ARC: Peer Tutors (S9904X)
Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities
The Academic Resource Commons (ARC), a college-wide collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, is an initiative that supports every learner at Bates in achieving their academic goals. ARC offers high-quality, student-focused peer tutoring and other support services in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Student-focused services support every student as a unique learner, and empower students as academic leaders. The ARC is a vital part of the academic experience at Bates College, complementing the classroom experience with a deeply social, collaborative, interactive learning environment that engages learners of every background in a conversation over shared challenges and student success.
Peer Tutors are outstanding Bates students who work as student leaders within the Academic Resource Commons. Peer Tutors attend several days of training at the beginning of each semester to learn about theories of peer tutoring and adult learning. They also participate in weekly staff development meetings covering pedagogy and the work of tutoring and are closely mentored by the ARC staff. Peer tutors may work with writing, or with course content. Applicants for the position of Peer Tutor should be in strong academic standing, have received an A or B in any course they wish to tutor, be able to procure a recommendation from a member of the faculty. Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in the Bates Curriculum are essential attributes.