Students who have been recommended by a faculty member and approved by the referring department may enroll in Clayton State University 2500: Essentials of Peer Tutoring, a two hour institutional credit course offered each Fall and Spring semester through the Center for Academic Success (CAS). The course includes workshops, analysis of videotaped tutoring sessions, personalized supervision, a Web-based bulletin board for frequent questions and answers, and a user-friendly textbook based on a two year project investigating the most effective tutoring techniques.
In addition to knowledge of subject matter, which is validated by the referring Clayton State University professor, tutors need in-depth preparation in the process of tutoring itself. This includes understanding how to set up and conduct each session and what interpersonal and communication patterns strengthen a learner's confidence and study skills. The tutor training course teaches these through a combination of practical activities and assignments requiring thoughtful reflection.
A number of valuable skills and relevant issues are covered in Clayton State University 2500, including:
Students interested in becoming a tutor may get more information by contacting the Peer Tutoring Coordinator in the CAS.