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Peer Tutoring

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The Peer Tutoring Program offers academic support for medical students through small group sessions or one-on-one tutoring led by peer tutors. Tutors are accomplished upper level medical and/or graduate students who have successfully completed the course(s) they tutor or who have special expertise in selected content areas. This assistance allows medical students to develop a deeper understanding of course concepts with the support of tutors who clarify difficult course material and provide motivation as role models.

Brody School of Medicine students can receive tutoring free of charge. One-on-one assistance is available in most cases when requested well in advance.

How do I request a peer tutor?

Students who would like to receive the assistance of a tutor may apply through the Office of Student Development and Academic Counseling  (OSDAC), by completing the Peer Tutoring Request form. All tutoring assignments are made by the OSDAC from tutor request forms that have been properly submitted. This service is available free of charge to current medical students. The Peer Tutoring Program runs during the fall and spring semesters, but is not available during the summer. Requests for tutoring in the Fall semester will be accepted beginning in August with the start of the semester and in January for the Spring semester.

Who are the peer tutors?

Students who serve as tutors have successfully completed the courses for which they provide tutoring and receive recommendations from their professors. Tutors must show academic proficiency in the course and have good interpersonal communication skills. Tutors are expected to maintain confidentiality, work well with peers and faculty and be prompt for tutoring sessions. Tutors complete employment forms and tutoring reports and are paid through the OSDAC self-help student program. The number of available tutors per semester varies.

Become a Peer Tutor
A peer tutor is one student offering support to another student for an academic subject. Tutors complete a training session and are matched with students who need tutoring. Tutors are paid hourly.

What are the qualities of a good tutor?

A good tutor is more than a good student. A good tutor should possess the following traits:
  • Patience
  • Dependability and punctuality
  • Good communication skills: listening, speaking, and observing
  • Ability to be discreet and keep information confidential
  • Empathy and understanding towards others
  • Good study habits
  • Can work well in small groups
What are the benefits of being a Peer Tutor?
  • Improved interpersonal and communication skills
  • Satisfaction of helping others
  • Extra spending money
  • Enhanced knowledge of subject matter and review for USMLE
  • Increased team-building skills
How are students assigned to tutoring?
Priority for tutoring services is based on a student’s level of need and consideration of a student’s status in regard to the Academic Achievement Policy. Students experiencing greater difficulty in coursework typically receive first priority for tutoring.

When are students assigned tutoring?
Students are assigned to tutoring following completion of the first exam block in a course. The purpose of this is to allow students an opportunity to discover their own learning preferences and better understand which personal learning approaches could be enhanced through tutoring. Once tutor assignments are made after the first exam in a course, tutor assignments are then made throughout the semester at the conclusion of each exam in a course so that students have an opportunity to receive tutoring assistance in preparation for the next exam.

Once assigned to a tutor, how long and how often is a student able to work with a tutor?
Students are assigned to tutors for an examination block (the period of time) that precedes an upcoming exam.

If I have more specific questions about tutoring, who should I contact?
Students can contact Terri Edwards, Learning Skills Specialist, in the Office of Student Development and Academic Counseling at 744-2500.
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