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Working with a good tutor can make a tremendous difference in your college student’s success. Having a tutor can mean that a student has a stronger grasp of the course material and may receive a better grade.
Most colleges offer tutoring or academic support in some form. One commonly used form of student support is the use of a peer tutor. Peer tutors are students who have strength in a subject area and work with students who are having some difficulty or need support. Occasionally, parents worry that their college student is working with another student and not with a professional tutor. They are concerned that the tutoring help will not be sufficient.
Although professional tutoring is very valuable, and can work well for many students, peer tutoring also has great advantages. As in any one-on-one tutoring situation, your student will receive individual attention and support for his academic needs. Some peer tutors may work with a student on several subjects, or the tutor may have expertise in one particular area.
Missouri S&T offers both Student Success Coaches and Tutors at the Burns & McDonnel Student Success Center with both in person and zoom options available. See the tutoring schedule here for over 50 classes happening this semester.
Why Peer Tutoring May Be Helpful for Your College Student
There are unique advantages of peer tutors, and parents need to be aware that peer tutoring is used by many colleges because it is effective, not because it is “cheap labor.” Peer tutors are usually trained; some are trained extensively. They are not teachers with professional qualifications, they do not give grades or control curriculum, however they do have expertise in their subject area and some expertise in how to help other students succeed in that subject.
Advantages to working with a student or peer tutor.
The peer tutor/tutee relationship is a unique one. For many students, working with a peer tutor in a particular subject area can be the difference between success and failure. As with any tutoring relationship, it is imperative that your student enter the tutoring relationship openly and willingly. The relationship established is collaborative and must be entered through mutual consent and not through coercion or pressure. If your student does not want to be tutored, no tutoring relationship will work.
As college parents, you can encourage your student to take advantage of academic support provided by the school, and you can be comfortable knowing that if your student is assigned a peer tutor, he or she will be getting quality help. Hopefully, your student will take advantage of all the opportunities provided.
Why Your Student Might Want to Become a Peer Tutor
Most of us understand why a student may want to get a tutor.
However, we may wonder why a student might want to become a tutor. Of course, some students may become a tutor for extra income, but tutoring is time-consuming and requires hard work, preparation, and effort. Why would your student want to become a peer tutor to help other students with their coursework?
There are actually many benefits from tutoring – for the tutor as well as for the tutee. You may want to help your student consider why they might want to become a peer tutor at their college or university.
Becoming a peer tutor is a position of prestige on many college campuses. Your student will have an opportunity to gain important skills, and at the same time help others, learn the material better, and to grow personally. Encourage your college student to explore this possible way to add to their college experiences by clicking here.
Whether your student takes advantage of a peer tutor to improve their success or your student chooses to become a tutor, know that this can be a rewarding partnership for both students.
Author of article: Vicki Nelson. Article adapted from: College Parent Central. Please Note: Missouri S&T does not endorse or have a relationship with SOURCE and articles are provided for information purposes only. Missouri S&T and SOURCE do not assume responsibility for error or omission in materials.
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