Academic Support Office of the Provost

FAQ

When is Study Partners peer tutoring available?

Study Partners peer tutoring is offered each semester, typically beginning two weeks into the semester and concluding before final exams. Students are encouraged to log in to Advise Assist to view exact course and tutor availability or request a specific day/time through the Knack online platform/app. Learn more about scheduling options on the “Make an Appointment” page!

Why would I seek Study Partners assistance?

There are many reasons a student might utilize Study Partners, the most popular being:

  • To build confidence in a specific subject/course/curriculum;
  • To assist in maintaining good grades;
  • To provide direction when falling behind in class;
  • To help improve academic performance on tests, with projects, etc.;
  • To aid with test preparation and knowledge retention;
  • To grow study skills such as organization and note-taking;
  • To support the understanding of course materials such as lectures and text-books;
  • To advance course specific knowledge as it relates to utilizing critical thinking, synthesis, and problem-solving techniques.

What should I bring to my tutoring session?

In order to maximize a tutoring session, the following items are often beneficial to the experience:

  • Textbooks, a list of concepts and questions, past assignments or tests, class notes;
  • Other important info provided by the instructor (syllabus, practice problems, etc.);
  • A good, if not great, attitude.

How do I participate in Study Partners?

Study Partners peer tutoring sessions for the fall 2021 semester are offered both in person and online from August 30th – December 2nd. Students can schedule 1-hour appointments through Advise Assist (Sundays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm and Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00am – 5:00pm) or through the Knack online platform/mobile app at a day and time mutually decided upon by the student and the Peer Tutor. Students are able to participate in one session per day per course as long as a tutor is available.

Who tutors for Study Partners?

Study Partners Peer Tutors are generally upper-level undergraduate students who display strong academic performance and leadership skills. Tutors are exceptional students with solid communication skills, a positive attitude, and expertise in study skill development. Each tutor is required to have two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or staff. Study Partners’ employees must be a currently registered Auburn University student and consistently maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Tutors have earned an “A” or high “B” in each course they tutor. Tutors are required to attend regular training sessions designed to improve general academic and helping skills, as well as resource knowledge and referral techniques.

How often may I visit Study Partners for tutoring?

As long as a tutor is available, students may meet with a Study Partners tutor one time per day per course. Back to back appointments or same day appointments for the same course are not allowed.

What courses does Study Partners offer?

Each semester, a listing of courses supported by peer tutoring can be found on the right-hand side of the Study Partners Peer Tutoring webpage under “Course List”. The Study Partners program mission is to provide tutoring for basic core courses required of most any major at Auburn University; however, if demand for a specific course is high Study Partners may include it in their course list. If support for a core course is not offered, students may submit a Core Course Support Request. Requests are reviewed weekly and when possible a tutor will add this course to their list of courses tutored.

Are Study Partners tutoring sessions free?

Yes, Study Partners peer tutoring is a free service for enrolled Auburn University students. There is no charge to participate in Study Partners peer tutoring.

What can I expect from my Study Partners tutor?

Students may expect the following from their experience with Study Partners:

  • Confidentiality, Patience, and Respect;
  • Knowledge about the subject area being tutored;
  • A concentrated effort to aid in understanding difficult material;
  • Good communication skills and help with study skill development;
  • Ability to help identify learning obstacles and ways to overcome them;
  • Ability to model good student behaviors

What can my tutor not do?

  • HOMEWORK: Tutors will not do homework or take responsibility for a student’s learning, nor have all the answers to every question. Students should make notes of concepts they are struggling with, as this allows the student and tutor to review such concepts and work through similar practice problems during the tutoring session. Additionally, please note that tutors cannot assist directly with graded web assignments as this is considered cheating.
  • RESCUE: Nothing takes the place of consistent hard work throughout the semester; if students fail to do this, showing up for a tutoring session a week before, or the day before, a major test or final exam will not provide the extensive help the student truly needs. Students benefit most from starting the tutoring process early in the semester and visiting often thereafter.
  • TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A STUDENT’S LEARNING: Tutors can assist students in the learning process, but they are not responsible for what an individual student learns. A successful student attends class regularly, participates in class, consistently completes homework assignments, reads and is familiar with the textbook, and develops a relationship with their instructor.
  • HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS TO EVERY QUESTION: Tutors are well trained and knowledgeable about the subject they tutor, but they cannot be expected to know everything; although they CAN be expected to model the steps a successful student can use to find a solution.

Who do I contact for more information about Study Partners?

Students are invited to contact Allison Stadler, Acting Study Partners Coordinator, at allison.stadler@auburn.edu to discuss how best to maximize the Study Partners experience.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?

If you are unable to attend an appointment, please cancel on the appropriate scheduling platform (Advise Assist or Knack) as soon as possible. We ask that you cancel no later than one (1) hour in advance.

If you experience issues with your appointment, please call 334.844.5972 or email academic_support@auburn.edu. If you reach out after our main office’s normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:45am-4:45pm), please leave a message and we will be sure to follow-up with you as soon as possible.