ERIC Number: ED263938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
A Successful Peer Tutor Program to Improve Retention.
The purpose of a peer tutoring program is to assist those students who require ongoing and formal instruction in a subject area. If effectively run, it can have an impact on retention. There are five areas that need to be addressed when initiating a peer tutor program: (1) organization and funding; (2) supervision; (3) tutor training; (4) tutor program evaluation; and (5) public relations. The Community College of the Finger Lakes' (CCFL's) peer tutor program serves to illustrate effective techniques in these five areas. Since its initiation in 1981, CCFL's program has grown from employing 6 tutors and providing 68 hours of tutoring in 1981-82 to 34 tutors and 755 hours of tutoring in 1984-85. The college's experience with the program has underscored the importance of putting the rules and policies of the program in writing; training tutors in areas such as program rules, problem solving, questioning skills, and studying for particular subject areas; providing supervision, even if it is informal; collecting tutor and client evaluations; and mounting a good advertising campaign to attract tutors and clients. Appendices include a summary of the accomplishments of CCFL's tutor program, a Student/Client Diagnosis Checklist, tutor training materials, a bibliography of resources, questionnaires for both student and tutor, and public relations advertisements. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Community Coll. of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, NY.