The Academic Advising Office employs trained and academically successful Grinnell students to provide individual tutoring sessionsto any enrolled student who ants help with coursework. To request a tutor call the Academic Advising Office at 269-3702 or email Hanna Langley.
Tutoring in the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Tutoring Program offers tutoring help in the following humanities and social sciences subjects:
- Classics (including Greek)
- Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Theater & Dance
Tutoring in the Sciences
For tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics contact the Science Learning Center (269-3015). Tutors for Psychology can obtained by contacting Barbara Brown in the Psychology department (269-3171). Tutors for Mathematics and Computer Science courses are available through the Math Lab, and for assistance with science research, contact Kevin Engle (269-4234).
Academic Help in Other Areas
Assistance with writing assignments and reading comprehension may be obtained through the Writing Lab and Reading Laboratory, respectively. Further, the reference librarians will assist you with in-depth research questions through the Library Lab. The Peer Tutoring Program and all other academic help is free and available to all students.
Links for Current Tutors and Tutees
Students Who Would Like to Have a Tutor:
What is the Peer Tutoring Program?
If you are struggling in a course, or know you will be struggling soon, or would like to inprove your grade, you can request a Peer Tutor. Our tutors are upper class students who have been recommended by academic departments for demonstrating expertise in the subject areas. They will meet with you individually at mutually convenient the time and place and work with you at your own pace. As an enrolled student, you can receive up to 4 free hours a week of tutoring.
How Do I Get a Tutor?
To obtain a tutor, you must come to the Academic Advising Office, JRC 3rd floor, and meet with Hanna Langley (269-3702). She will listen to your concerns about the course, including areas needing improvement, and she will match you with a tutor. It is your responsibility to contact the tutor(s) and arrange mutually convenient meeting times. If you and your tutor cannot find a time convenient for both of you, ask for another tutor contact. If you have any difficulties with the tutoring arrangement, be sure to meet with Hanna to resolve the issue. We want every student to have a strong chance of being successful in their courses.
What Do I Do Once I Decide on a Tutor?
You will also be given a time sheet (white form) to fill out and submit twice each month. Keep a record of the times you’ve been tutored and submit the time sheet to Academic Advising on the 15th and last day of each month. Further, you must complete the web form, which Hanna will show you. If you do not submit both records, your tutor will not be paid.
How Do I Prepare for My First Session?
You’ll receive an "Identifying Needs" form when you ask for a list of tutors. This form should be filled out and discussed with Hanna when you select a tutor. You should share the form with your tutor as well. The form will help your tutor identify problem areas, and therefore better assist you.
What If I Don't Like the Tutor I Choose?
You are welcome to change tutors at any time. It would be polite to inform your current tutor that you will not need their assistance in the future. We provide numerous tutors so that you are more likely to find someone with whom you can work successfully.
How Will a Tutor Be Able to Help Me?
Tutors will help you find strategies to succeed in your specific class. This may include working on note taking skills, comprehension of basic concepts or key ideas, and organizing materials for the course.
What Assignments or Issues Should My Tutor Avoid?
Your tutor should not assist you with take-home exams or any other assignment for which the instructor has explicitly stated that you should do your own work. Grinnell's academic honesty policy lists examples of academically dishonest work you should avoid.
Also, you should avoid discussing with your tutor any issues that do not pertain specifically to the course for which you are tutored (such as homesickness, roommate problems, health issues). These concerns are important and should be brought to the attention of a Student Affairs staff member (SA, RLC, Academic Advising Counselor, etc.) Tutors are not trained in personal counseling.
I Have More Questions!
Have no fear, the tutoring coordinators are happy to answer any and all questions. Hanna Langley works closely with the tutoring program and would love to talk with you.
Becoming A Tutor
Different people tutor for different reasons, such as:
- Helping other students;
- teaching a subject to someone else helps you learn it better;
- getting paid to talk about a subject that you enjoy;
- a friend asked you to help them in a class that you've taken;
- it's a well paying ($9.10/hour) on-campus job, with flexible hours; and/or
- you learn more about yourself and your learning style by working with someone who may learn differently.
What Are the Qualifications for Tutors?
- You must be an enrolled, full-time Grinnell College student.
- You must be in good academic standing.
- You must attend a tutor training session.
Ok, I Want to Tutor. Now What?
Faculty must recommend students to tutor within their department. Ask a faculty member to recommend you. Once our office receives recommendations, we send forms to all students who are recommended. When you send back the form, you will be informed of training session times. Return the form, attend a training session, and you will be put on the list of possible tutors that students receive.
Students choose their own tutors from the list they are given. You may be contacted any time during the semester for tutoring.
1. Tutors must be enrolled as full-time students at Grinnell College.
2. Students on academic probation may not serve as tutors.
3. As a tutor, you are expected to attend any training sessions scheduled by the Academic Advising Office. You may include time spent in training on your monthly time sheet.
1. No student may tutor without the permission of the Academic Advising Office. You must have a recommendation from a professor in the department for which you will tutor. Hours worked prior to the Academic Advising receiving a professor's recommendation will not be paid.
2. A student wanting a tutor in your recommended course will be given your name, phone number, box number, e-mail address, and advised to contact you to arrange a suitable meeting time. It's the tutee's responsibility to report the name(s) of his/her tutor(s).
3. Plan to work with your tutee about two hours a week. Students should be prompt, ready to work with their books, notes, supplies, and any questions they may have. Make sure the appointment time is mutually convenient; try not to change the time or cancel at the last minute. A regular schedule is less confusing/frustrating for both of you.
4. Tutors may not tutor more than four hours per week without advance permission of Hanna Langley [langleyh], Academic Advising Counselor. Tutors who submit time sheets reporting over four hours of tutoring per week will be subject to termination and will not be paid for the hours beyond the approved four.
5. Reporting hours as a student tutor relies on an honor system. If Academic Advising receives evidence of falsified time sheets, both tutor and tutee will be subject to college judicial action, and the tutor will be terminated.
6. It is imperative that you contact Academic Advising if you feel a student is not making satisfactory progress or if problems arise in your tutoring.
7. A time sheet and a tutoring session summary sheet will be sent to you and should be returned by the 25th of every month. Pay is $7.50 per hour and is received from the Treasurer's office. Students are paid on the 10th of every month. You need to fill out a W-4 and I-9 form from the Treasurer's Office before your paycheck will be issued. If you work more than one job in campus, your hours for each job will be combined in one paycheck. Tutors are paid by the hour, not by the number of students tutored at each session.
8. Tutoring session summary sheets will be sent to tutors along with time sheets, and must be submitted each month along with the time sheet. Keep a current log of your tutoring sessions; do not wait until the end of the month to complete the summary sheet.
9. Submit your summary sheet and your time sheet each month to the Academic Advising Office located in the Joe Rosenfield Center, 3rd Floor Suite. The student(s) you are tutoring must sign the time sheet in the column "Log Time in Hours." This helps our office determine whom you are tutoring along with the number of hours per week. Please return your summary and time sheets promptly. Time sheets without tutees' signatures or summary and time sheets over two months old (or received after June 1) will not be honored for payment. Students doing group mentoring need not secure tutees' signatures, but do need to send a list of participating students to Academic Advising.
10. Students must be enrolled in the class for which they request tutoring. (The exceptions are in conversational and written English.)
11. If you find that you do not have sufficient time to tutor, please notify Denise Bennett at x3702 so that we do not continue to give out your name.
12. All tutoring for math and science courses is arranged by the Science Learning Center, the Math Lab or the Psychology Department.
Good luck! If you have questions or problems, please call x3702
Tutoring Program Background
Tutoring through the Academic Advising Office is available to all students who wish to improve their ability in one or more of their social science and/or humanities courses. Tutoring is offered by course (i.e., a student must receive tutoring for a specific course). We also coordinate tutors for ESL. Our office employs approximately 75 tutors, who work up to 4 hours a week tutoring students. The tutoring service is free to all student
Students seeking tutoring in the Humanities and Social Studies fields should come to the Academic Advising Office. For help in other fields of study, students should contact Katherine McClelland (Math and Computer Science), Minna Mahlab (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Barbara Brown (Psychology). There are also 'labs' for some language departments; these are advised by faculty who work cooperatively with our Office.
Faculty Involvement in the Tutoring Program
There are two principle ways in which faculty input and assistance are vital to our program: 1) recommending students as prospective tutors; and 2) referring students who may benefit from individual attention to the tutoring program. At the beginning of the year, our office sends out a call for tutors, asking professors to recommend students who have a solid understanding of the material for one or more courses, especially at the introductory (i.e., 100 and 200) level. We rely on these recommendations in hiring our tutors for the year. Second, we hope that as the semesters progress and students are experiencing difficulty, you will be willing to suggest tutoring as a possible means of addressing this difficulty.
Expectations of Tutors and Tutees
All tutors participate in a training session in which they learn the logistics for working for our office, basic dos and don'ts of tutoring, and how to adapt their tutoring to accommodate individuals with different learning styles. Tutors are encouraged to contact the office at any time if they have questions or concerns about their tutees. Tutors are paid $7.50/hour, making them some of the highest paid student workers on campus. When a student wants a tutor, he or she comes to the Academic Advising Office and requests a list of tutors from Denise Bennett, Administrative Assistant for Academic Advising. The student is given then responsible for contacting tutors on the list, and finding someone with whom they can work effectively. Students are asked to prepare for each tutoring session, bringing specific questions or problems to work through. Tutoring sessions generally last about an hour, take place in a location mutually agreed upon by tutor and tutee, and students may meet with their tutors up to twice a week. Some students choose to work with tutors on a regular basis, while others may only visit with their tutors before an exam or assignment is due. In abiding by the academic honesty policy of the institution, both tutors made aware that they should not assist with take-home exams, or complete homework for students.