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Academic Support & Access Center

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  • Academic Support & Access Center
    202-885-3360
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    asac@american.edu
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

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Tutoring Services

       

The Academic Support and Access Center's peer tutor referral service matches students who need a tutor with peer tutors who have proven success in the discipline requested.  When a student requests a tutor, Tutoring Services provides names of possible tutors, typically within 48 hours. If a tutor is not available for the course requested, Tutoring Services makes every effort to identify a qualified tutor, however there may be occasions when one is not available. On average, Tutoring Services fulfills nearly 500 requests for tutors per year. Students may contact Tutoring Services at 202-885-3365 or e-mail tutoring@american.edu.

Tutoring Services FAQs

Who are the peer tutors?
ASAC peer tutors have demonstrated mastery in their field of study and have undergone a selection process that includes faculty recommendations. Peer tutors help students not only understand course material, but also develop more effective ways to learn it and to prepare for exams. The tutor's role is to respond to students' specific needs and to give students the opportunity to practice and to try new study techniques that will help them become independent learners.

Can I find a tutor for . . . ?

Tutoring Services has tutors for most popular courses and from all major disciplines. If, however, a tutor is unavailable for a course requested, Tutoring Services makes every effort to identify a qualified tutor, however, please note that there may be occasions when one is not available

Is there a charge for peer tutoring?
Peer tutoring entails a modest fee. The rate for an undergraduate peer tutor is $11 per hour; the rate for a graduate student tutor is $13 per hour. The frequency of tutoring is determined by the student and tutor.

How do I request a peer tutor?
Students seeking tutors can fill out the online Tutor Request Form
Within 48 hours, students receive an e-mail from tutoring@american.edu with specific tutor contact information, as well as policies and procedures to follow. Students can then contact tutors and arrange their first session.

What do students say about peer tutoring?
In a recent survey, students who have used Tutoring Services made such comments as... "It's flexible, and a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom." "Student tutors are friendly, understand simple questions, and have a lot of patience to explain things." "It is helpful because it gives structure to a specific subject."

Is there other tutoring available on campus?
Yes.  In addition to working with professors, students have access to free tutoring in writing, math, statistics, and some foreign languages. Students enrolled in some courses may also be able to attend free Supplemental Instruction (SI) group tutoring sessions. Look for more information through the Resources list on this page.

What if I have a question regarding my tutor or Tutoring Services?
Students are encouraged to contact the Tutoring Services Coordinator or Program Assistant at x3365 or e-mail tutoring@american.edu.

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