UMD’s Tutoring Center is an award-winning, student-helping-student program. Data from Tutoring Center surveys indicate both student users and tutors experienced heightened interest in their majors, improved scholarship, and increased overall satisfaction with UMD as a result of their participation in tutoring.
Benefits of Peer Tutoring
Tutoring provides an additional interactive component to students’ academic experience. Tutors are trained academic coaches; they explain concepts and model techniques that support formal instruction with the goal of improving students’ grasp of the subject matter.
Tutors do NOT do homework for students, they are trained to guide students to become independent learners. In addition, tutoring is tutoring is not only for struggling students. All students benefit from collaborative learning experiences that enhance their study skills, learning strategies, and content knowledge. Learn more about the courses currently supported by tutoring, our hours and schedules, and how to make an appointment.
Suggested Syllabus Language
The following language can be included in your syllabus. Simple Syllabus also offers a ready-made paragraph that can easily be inserted.
The Tutoring Center on the second floor of Martin Library offers free tutoring sessions for this course. Your tutor will be a high-achieving student trained to assist you. To learn more about the tutoring center, find the tutor(s) qualified for this subject area, or reserve a time with a tutor, please visit the Tutoring Center website. The tutors look forward to working with you!
About our Tutors
UMD tutors are students who meet a set of criteria stipulated by each department. UMD tutors are required to take a 2-credit tutor training course (SSP 3003) in which they learn the expectations of tutors and how to apply learning theories to assist students in developing effective learning habits. You can see which tutors are available for your department by checking our course schedules or by contacting the Tutoring Center.
Request Tutoring for your Course
We currently offer tutoring for the following departments: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and World Languages. If your course belongs to one of those programs and does not have any tutors, it likely means that either we did not search for your specific course or that none of our current tutors are qualified to tutor that specific class. Please contact the Tutoring Center, and we will look for a solution.
If your course is not from one of those programs, that means we currently do not have an active collaboration with your department, but we would love to start one! We recommend discussing the possibility of tutoring with your department head and reaching out tot us so we can explain more about the process and benefits of offering tutoring.
Request an Interactive Lesson for your Course
Along with short class visits to describe the Tutoring Center, we are happy to provide interactive lessons for your students! Possible topic include:
- How to prepare for exams
- How to take good notes
- How to engage with course material
- The importance of active and collaborative learning
If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Jade or Jenna and we will set something up with you.