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For Current and Future Tutors
Students Helping Students
Tutors gain skills they need for future employment
Tutoring attracts a special subset of UMD's student population: those who want to contribute to the academic success of their peers. UMD Tutors are high-achieving undergraduates who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and who have done especially well in the key courses they tutor. All tutors are referred to the Tutoring Center by their departments or an instructor.
New tutors come into the program fully qualified in their subject areas and then receive a full semester of training and support by enrolling in SSP 3003: Peer Tutor Pedagogy, which requires a 5-hour per week time commitment (2 hours of training and 3 hours of tutoring).
Trained tutors continue in the program during subsequent semesters by registering for SSP 3004: Tutor Practicum with a time commitment of 4 hours of tutoring per week (max 6 credits). Tutors could earn a total of 8 upper-division credits for tutoring in SSP 3003 and 3004 courses.
In addition to other benefits of tutoring, tutors indicate they develop a deeper knowledge in the courses they tutor which, in turn, promotes greater success in subsequent courses. They also gain valuable professional skills for future careers.
For more information please contact:
Jill Jenson, Director
Academic Writing and Learning Center
Office: 209 Kathryn A. Martin Library