Line: Making a Study Plan for Finals

Tuesday, November 30 @ 4

If you would like to request a seminar, workshop, or presentation for a class, residence hall, etc., please contact Hilary Bateman (hbateman2@washcoll.edu). We appreciate 2 or more weeks advanced notice.