The Tutoring Center
The Tutoring Center provides free peer and faculty tutoring for all RWU students. Students are not charged for any of our services.
Online Tutoring for Spring 2021 Courses
Starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Tutoring Center will provide tutoring through online platforms for the Spring 21 semester. All of the services of the Tutoring Center are free for RWU students. While you will see a course in your schedule called “RWU Online Tutoring SP 21,” you are not being charged for this course. In order to make tutoring accessible to all students, we have placed all undergraduate students in this course. This course will not be part of your academic record.
To access live tutoring in Zoom for Math, Science, Writing and Modern Languages, you should go to Bridges and click on the course titled “RWU Online Tutoring SP 21.” On the left side of the page, you will see a list of tabs for "Math Tutoring," "Science Tutoring," "Writing Tutoring" and "Mod. Lang. Tutoring." Click on the tab for the tutoring you are looking for and then click on the name of the tutor when their schedule indicates they are available. You can also check out this video guide to using the site.
The Writing Center will also offer email-based assistance through this RWU website. You will attach your paper to an email to send to email@example.com; we ask that you include information like the name of the course, the required documentation format (MLA, APA, Chicago), and the assignment instructions. A writing tutor will review your paper, provide comments, and return it to you via email. This tutoring is not "in-person"; if you want to speak with a tutor, use the Bridges course.
Tutoring Questions? We have a Zoom Helpline!
Do you have questions about how to access tutoring? Please click on this Zoom link Sundays 2-8; Mondays 9 am – 8 pm; and Fridays 9 am – 3 pm and an assistant will help you: https://rwu.zoom.us/my/rwututoringcenter
Please understand that high-demand times, holidays and unexpected absence may impact the response of an assistant. Please try again if Zoom is not responsive for a brief time.
We look forward to working with you this semester!
Questions? Please contact:
Writing tutoring: Karen Bilotti, Director of the Tutoring Center and Writing Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Science tutoring: Tracey McDonnell Wysor, Coordinator of the Science Center, at email@example.com
Math tutoring: Richard Fullerton, Coordinator of the Math Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tutoring Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Library. (Please note: Space is closed for Fall 2020, but tutoring services are offered remotely as detailed above.) The department consists of the following tutoring centers:
- Writing Center (Peer and Faculty Tutors)
- Math Center (Peer and Faculty Tutors)
- Science Center (Faculty and Peer Tutors)
- Modern Languages Tutoring Center (Peer Tutors)
Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 3 pm
Sunday 2 pm – 8 pm
Please like us on Facebook at "RWU Tutoring Centers" for any end-of-semester, holiday, or weather-related updates/changes to our normal schedule.
Summer 1 Tutoring Available!
Contact The Tutoring Center at 401-254-3219 or come up to the second floor of the Library to check out the schedule or to ask any questions. Please understand that students’ summer schedules are subject to occasional revision.
- Provide high quality, curriculum-based tutorial assistance that is responsive to the knowledge and ability level of the student and which engages the student in a thoughtful conversation about the work.
- The tutors will put forth their best effort to facilitate the learning process by building rapport, challenging students to greater and deeper understanding, and serving as mentors for students who are new to the academic discourse community. The tutoring centers ideally serve as an academic community of practice, where students strive to make meaning and forge identities, learning is reciprocal and taking ownership of work is the ultimate goal.
What will the tutors help me with when I go for tutoring?
We’ll use the Writing Center as an example to answer this question. The writing tutors are trained to help students become better writers. Tutors will help students with proofreading and editing strategies, but students must proofread and edit their own papers. Students can come in for help at any point during the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, overcoming writer’s block, revising and/or formatting. The tutor will ask the student non-directive questions and engage in conversation about the paper. Tutors will help with grammar as it appears in the context of the paper; so, if the tutor notices, for example, that the student has used “you” as a pronoun, the tutors will talk about the effect of that pronoun choice in a formal paper. This philosophy of engaging the student in a conversation about the content is consistent in the math and science tutoring centers, as well.
How are the peer tutors selected and trained?
The peer tutors are students who have excelled in the subject(s) for which they tutor. Most often, an instructor makes a recommendation to one of the Tutoring Coordinators for the Math, Writing, and Science Centers. Some students who did exceptionally well in a class and have a desire to help other students will take the initiative to come in and ask if they could be considered for a tutoring position. Finally, the Tutoring Coordinators hire some freshmen who demonstrated superior strength in math or writing during their high school years.
The tutors receive extensive training both in the content area for which they tutor and in the fundamentals of tutoring. While much of the training is managed by the Tutoring Coordinators, many of the veteran tutors are also engaged in facilitating training.
Why do students go for tutoring?
Many studies have proven that students learn best through collaboration with their peers as well as with faculty. Thus, while students might work through a draft of a paper on their own, it is often invaluable to be able to test out an organizational strategy or the development of an idea on a real audience before submitting the paper. Likewise, if you are struggling with a particular math concept, you might find some relief from that frustration after working with a peer who is able to relate to what you find difficult. Often, because the peer tutors are students themselves, they have experienced similar situations, either in their own coursework or in tutoring sessions, and they have developed strategies for approaching a particular kind of math equation, a chemistry problem set, or an organizational dilemma in a paper.
What is most important to keep in mind about tutoring?
- Don’t wait until the last minute to get help! Come in early in the semester or when you start to feel as though you might be having some difficulty with completing an assignment to the best of your ability.
- Come in prepared! If you are working on a paper, bring in the assignment and any notes you have written. If you are struggling with a math concept, come in with the problems you have attempted.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for the help you need. If you feel as though you could use a Political Science major to look over your Political Science paper, let us know! In the Writing Center, we have a “Tutors and Major” list. If you are looking for a science tutor in a course that is not listed, ask us and we will see if any of our tutors have successfully completed the course.