The Learning Assistance Center is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program Certification for Levels I, II, and III. LAC Peer Tutors must complete at least 10 hours of paid training and tutor for at least 25 hours during their first year of employment in order to be certified as a Level I Peer Tutor. In future years of employment, tutors can work to obtain Level II and III certification, according to specified training guidelines.
Training is divided into three components:
- Online initial training which must be completed before the initial in person training.
- Initial in person training: Offered during the first week of classes and soon after any additional hiring during the semester.
- On-going Training: Offered on a regular basis throughout the academic year.
Online and In Person Initial Training
All newly hired LAC tutors complete the online and in person initial training within the first week of employment.
Training topics include:
- The history of the LAC
- LAC services and staff
- Tutor Expectations and tutoring strategies
- Tutoring scenarios
- Office policies and procedures
- Learning and other disabilities
- Learning Styles and how to work with a client’s style.
- Study skills and how to incorporate them into a subject-specific tutoring session.
- Other campus resources and how to make referrals
The activities involved in training are diverse and interactive. Some examples include role playing, discussion and games.
Training is offered on a regular basis throughout the academic year. Some sessions are scheduled on Mondays at 3:00 PM (Commons Hour) and an alternate time is also determined so we can reach all tutors on staff. Tutors meet to discuss various office concerns and to do further training activities. Some of the training activities may include:
- Group management
- Tutoring situations and advice sharing
- Using probing questions
- Tutoring specialized student populations
- Other training topics as developed by the LAC staff.