Student Success Center Embedded Tutoring FAQs

What are the goals of embedded tutoring?

  • To give students a chance for more individualized attention and feedback during class activities
  • To expose students to tutoring who may not seek it otherwise

How does the embedded tutor function in class?

The tutor may engage in any or all of the following types of activities:

  • offer the perspective of an experienced student in class discussions
  • lead small group discussions or activities
  • provide one-on-one assistance during class activities
  • guide students, provide feedback, and answer questions during in-class hands-on practice
  • provide tutoring/group study sessions outside of class

Please note that embedded tutors should not take on the role of the course instructor, such as:

  • teach new concepts the course instructor has not already introduced
  • lead the class without the instructor present
  • grade assignments
  • enforce class management or discipline policies
  • function as a teacher’s assistant; tutors assist students in learning

As a faculty member, how can I help to increase the effectiveness of my embedded tutor and create a positive dynamic in the classroom with the tutor?

  • Help the tutor feel welcome and informed. A quick introduction of your tutor to the class would be great or adding his/her contact information to your syllabi is another great way to help your students get to know the tutor.
  • Feel comfortable in explaining to the tutor how you want him or her to interact with your students.
  • Provide the tutor with a copy of your syllabus and other necessary handouts.
  • Give the tutor guidance as to what you expect him or her to help with. Use the tutor to join the class in learning activities.
  • Offer your email address to the tutor so that he or she can email you if there is a need.
  • Don’t be afraid to communicate directly with the tutor about how he or she is doing

As an embedded tutor, how can I be effective in the classroom and during outside-of-class study sessions?

  • Be proactive in asking the teacher any questions you might have
  • Respect the instructor’s style of instruction
  • Be patient and polite with the students; be professional and respectful of the Faculty member
  • Get to know the classroom culture well
  • Be on time to class and notify instructor if you plan to be absent
  • Do not do the work of the students. Instead, use questions, demonstration, practice, examples, informal quizzes, and other approaches for the students to understand the concept
  • If you are holding outside of class tutoring/study sessions, ask the students at the beginning of the semester what days/times works best for them and base your schedule around the availability of the majority
  • Communicate with the instructor about the course content and discuss how you can be best utilized inside or outside the classroom

How many hours can an embedded tutor work a week?

  • During the Spring and Fall semesters 10-12 hours per week
  • During the Summer semesters 12-16 hours per week

Do we evaluate the embedded tutor program?

  • An evaluation survey will be emailed towards the end of the semester to faculty and the embedded tutor for feedback
  • Students who attended an outside-of-class tutoring/study session with the embedded tutor also have the opportunity to complete an evaluation survey for feedback
  • FALL 2016: We plan to develop a survey to send to all students enrolled in the course for feedback


Who do I contact with questions or concerns?

  • Kasey DeBernardi, Student Success Centers Supervisor
    805.546.3100 ext. 2474