Resources for Faculty
Information for Faculty about the SCAA - brochure
Peer tutoring at the SCAA can be an excellent resource to provide your students with additional practice developing their skills and learning to “study smarter.” We have some important guiding rules for our tutors: the tutors do not edit papers or do homework for students, and we do not help with take home exams.
How we help students with their writing!
- A peer or paraprofessional tutor reviews a written assignment with the student, paying particular attention to the global concerns of thesis development, argument, and organization.
- The tutor helps the student identify problems and develop possible strategies to solve them. In the case of grammar or punctuation problems, the tutor reviews the rules and makes sure the student understands the details. The student is ultimately responsible for correcting his or her work.
- The tutor helps in the brainstorming process when the student is just beginning a writing project.
- The tutor helps the student understand the purpose of an assignment.
How we help students with their math and statistics
- The tutor will ask to see the assignment (or syllabus). She or he helps the student understand the concept, theory, or formula and work out problems independently.
- Drop-in study groups for some math courses are often available.
- The tutor does not do homework or take home exams with or for the student!
The attached voluntary faculty referral form will help you, your students, and us at the SCAA address your students' needs more effectively. We hope these referrals will also provide a feedback mechanism so that we can learn how your students are benefiting from tutoring at the SCAA.
Proof of SCAA Visit
Often faculty will request that students verify their visit to the SCAA and use of our services. A "Proof of Visit" form is available for students for this purpose, yet students and faculty must be aware that there may be times (especially during mid-terms and finals) when the "traffic" of student requests at the SCAA becomes so great that the center occasionally needs to stop accepting requests and students may be turned away. Students need to recognize that if their attendance at the SCAA is being required for a class or an instructor (if they need to get a "Proof Form"), it's best to not wait until the last minute, becasue sometimes a tutor may not be available.
In Class Outreach: If you would like a SCAA staff member to come to your class and present an overview of our services, please contact Jen Nguyen, SCAA Director, at 5-4759 or email@example.com for more information.
SCAA can assist faculty members from across the disciplines in encouraging and engaging students in the writing process. Faculty members will collaborate with a SCAA staff member in planning a one-time in-class workshop on prewriting. In these one-hour workshops, a group of SCAA writing tutors will introduce and facilitate prewriting strategies with hands-on activities in small groups, based on the writing expectations of the instructor’s assignment. With Writing Rodeo Show visits, students will be provided time and assistance in fully understanding assignment expectations/prompts and will practice using writing strategies effectively and immediately upon receiving a writing assignment.