Academic Support Center Peer Tutors
Roles of Peer Tutors
Peer tutors are trained to help students improve their academic performance. In addition to helping students understand specific course content, tutors demonstrate successful study and test taking strategies. Peer tutors are employed by the Academic Support Center to assist students through a variety of programs offered across campus.
Academic Support Center: Located in Marks 124, the Academic Support Center’s tutors work with APSU students in small groups. While these tutors concentrate on supporting students in core courses, they may also be called upon to support students in other under-graduate courses. The Academic Support Center does not support students enrolled in graduate level courses.
- Writing Center: Located in the Library, the Writing Center’s tutors work one-on-one with APSU students. These tutors assist students in improving their writing skills. The tutors support students enrolled in any course, using any writing style. The Writing Center supports students enrolled in either under-graduate or graduate courses.
- Full Spectrum Learning: Working either in the Library or Marks 124, the tutors supporting the Full Spectrum Learning program work one-on-one with APSU students who are on the autism spectrum. These tutors are selected based on the needs of the students, and may be called upon to support a wide variety of under-graduate courses.
- TRIO Student Support Services: Located in Ellington 337, the tutors supporting the TRIO Student Support Services program work one-on-one with APSU students who are enrolled in the program.
- Athletics: The tutors who support the Athletic program may be asked to work with APSU athletes either one-on-one or in a small group setting.
- Veterans Upward Bound: Located in McReynolds 104, the tutors supporting the Veterans Upward Bound program work either one-on-one or in small groups with people who have served in the military. These tutors help prepare the people they work with to successfully take college placement tests and to succeed in college level courses.
- KEEP: Located at Fort Campbell, the tutors selected to support the KEEP program help prepare people to successfully complete the college placement test.
- Community Tutoring: Located in the Library, the tutors selected for the Community Tutoring program work one-on-one with anyone in the local community who needs assistance with academic material. Frequently, the students supported by this program are enrolled either in the K-12 system or another college. For more information about this program, click on this link.
The Academic Support Center’s tutor training program has earned level 3 certification through the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), which is offered by the College Reading and Learning Associate (CRLA). Fewer than 400 programs worldwide have earned this certification. Peer Tutors employed by the Academic Support Center participate in a rigorous training program, which allows them to earn one certification level per semester, culminating with those who complete the training program earning the designation Master Certified Tutor at the end of their third semester tutoring.
Students applying to become a Peer Tutor must be currently enrolled students at the university with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must be recommended by a faculty member in each subject area they will tutor. Additionally, applicants must have earned an “A” or “B” in each course they will tutor or in a subsequent course for which the course is a prerequisite.
Peer tutors are paid bi-weekly. Starting pay for tutors is $8.60 per hour. They receive pay raises for completing certification. They also receive pay raises for earning college degrees.