Peer Tutoring

Located in the Academic Support Center
Lower Level of Gordon B. Olson Library

Summer in-person tutoring may be available upon request.

Online Tutoring with NetTutor

Peer tutoring is funded by student fees - there is no extra charge for services!

Peer Review Sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by peer leaders who have previously done well in the course.

All Sessions and Office Hours are located in the Academic Support Center, lower level of the library.

Fall Peer Review Sessions will be announced closer to the start of the semester.

About the Peer Tutoring Program:

The tutoring program is aimed at providing students with the essential learning tools and resources integral to their academic success. Through the use of highly qualified and trained tutors, the tutoring program seeks to empower the students being served in their pursuit of becoming independent learners. All tutors hired have been highly successful in the courses they tutor.

PROCEDURES

  • Students will sign in/out with their student ID each time they drop in for peer tutoring.
  • No appointments needed - stop in during scheduled hours for assistance with a subject that is listed on the schedule.
  • Tutors may be assisting more than one student, so please be patient.
  • Discourteous behavior to tutors will forfeit your right to receive tutoring.
  • No tutoring is available during University breaks for the week of finals - please plan ahead.
  • Weather policy: If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, Tutoring Services will be closed.

EXPECTATIONS

  • The tutor's main role is to facilitate learning and share study skills.
  • Be prepared to learn. The tutor will not simply give you an answer.
  • Please do not bring Take Home Tests to a tutoring session as tutors are not allowed to assist with tests.
  • Class attendance is important. Tutors will not take the place of your instructor(s) but are willing to offer you additional resources and assistance as you work to understand specific concepts.
  • Attend sessions early and often. You should consider more than one session right before a test - learning is most effective when you are exposed to material multiple times in many formats.
  • Come prepared with specific questions for the tutor as they will not go over all material.
  • What to bring with you (if applicable): Textbook and/or lab manual, lecture notes, old tests, calculator, periodic table chart, paper and a writing utensil, and syllabus.
  • Arrive prepared for tutoring sessions, i.e., read the class material, attempt to do the homework assignment, etc.

What is a Peer Tutor?
Peer Tutors work closely with other students to help them achieve positive outcomes in their academic careers and empower them to become independent learners. Tutoring is a very rewarding and enjoyable endeavor. The satisfaction that comes as a result in making a difference in someone's academic life is enormous. Tutoring is also a great way to sharpen your own knowledge of a subject. Tutors earn an hourly wage.

Am I Eligible to be a Tutor?
Peer Tutors are Minot State University students (sophomore- to graduate-level) who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and have received a grade of "B" or better in the course for which they tutor. A good tutor must be able to teach another student how to study and review the course material.  You are not to do the work for the tutee, you are instead charged with creating for them an atmosphere that fosters critical thinking and application of the material being reviewed.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor:

  • Check the MSU Human Resources employment opportunities website https://www.minotstateu.edu/hr/jobs/ under student employment to see if there are any current openings and apply through the site. If there are no current openings, feel free to send an email to tammy.wolf@ndus.edu with notification of your interest in a peer tutoring position.
  • Obtain a recommendation from a faculty member who knows your knowledge and ability to tutor the subject.
  • Upon receipt of your application, the Tutoring Coordinator may contact you for an interview appointment (the interview takes about 30 minutes).
  • If hired by the Tutoring Coordinator, you will receive tutor training for which you will be paid. This training is a prerequisite before tutoring begins.
  • Tutors will be required to participate in ongoing training which may occur in the form of workshops, monthly meetings and or online training.

NetTutor is an online tutoring service available to all MSU students. Students can meet with a live tutor on-demand, schedule an appointment, or drop off a question or paper for a tutor to review. The goal is to help students discover their own unique learning process to find solutions.

You will find more information regarding NetTutor and instructions at:

Online Tutoring With NetTutor

Please let the Academic Support Center know if there is a student you feel would be a good fit as a tutor by filling out the form below. Our goal is to gather a list of excellent students to contact for an interview when we need to fill positions.

Recommend a Tutor

Tammy Wolf, Tutoring Coordinator
Academic Support Center
Library Lower Level
701-858-3360
tammy.wolf@ndus.edu