Peer Tutoring


Find us in Building 03, Room 300, Group Study Spaces 1, 2 & 3

Mission Statement

The Orfalea Peer Tutoring Program is committed to empowering students to reach their full potential through peer academic support and guidance.

Location

Tutoring is held in the Student Lounge on the third floor of the Orfalea College of Business (Building 03, Room 300, Group Study Spaces 1, 2 & 3) unless otherwise stated.

CONTACT:
JUSTIN GOMEZ, Professional Academic Advisor & Success Coach
ngomez13@calpoly.edu | Ext. 6-5356

 

Chris
Assistant Coordinator

Felicia
Peer Tutor for Transfer Students
ECON 311, STAT 252

Alex
Peer Tutor
BUS 321, BUS 322

Emily 
Peer Tutor
ECON 222

Jordyn
Peer Tutor
STAT 251, STAT 252

Justice
Peer Tutor
MATH 118, MATH 221, ECON 221, ECON 222

Karissa
Peer Tutor
ECON 221, ECON 222

Kenneth
Peer Tutor
BUS 214

Kourtney
Peer Tutor
BUS 342

Mason
Peer Tutor
ECON 311

Monica
Peer Tutor
BUS 391

Rodrigo
Peer Tutor
STAT 251, STAT 252

Tina
Peer Tutor
BUS 214, BUS 215

Tyler
Peer Tutor
BUS 215

How do I make the most of drop-in tutoring?

Drop-In Tutoring is similar to a professor’s office hours and you can get quick answers for projects, homework, or class material.

Individual Appointments

During an individual appointment, you can get one-on-one support to address serious academic challenges in a particular subject area. Upon request, Tutors can provide you with supplemental worksheets, practice problems, and additional resources to strengthen your learning.

Group Appointments

During a group appointment, you and up to 4 of your friends or classmates can receive guidance with challenging homework problems and receive assistance with troubling course topics. Upon request, Tutors can provide you with supplemental worksheets, practice problems, and additional resources to strengthen your learning.

Open Peer Tutor Positions for Winter 2018:

1 position (MATH 116/117/118/221)
1 position (STAT 251/252)
1 position (BUS 342) Background in Dr. Gorman’s sections preferred.
1 position (BUS 214/215) Background in Dr. Maber’s sections preferred.
1 position (ECON 221/222)

Position Description

Peer Tutors facilitate student learning in a specified subject-area in group or one-to-one settings. Peer Tutors assist students in improving their academic achievement by reviewing and clarifying learning problems, and providing useful study skills. Additionally, peer tutors serve as a model for students in the techniques, strategies, attitudes, and beliefs that successful independent learners employ as they acquire new knowledge, solve problems, and complete academic tasks. Other assistance might include reviewing class material, discussing text, reviewing test questions, or working on solutions to problems.

Position Requirements

These criteria must be met before applying for a Peer Tutor position:

  • OCOB Undergraduate/Graduate student in good academic standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • High academic achievement in subject of interest
  • Open availability for training, professional development and meetings
  • Excellent communication, public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Responsible, punctual, and professional

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Schedule of Availability
  • Letter of Recommendation

Please gather and be ready to submit your materials to ocobtutoring@calpoly.edu when positions are open.

Note: Ask the instructor of record to write you a letter of recommendation for the subject(s) you wish to tutor. Have the instructor of record email the letter of recommendation (as an attachment) to ocobtutoring@calpoly.edu. The letter should contain the following information: It must address your participation in class, attendance, student responsibility, communication skills, peer interaction, grade in the course(s), and why the professor thinks you would be a very good to great tutor.

Do you have to pay to come to tutoring?

No, the tutoring program is FREE for ALL students to utilize.

Who facilitates Peer Tutoring?

All Peer Tutors are current Orfalea College of Business students and are able to provide you with extensive support in adapting to study skills, developing learning strategies and approaches, and strengthening your understanding of course content. Each Tutor offers 4 hours of Drop-In Tutoring per week and is available for 30 minute or 45 minute appointments.

How do I schedule a one-on-one appointment?

To schedule an appointment please click the green appointment button at the top of this page or visit a Peer Tutor during drop-in. Tutors can meet with students between 8AM – 8PM, Monday through Thursday, depending on availability.

How many people can participate in group appointments?

Students can schedule an appointment with up to 4 friends, so 5 students total.

Do you get units for attending Orfalea Tutoring?

There are some Supplemental Workshops on campus for which you can receive credit, but you will not receive units for attending the tutoring provided by the Orfalea Tutoring Program. Additionally, attendance is not required for Drop-In Tutoring—students can attend regularly or periodically. Drop-In Tutoring is designed to be accessible and available for students, depending on their needs throughout the quarter.

Where is Drop-In Tutoring held?

Drop-In Tutoring is held in the newly-renovated computer lab on the 3rd floor. The tutoring spaces are marked as “Space 1,” “Space 2,” and “Space 3.” There are schedules posted to indicate what tutoring is in what space. Tutors are not permitted to meet with students off-campus.