The Academic Resource Center provides tutoring on both a professional and peer level. Professional tutoring is available in the areas of Math and Science. Availability may change each semester. Advance appointments are encouraged and can be made by visiting our Center. Contact the Academic Resource Center at 610.282.1100, ext. 1294 with specific questions/concerns on our tutoring policy. Request a peer tutor online.
for ACCESS Students
Students must complete a tutee agreement form before registering online for a tutoring session.
The Center provides tutoring services for ACCESS students in the following courses:
|Individual writing assistance
Please contact your ACCESS academic advisor for more information.
for Traditional Day and Accelerated B.S.N Students
Students must submit requests online. Requests will be answered within 48 hours.
The Peer Tutor Program matches students who do particularly well in certain subjects with students who may be having some difficulty in a subject. Peer tutors are recommended by their instructors. The peer tutor position is funded by work-study funds or institutional employment funds. Once a student has been recommended and it is determined that he or she is eligible for work-study or institutional employment, the student then attends training sessions before being assigned as a tutor.
Q. Why should I request a PEER TUTOR?
A. The answer is simple: it helps!
- A tutor works with you and your instructor to provide a better understanding of what you need to know.
- A tutor can answer questions that you may be too embarrassed to ask in class.
- A tutor can also give you tips on effective study skills for a particular class and instructor.
Q. When should I request a PEER TUTOR?
A. Peer Tutors are available anytime throughout the semester. However, you are wise to request a tutor as soon as you think you may have difficulty in a course. Don't wait until a few days before "the big test." It is never too early to ask for help!
Q. What are my responsibilities once I have been assigned a TUTOR?
A. Once you have been assigned a tutor:
- you should come prepared with the course materials for each session and be ready to work for the grade you want.
- you must meet with your peer tutor for a minimum of one hour each week;
- you must be willing to cooperate with your tutor and to participate in the sessions.
Q. How does someone become a PEER TUTOR?
A. Most Peer Tutors are recommended by their instructors to be a tutor for a course that they had taken during the previous semester and in which they had received a minimum grade of B (3.0).
- Peer tutors have College Work-Study or Institutional Employment grants as part of their financial aid packages and are paid for their tutoring services out of these grants.
- Peer tutors must be dedicated students with a willingness to help others.
If you would be interested in being a peer tutor for a particular course, see Mrs. Ann Koefer, the Tutorial Coordinator in the Academic Resource Center.
Q. What are my responsibilities as a PEER TUTOR?
A. As a Peer Tutor, you are required to:
- complete a Developmental Plan for each tutee that details when each session occurred and what material and study skills were reviewed:
- schedule monthly meetings with the course instructor and the Tutorial Coordinator in order to discuss any recommendations or problems:
- attend various training sessions throughout the year to make tutoring more effective for the students.
Q. Ok, I need a tutor, what do I do?
A. Follow the online "TutorTrack User Guide for Students"
Q. Ok, I'm a new tutor, what do I do?
A. Follow the online "TutorTrack User Guide for Tutors"
Q. What is my user name?
A. For students, your user name will be your DeSales seven-digit ID number. If you are a tutor, a user name will be created for you and given to you by Ann Koefer or Megan DeRoach.
Q. Can I make my own password?
A. Yes, when you create your account you will create your own 6-character password. Tutors will be given a generic password which they can change on their first log-in.
Q. I went to TutorTrac and I tried to login but I get an 'Access Denied' screen.
A. This could be caused by several problems. Did you type your user name and password correctly? Are you using an outdated version of Internet Explorer? Download the latest version of IE from Microsoft's Web site. If you are still having trouble, try using Mozilla's Firefox Web browser.
Q. Can I pick the tutor that I want to tutor me?
A. You will be searching for tutors by the course you need help in, not by a tutor name. Some courses may have more than one tutor assigned, so feel free to choose the one that fits your schedule best. But keep in mind availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Q. I followed the instructions but nothing came up when I searched for tutors!
A. Please be patient. Please be aware that tutors are students too and need time to adjust to their class schedules before they feel comfortable signing up to be tutors. We understand your frustration and we will do our best to get tutoring sessions up and available as soon as possible.
Q. What if I make an appointment and I can't keep it?
A. Go to the online "TutorTrack User Guide for Students" and follow the instructions for "To Cancel an Appointment" at the bottom of the page.
Q. Help, I forgot my password!
A. Email either Ann.Koefer@desales.edu with your name and user ID and we will reset your password.