Parent Information regarding Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring and Peer Learning Groups (PLuGS) are free of charge to Ithaca students! 

We support Ithaca students by offering small group tutoring in key "barriers to majors" courses at Ithaca College. We select those courses based on data obtained through Institutional Research and based on our history of requests for services. Group work encourages interdependence and accountability. Individual tutoring is available in some courses.

Students can sign up for tutoring after they have completed the annual registration for tutoring on our website.  It's a very user friendly process and upon receipt of the request, our goal is to assign a student within 3 days. This can be a bit challenging during peak times when requests are high.  

Respect for the Academic Process 

Encourage your student to be thoughtful and responsible with their own academic engagement and with College human and financial resources.  They should always seek support from their faculty members and teaching assistants first.  Office hours are usually available on the course syllabus.  Tutoring is the next level of support that students can use.   It becomes challenging, however, to properly serve students when they

              * sign up for tutoring and never use the service; 

              * are always late or don't show up for tutoring sessions;

              * withdraw from tutoring without letting it work;

              * discontinue tutoring without letting us know;

              * wait until the very last minute to seek help.   

Our peer tutors are trained according to standards of the College Reading and Learning Association.  They are highly adept at recognizing problems that are unrelated to course content material such as weak note taking, test preparation, and time management skills.  They may refer your student for additional campus support.