Peer Tutoring Program

Mission

To promote academic success while encouraging students to become self-motivated and confident learners.

Overview

One-on-one peer tutorials will provide you with a safe space to explore and develop your individual approach to learning.  Your tutor will serve as a model for academic success and assist you in adapting to the expectations of college life.  Tutors will help to facilitate your growth into a self-reliant, confident scholar eager to contribute to the community at Maria College and the world beyond.

Note:  Support for the development/production of this program was provided by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the New York State Education Department.  Maria College is committed to equal opportunity/affirmative action and promotes admissions, academic, and employment policies and practices that do not discriminate against any person because of sex, race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin, sexual preference, or physical handicap.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Tutorials average one hour and will focus on your learning process.  Your tutor will assist you in developing the critical thinking skills necessary for academic success.  Through collaboration, you and your tutor will analyze complex problems and concepts in order to discover an effective approach to understanding them.  Peer tutors will not only assist you in addressing difficult assignments or course materials, they will also provide you with an audience for your academic concerns and provide you with guidance through their experiences as members of the Maria College community.  Tutors can be considered experts in the following areas of scholarly life:
  • Study Methods
  • Test-Taking Tactics
  • Time Management Skills
  • Effective Organization Practices
  • Locating and Using Outside Resources
  • Brainstorming and Invention Techniques
  • Critical Thinking Strategies
  • Alleviating Academic Anxiety

HOW TO MEET WITH A TUTOR

Regular Weekly Meetings

If you would like to meet with a peer tutor regularly, once a week, please fill out the Peer Tutor Request Form or contact Jon Coller, Peer Tutor Coordinator, directly at jcoller@mariacollege.edu.

Walk-In Hours

If you would like to meet with a peer tutor infrequently, stop by the Learning Resource Center on these days/times for a one-hour session (TBD).

Please Note: Walk-In hours operate on a first-come, first-served basis; you cannot schedule an appointment in advance.  Please bring all necessary materials with you and plan out a rudimentary agenda ahead of time. 

Online Sessions via Skype for Business

Using Skype for Business, tutors can assist you from afar and address many of your academic questions have from the comfort of your own home or local coffee shop. Simply sign-in to Skype for Business and add “Peer Tutoring” to your contacts.  For detailed instructions on how to meet with a tutor using Skype for Business, please see the "Skype Tutoring" section below.

Exact times and days to be determined.

Please note: Online sessions operate on a first-come, first-served basis; you cannot schedule an appointment in advance.

OPEN TUTORING HOURS

The Office of Student Life is pleased to announce new and improved Open Tutoring Hours. You will now be able to attend tutoring sessions focused on specific subject matter.  Drop by the Learning Resource Center to receive assistance with the following subjects in one-on-one or group tutoring sessions: Life Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and TEAS Prep. These sessions are offered on a weekly basis and arranged to accommodate day, evening, and weekend class schedules. See below for the current Open Tutoring Hour schedule. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a tutor in advance, simply call (518-861-2521) or stop by the Learning Resource Center to speak with an LRC staff member. Walk-Ins are also accepted. (While you are not required to make an appointment for the Walk-In hours, it is strongly encouraged.) 
Nursing & Life Sciences Mondays: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Thursdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Occupational Therapy & Life Sciences Tuesdays: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Weekend College Sundays: 10:00 - 2:00pm
Social Sciences Mondays: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Thursdays: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics

Tuesdays: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Wednesdays: 12:00 - 4:00pm; 6:00 - 8:oopm
Thursdays: 3:00 - 6:00pm
Fridays: 12:00 - 2:00pm
Weekend College Sundays: 10:00am - 2:00pm

TEAS Prep Fridays: 8:00am - 12:00pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Absolutely nothing. The Peer Tutoring Program is a free academic resource.

Q: How often can I meet with a tutor?
A: Once per week.  However, if you feel you need more help, feel free to contact the Peer Tutor Coordinator.

Q: Who is my tutor?
A: Your tutor will be a Maria College student identified by faculty as a good model for academic achievement.  Each tutor receives extensive training in process-based tutoring strategies and is fully equipped to address the needs of your individual learning style. 

Q: When and where do I meet the tutor?
A: Once your peer tutor request has been processed, your tutor will contact you and arrange a place/time to meet. You and your tutor can arrange time/location to meet regularly throughout the semester for ongoing support.

Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Anything necessary for understanding the task at hand.  This includes, but is not limited to: syllabus, assignment prompt, text book, notebook, and other class-related materials. If you think something may be helpful, bring it.

Q: How do I prepare for a session?
A: Review and identify specific areas or concepts you are having difficulty with.  Try to set an agenda for yourself along with realistic goals for each tutorial session.  Discuss these with your tutor when you arrive.  You may also want to bring along a list of specific questions you would like to address.

Q: How do I become a peer tutor?
A: Contact Jonathan Coller, Peer Tutor Coordinator, to obtain information on the prerequisites for peer tutor training.

Q: How long before I can meet with a Peer Tutor once I make a request?
A: The average time between making a request and meeting with a tutor is 1-2 weeks. Please do your best to plan ahead and provide as much availability as possible when making a request. 

SKYPE TUTORING

Skype Hours
Saturdays*: 12pm-4pm
* = Non-College Weekend Saturdays (10/1, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, & 12/3)

What you will need:

A stable internet connection.

A PC or Mac with video conferencing capability.

Skype for Business or Lync 2013*

*These programs are provided by Maria College as part of your Office 365 package.  If you need assistance downloading the Office package to your personal computer, please contact IT Services.  You will find either program located in the Microsoft Office 2013 folder (Start button -> All Programs -> Microsoft Office 2013).

How to find the Tutor:

Sign-in to Skype using your Office 365 User ID – e.g. doej@mariacollege.edu – and password.

Once signed-in, type “Peer Tutoring” in the Search box.  Right-click the name when it appears and select “Add to Favorites.”  Then click “Favorites.”  The Tutor should now be saved to your contacts.

Tutor Availability:

If the Tutor is available for a conversation, you will see a green bubble with a check mark next to the “Peer Tutoring” tag.  If the tutor is unavailable, you will see a red bubble with a minus sign indicating he or she is currently busy helping another student.  If the tutor is currently unavailable, you will need to wait until his or her current session is over.  Please be patient.

How to Contact the Tutor for Help:

If the tutor is available, please send them an Instant Message (IM) indicating your name and what you would like to work on.

Double-click on Peer Tutoring.  Type your message in the new window. Hit “enter” to send.

The tutor will respond promptly and then initiate a video conference call. 

You will see a window appear in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.  To begin the video conference, simply click this window.

Please note, you will be limited to a 1-hour session and you cannot schedule appointments in advance.  Online tutorials are only offered on a walk-in basis for the time being.

For a more detailed guide to Skype for Business:

Go to Microsoft Office Support - https://support.office.com/

Search “Skype for Business”

Click on “What’s Skype for Business?”