What is the GS Peer Tutoring Program?
Peer Tutoring in the General Studies Program (GSP) brings successful former GSP students, currently attending Northeastern, to work as peer tutors. The GS Peer Tutoring Program employs only GSP alumni as peer tutors based on their academic expertise and their understanding of the GSP experience. The GS Peer Tutoring Program is nationally certified by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA).
The GS Peer Tutoring Program, in conjunction with the Peer Tutoring Program @ NU, is committed to providing FREE academic assistance to all GS students in an academic environment in which personal growth and development is a priority. The program is dedicated to fostering long-term and independent learning among the GS students it serves. The success of this program is attributed to the highly trained, highly competent and highly motivated peer tutors and administrative staff and to the diligence and commitment to the GS students who participate.
The following are the types of tutoring services available in the GSP Tutoring Program:
- One-on-one tutoring by appointment: This is an individual tutoring session and must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. Each student may schedule a maximum of 2 one-on-one tutoring appointments per academic subject each week. One-on-one tutoring appointments can last up to one hour each.
- In-Class Tutoring: In-class tutoring takes place when a tutor is assigned to a class, or when an instructor invites a tutor to assist him/her to lead class discussions, perform demonstrations, give a presentation, and/or provide one-on-one instruction during problem solving. In addition, some tutors may be required to attend class sessions for the course they are responsible to tutor.
- Designated Tutoring: This service is designed to assist NU undergraduate students who have been identified by their instructors or their academic advisors as potentially at risk of failing one or more courses during a semester. FACT (Faculty Advisor Communication Tool) is also used to identify students who are potentially at risk academically. Students who sign-up for designated tutoring are matched with a trained Designated Tutor whose job it is to build a professional relationship with the student, working together to capitalize on the student’s strengths and address the student’s weaknesses. A combination of content specific and non-content specific tutoring is used to support these students. Designated tutoring appointments take place on a regular basis at an agreed upon time and place on campus.
- Workshops: The Peer Tutoring Program sponsors 2-4 workshops during the academic year. The workshops are open to all undergraduate students. Topics include critical thinking strategies, test taking, time management, coping with stress, and cultural diversity awareness.
- Referrals: During a tutoring session, a student may present information or exhibit behavior indicating that s/he may be facing personal problems that seem to be consistently interfering with learning. In such cases, the tutors will not attempt to solve the problem, but rather will ask the student’s permission to bring the problem to the attention of his/her supervisor and/or the student’s academic advisor. The tutors are familiar with the range of professional services available at the University, and in this situation will refer the student to the appropriate office for assistance.