The ARC offers FREE peer tutoring to all Bellarmine students in many 100- and 200-level courses! Tutoring takes the form of large group weekly sessions, or individual and small group scheduled sessions (made by appointment only). Our tutoring services are meant to not only further students' knowledge in a particular class but to help students develop the learning skills they need to be successful at Bellarmine.
You can view the tutoring schedule here.
Who participates in tutoring?
Anyone! Peer tutoring goes beyond helping students with their questions about the general course content and it is for anyone enrolled in the course. You do not have to be struggling to benefit from meeting with a tutor. Tutors can help you get prepared and feel more comfortable with a class.
What do tutors do?
Our tutors are Bellarmine upperclassmen who are trained to lead group or individual tutoring sessions and who excelled in the courses for which they are tutoring. They assist students in improving their general study skills, and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to help students improve their learning experiences in all of their classes, not just the ones for which we offer tutoring!
How are tutors trained?
Our tutors are trained according to the standards of the College Reading and Learning Association's International Tutor Training Program Certification. Our center is currently authorized to award Level I (Certified Tutor) and Level II (Advanced Certified Tutor) certification to our tutors through October 31, 2016. All tutors are required to work toward their Level I certification through specific training; Level II is optional.
Expectations for Tutoring Sessions
- Please come prepared with questions and class materials: notes, textbooks, and any other supplementary materials.
- Your tutor may ask a few introductory questions to determine what your goals are for the session or the course, and to understand where you are in the class, what material you’ve already mastered, and what you need help with more specifically.
- Your tutors will be open, friendly, empathetic, and knowledgeable in their subject area.
- Your tutors will offer support, feedback, clarity, advice, and tips learned from previous experiences.
- Your tutor, leader, or consultant will close the session by planning the next one and/or advising you about how to move forward independently until your next meeting.
The Role of ARC Tutors
- Your tutors will do their best to offer help that benefits you both in the short-term, for your immediate needs, and in the long-term, for improving your overall skills.
- Your tutors will use your needs, effort, and investment to guide the session.
- Your tutors will address your questions regarding the course material, the organization of the course, and work with you to figure out how you can study most effectively.
- Your tutor will provide you with strategies regarding studying, note-taking, time management, and test-taking that you can apply on your own time to improve your learning.
What You SHOULD NOT Expect from ARC Tutors
- Tutors will not reteach the material or tell you exactly what’s going to be on the test. Tutors cannot present the material in the same depth and style as your professor can, and may refer you to the professor for complex questions about content, course organization, or grading procedures.
- Tutors will not complete graded homework assignments with you. The tutors will help you understand the underlying concepts of a problem and the steps to solving it, but they cannot do the work for you.
- Tutors are not available 24/7. The tutors want to help you, but they have classes to attend too. Budget your time, and make an appointment as soon as you can if you are concerned for your success in a subject area. Be prompt and have your materials ready.
- You cannot drop off papers or homework to be corrected or edited.
- Tutors will not judge or criticize your work. They will always do their best to meet your needs. Tutors may refer you to other resources when necessary.
Tutoring Appointment Policies
After any combination of two missed ("no-show") appointments or last-minute cancellations (defined as cancellations made the day-of an appointment), students will be prohibited from scheduling additional appointments until they meet with the Tutor Coordinator to discuss our policies for making and attending appointments. If a student has recurring weekly sessions and misses or cancels late twice (or any combination of the two) the rest of their weekly appointments will be canceled. They can be reinstated upon meeting with the Tutor Coordinator.
Tutors are not expected to wait longer than 15 minutes before determining that an appointment is a no-show and leaving. If you are running late please contact the ARC or the tutor.
Appointments are 30 or 60 minutes long. Two appointments may not be made back to back for the same course so that the student and the tutor can have a sufficient break from the material. We encourage all students to make weekly recurring appointments so that they may keep up with course material throughout the semester.