Faculty FAQs

How are tutors hired?

Applications for Peer Tutor positions are received on a rolling basis, and tutors are hired based on demand and/or upon instructor request. High demand areas for which tutors are actively recruited include accounting, biology, chemistry, economics, nursing, physics, psychology and sociology.

Once an application is received, the applicant's transcript is evaluated and demand for tutoring in courses successfully completed (with an A or B) is assessed. An interview is then scheduled (if warranted). Hiring decisions are based on the following:

  • Student must meet minimum qualifications (see Peer Tutor job description)
  • Student's application must be supported by a letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Student must demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills during an interview
  • Student must be qualified/knowledgeable to tutor courses for which there is sufficient demand for tutoring

How can I recommend a student to become a tutor?

Faculty recommendations are critical to the process of staffing the Center with qualified tutors. This position requires applicants to be responsible, academically successful and able to communicate with students, faculty and staff members. Applicants should show the potential for developing strong leadership skills as well.

You can send Michael Greco the names of students whom you feel are qualified, and he will take the recruitment process from there. Typically, he sends students an email invitation to apply and attach an electronic application along with a position description. *Students are more apt to apply when a faculty member encourages them to do so.

Tutor applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, so be aware that you may be asked to provide something more formal by a student who has applied. Your letter should include an evaluation of the applicant's content knowledge, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as to what extent the applicant shows initative, is self-motivated, organized and responsible.

What kind of training do tutors receive?

Once an applicant is interviewed and hired, they go through training. A majority of new tutors are hired prior to the fall semester, and they receive training via an intensive two day workshop. Tutors hired during a semester or between semesters go through training modules on Blackboard. 

Training is very activity based and topics include: defining the tutor’s role; key elements of an effective tutoring session; learning theory; the Socratic method; questioning and communication skills; incorporating study skills; making campus referrals; and awareness of differences in learning styles and abilities. In addition to the training they receive prior to working with students, tutors also receive ongoing training in monthly staff meetings.

Tutors in training learn that their main priority is helping the student to become an independent learner, a critical thinker and problem solver.  We stress that tutoring is NOT teaching, nor is it a substitute for participating in class, office hours, or studying outside of class.

What happens in a typical tutoring session?

The tutor reviews a contract with the student, which basically outlines the tutor’s responsibilities as well as the student’s responsibilities and serves to clarify expectations. The student can expect to be actively engaged in the learning process — going through notes and the text, asking and answering questions, practicing problems, doing board work, creating flash cards, study guides, etc. Tutors have been trained to facilitate student learning by asking questions which require the student to think critically and by providing students with opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the material. The tutor will document the student’s progress each week.

How do students sign up for tutoring?

Please note Student FAQs.

Students should be directed to the CSP (in Kilcawley Center) to sign up. They will complete a Request for Tutoring application. When the request is scheduled, the student will receive an email reminder and a phone call.  Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so students should sign up early.

Tutoring sessions recur weekly, at the same day and time with the same tutor. When there are multiple requests for the same class with the same professor, a small group tutoring session will be formed. To make the most of a tutoring session, students should come prepared with notes, book, and questions. If a student’s request cannot be accommodated, we keep them on a waiting list. If there is no tutor for the course and there is sufficient demand to warrant hiring, tutors will be recruited.

How do I know if there is a tutor for my class?

Contact Michael Greco at ext. 2956 or magreco01@ysu.edu, or visit him in the CSP!

How can faculty strengthen the tutoring program at ysu?

In addition to recommending students to become Peer Tutors, you can strengthen the tutoring program by providing us with feedback, being open to communication and questions from tutors who are working with students in your courses, and providing us with any materials that you feel would be helpful to the tutoring/learning process.

If your department offers tutoring, please share that information with me so that our staff can refer students to that additional support as well.