Faculty Resources

The faculty at Utah Valley University play a critical role in the collaboration necessary for Academic Tutoring to fulfill its mission. We value your input and support immensely. One of the main reasons students are aware of our services is because of their professors, so we invite all faculty and staff to come visit us, volunteer your time, and take advantage of our faculty-specific services.

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Faculty Services

Science Lab

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Post Syllabus Statements & Canvas Announcements. Typically at the beginning or end or each semester, we assess the needs of the department and advertise any openings.

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Business Lab

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Schedule a Class Visit. During the first few weeks of the semester, Academic Tutoring staff try to visit courses to inform students about our free resources.  Most visits take 10-15 minutes and cover the types of support offered and what to expect in sessions. To schedule a visit, please contact our peer-tutoring coordinator, Laurie Toro.

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Computer Science Lab

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Request Workshops. Members of our staff visit with a detailed presentation/activity specific to the needs of the course. The workshops are designed in collaboration with faculty and the Academic Tutoring Director, Skyler Meeks. 

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Engineering & Tech Lab

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Host In-Lab Office Hours. Interested in holding office hours in our labs? You are welcome to do so! We love professors in our spaces because students visiting can benefit from your expertise—as can the tutors. Please contact our administrative assistant, Julia De Santiago, to let us know when you’ll be coming in.

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Humanities & Soc Sci

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Add Supplemental Instruction Support. Academic Tutoring sponsors a limited number of Supplemental Instruction leaders each semester. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in pairing with your course, contact our SI coordinator Aubrey Ryan.

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Online Tutoring

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Recommend a Potential Tutor. We rely heavily on faculty referrals to find great tutors. When you have an exceptional, motivated student who has great people skills, please tell us about them (or send them our way).

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Why Should My Students Use Tutoring Resources?

Science Lab

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A space specifically for students. Students can often feel anxiety asking for help from someone so closely related to their grades. Academic Tutoring provides an environment free from this unease that helps students be comfortable asking questions, big or small, without feeling self-conscious.

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Business Lab

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Improves academic performance. Your student’s grades and understanding of the subject will significantly improve when working with a tutor. Students who use Academic Tutoring resources 5 or more times a semester typically see a half-letter grade improvement compared to non-tutored peers.

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Computer Science Lab

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Challenges high performing students. Even if a student is doing well in a class, tutoring can help them develop additional academic skills. It also provides the challenge that students need if they are under-stimulated in class.

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FAQ for Faculty

Want to find out more about drop-in tutoring? How is Supplemental Instruction different from a teaching assistant? How you can help out more? Feel free to explore below or contact our peer-tutoring coordinator Laurie Toro if you have further questions.

Q.  What is peer-tutoring?

Peer-tutoring is, perhaps, one of the most traditional form of academic support. In our model, students who have previously taken the course and received a B or better will work alongside students to help them interact more deeply with their ideas. It’s important to note that tutors aren’t there to provide answers—they’re there to engage with questions and strategies.

Q.  What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program initially developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, and it has been used in universities all over the world. SI consists of weekly study sessions led by students who have previously taken the course and received a B or better in the course. SI Leaders attend class and meet with professors to ensure SI sessions cover the important course concepts, discuss readings, and develop test prep strategies.

Q.  How are students selected to be peer-tutors and Supplemental Instruction leaders?

Each position has slightly different requirements, but generally speaking each position requires that students have previously taken the course and received a B or better. More often than not, our tutors exceed these qualifications. We also consider other materials like transcripts, professor recommendations, and tentative schedule when selecting our team.

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Q.  What can and can’t students get help with?

The primary responsibility of our student staff is to guide students through exercises that emphasize and reinforce important concepts covered in class. They work with students to see what they currently understand and how to get them to the next stage of comprehension. This typically means that students receive support with readings, homework assignments, and project brainstorming.

We are very mindful of academic misconduct, and so students should not expect staff to proof homework or assist with exams. In fact, they will need explicit permission from their professor to work on evaluative assignments like quizzes, tests, and exams.

Q.  I would like more support for students in my course—what do I do?

First, thank you for your interest in our programs. We appreciate your support and would love to help where we can. With that said, we do have a few requests for the faculty we support.

Our first request is that you are mindful of the limited resources in the department. While we would like to support every section of every course, the reality is that a number of factors force us to prioritize certain classes each semester. With that in mind, we do try to allocate support where it will have the biggest impact on student experience, and there’s a good chance we’ll be able to work something out.

The next request is that you contact us before the semester begins. The Academic Tutoring department has a lot of moving parts, and it’s incredibly difficult to begin support for a class in the middle of a semester. Instead, please contact us the semester before the one in which you would like support. For peer-tutoring inquiries, please reach out to Laurie Toro; for questions about Supplemental Instruction, please contact Aubrey Ryan; for more general inquiries, don’t hesitate to message Skyler Meeks.

Q. I would love to help Academic Tutoring more—what can I do?

We are always so appreciative of faculty and staff who are interested in helping us help students. One way of doing so is to help us improve the quality of our staff training program. Throughout the semester, we like to invite professors to hold workshops for our tutors and leaders as a way to hone the tutoring staff's skills. If you would be interested in working with our staff to improve their content knowledge, please reach out to our director, Skyler Meeks.

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