Peer tutoring encourages collaborative learning amongst students. The Academic Enrichment Center’s (AEC) peer-tutoring program provides around 1500 hours of tutoring each year. The content of the sessions is course specific. Students generally seek tutoring on their initiative for various reasons.
- Some students are social learners who want to discuss the course content with an accomplished peer tutor;
- Some have gaps in their understanding of course content and request a Q&A session to close such gaps;
- Some are seeking an ‘A’ in the course and believe a peer tutor can assist them to obtain their goals;
- Some only want to hear classmates discuss course content with tutors to enhance their understanding.
Whatever the reason, many Earlham students find working with a peer tutor advantageous.
AEC Tutoring Structures
Pre-Arranged Group Tutoring Sessions
AEC provides pre-arranged drop-in tutoring sessions for groups and individuals for various math, science, and social science courses taken by many first-year students. Students enrolled in courses with pre-arranged sessions are notified about such tutoring by the AEC and their professors.
The pre-arranged sessions are held in the AEC tutoring area, located on the main level of Lilly Library. The tutors who staff the AEC are trained undergraduate students who have demonstrated mastery in the subject they tutor. Tutors are available Sunday-Thursday; the daily hours vary. Specific subject and tutor availability are posted online (currently unavailable), in the AEC tutoring area, and in applicable syllabi.
Some courses with pre-arranged tutoring also offer one-on-one appointments during their sessions. Students must schedule an appointment in advance using our online reservation tool (unavailable during summer hours) to ensure one-on-one time with a tutor.
One-on-One Tutoring Sessions
Students may request one-on-one tutors for courses not supported by pre-arranged sessions or the Writing Center. Students may request tutoring for up to two hours per course each week. The student and tutor determine the tutoring schedule.
Students seeking a one-on-one tutor should submit a request using our online form. The AEC staff hires and matches students to a tutor and provides all parties with the information needed to schedule their first tutoring session. The AEC also informs professors about the match.
Are You Interested in Working as a Tutor?
The staff of AEC is always looking to add tutors to its roster. Download a Tutor Application Form online, or pick up an application from the AEC office, main level of Lilly Library. First priority is given to work-study students.