What is Peer Tutoring?

What is Peer Tutoring?

"Peer tutoring" is one of those terms that seems to have many definitions.  At Dickinson State, peer tutoring typically refers to 25 to 50-minute sessions between two students, one of whom is a trained tutor, and another who is studying the material the tutor is already familiar with. (Group tutoring is available by request.)

Peer tutoring is not a substitute for faculty office hours; it is an opportunity to work one-on-one with another student -- someone who can help you see and understand the course material from the student's and, to some degree, the professor's perspective simultaneously (since the peer tutor has already learned the material and has professor approval to tutor).

Peer tutoring is a relaxed, informal, and yet guided approach to your successful studies at DSU.  It generally takes place in the ASC Tutoring Center, which is located on the lower level of Stoxen Library.

The benefits of peer tutoring are well-established. Peer tutors help students understand and learn the material, maintain a positive attitude toward academic challenges, and carry their successes in one class into other coursework. In fact, recent research has demonstrated that students who come in for five or more tutorials over the course of the semester see significant growth in their academic abilities and grade level, especially when compared to students who do not make use of university tutoring services.

DSU's peer tutoring program hires and trains experienced, successful students to tutor for particular courses and subject areas. 

If you are interested in finding a tutor,contact the Tutoring  Center via email or phone (483-2999). 

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please see our "Becoming a Tutor or Peer Mentor" webpage.  Let us know if you have any questions about the hiring process.  When hiring, we do give special preference to students who have used tutoring and/or peer mentoring services themselves (because they're already familiar with what we do and they're already believers in academic support services).