Academic Resource Center
Who can get a tutor?
Individual and small-group tutoring is free and available to all Muhlenberg students. Tutor assignments are made based on tutor availability and student demand. ARC staff work hard to identify tutors in all of the major subject areas. Individual tutoring is available in both the fall and spring semesters.
What do tutors do?
Tutors help students clarify and reinforce critical course concepts, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, hone active approaches to learning, and work towards high levels of academic achievement in partnership with course instructors.
How many tutors does the ARC employ?
ARC employs between 250 and 300 peer tutors in the fall and spring semesters.
How many students request tutors?
ARC fills approximately 1,200 individual tutor requests per year. Academic support is part of the culture at Muhlenberg. There is no stigma associated with tutoring. It’s highly recommended by upper-class students. Many of our tutors have been tutored themselves.
How are tutors selected?
Applicants must receive a faculty nomination from within the subject area, meet specific GPA and course grade criteria, complete an application, and pass an interview with ARC staff.
Are there specific GPA and course grade requirements to become a tutor?
All tutors are required to have a minimum GPA of a 3.0. Due to the competitive nature of the position, most tutors have a GPA of a 3.5 or higher and an A in the course being tutored.
How are tutors trained?
Muhlenberg’s peer tutoring program enjoys a national reputation. We are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association through the master tutor level. All new tutors are required to attend seven hours of mandatory training prior to the start of their employment. Continued training is facilitated by our head tutors each week during the semester.
How do students go about getting a peer tutor?
Tutor request forms are available in between the end of the drop/add period (10 days into the semester) and two weeks after mid-terms. After filling out the required form, students take the request to their instructor for endorsement. Both the student and the tutor are notified of their assignment by email within one week. The meeting time and place is then determined by mutual agreement between the tutor and the student.