Tutors in the Classroom Program
Mount San Antonio Community College has long recognized and used both tutoring and supplemental instruction to support its students’ learning. With the tutor’s assistance, the student is provided with clear structure and techniques for how to approach challenging material, while stimulating the learning process. A good tutor can help a student to develop the self-awareness (meta-cognitive skills) needed to succeed in independently applying learning strategies. Similarly, supplemental instruction (or SI) is a peer-facilitated academic support program that attempts to improve student performance and retention by offering regularly scheduled, out-of class review sessions. In early 2009, the Writing Center tried to combine the best elements of both with some specific writing support – and the Tutors in the Classroom concept was born!
The Tutors in the Classroom program is designed to support students' writing in 3 ways:
- A tutor is placed with an instructor in one section of composition and will be in the classroom for several hours a week to assist the instructor and to become familiar with the class work and assignments.
- Tutors will lead group writing sessions outside of class time to facilitate understanding of class assignments for students. Group writing sessions are held in one of the computer classrooms located in the Writing Center.
- Students can make individual tutoring appointments with their TC during specified hours at the Writing Center or online.
There are several essential elements of the tutor in the classroom:
- TCs target subjects rather than students
- TC sessions are peer-facilitated
- The TC serves as a model student
- TC sessions integrate content and learning skills
For more information about our TC Program please contact Nicole Blean at firstname.lastname@example.org.