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Peer Tutor Guide

OJC Peer Tutor Responsibilities

OJC Peer Tutor Responsibilities

At the Beginning of Your Shift:

  • Arrive on time. If you are late, you need to note this on your time sheet. If you are sick, you need to text or email the Director of the Learning Commons and this information will be forwarded to the Educational Resource Specialist for scheduling purposes. You cannot make up lost time without approval.
  • Retrieve your blue folder and nametag from drawer at the Peer Tutor Desk in the Learning Commons
  • Make sure you keep the peer tutor sign with you so students know a peer tutor is available, and please wear your nametag at all times.

During Your Shift:

As a peer tutor, you may asked to work in a particular “Study Zone”, assist student athletes during a team study hall session, or work from the peer tutor desk. Here’s a quick overview of what happens in each location and what’s expected of you when you’re working in these locations:

Study Zones

Our “Study Zones” are open to all OJC students and they occur on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s from 3pm-5pm. We embed our professional tutors and peer tutors in these study zones to assist students as needed. These zones include:

Zone 1 – Research, Reading, and Writing,

Zone 2 – Science

Zone 3 – Math and Business

If we embed you in a study zone, you will sit a table inside of the zone with a Peer Tutor sign, but we expect you to get up and walk around your zone every 10-15 minutes and ask students if anyone is in need of your assistance.

As a peer tutor, you are required to track the number of students you work with in your zone, and you will keep track of this information on your Tutor Sign-In Sheet. On this sheet, write in the date and under “Student Name”, write in “Study Zone”. You must keep a tally of the number of students you work with each zone, not the number of questions you are asked. If you sit down and spend more than 5 minutes with a student, you will need to record the student’s information on the sign-in sheet, and if you are a writing tutor, you’ll need to fill out the Tutor Documentation form. 

Study Hall Sessions

Our student athletes are a unique population as they often miss more classes than other students because of away games, and also because they are required to maintain a specific grade point average to stay eligible for competition. Because of these things, we work closely with coaches to make sure we have peer tutors available to assist our athletes as needed.

Many of our athletic teams hold team study hall sessions in the Learning Commons, and we do our best to embed professional and/or peer tutors in these sessions as requested by coaches. If a team is holding a study hall session in another building on campus, we may ask you to leave the Learning Commons to work with that team. If we embed you in a study hall session, you will sit a table with Peer Tutor sign, but we expect you to get up and walk around every 10-15 minutes and ask students if anyone is in need of your assistance.

As a peer tutor, you are required to track the number of students you work with in each study hall session, and you will keep track of this information on your Tutor Sign-In Sheet. On this sheet, write in the date and under “Student Name”, write in “Study Hall” followed by the team (e.g. Study Hall – Baseball). You must keep a tally of the number of students you work during each session, not the number of questions you are asked. If you sit down and spend more than 5 minutes with a student, you will need to record the student’s information on the sign-in sheet, and if you are a writing tutor, you’ll need to fill out the Tutor Documentation form

Peer Tutor Desk

The Peer Tutor desk is located behind the main circulation desk in the Learning Commons. When students are not in study zones or study hall sessions, you will likely work from this desk and assist students as needed. You are more than welcome to work with students at tables throughout the Learning Commons, but make sure you return to the desk when you are not helping someone.

As a peer tutor, you are required to track the number of students you work with, and you will keep track of this information on your Tutor Sign-In Sheet. On this sheet, write in the date and under “Student Name”, write in “Peer Tutor Desk”. You must keep a tally of the number of students you assist from the desk, not the number of questions you are asked. If you sit down and spend more than 5 minutes with a student, you will need to record the student’s information on the sign-in sheet, and if you are a writing tutor, you’ll need to fill out the Tutor Documentation form.

*Please Read: Your work time is not for meals or visiting with friends. When you aren’t busy with a student, you are allowed to snack or do homework, but you need to walk around the Learning Commons on occasion and make sure you look approachable when seated. Please keep your workspace free of clutter and refrain from using earbuds or a headset at all times.

After Your Shift:

  • Return your blue folder and nametag to the drawer at the Peer Tutor desk.
  • Document your hours on your paper timesheet and your electronic timesheet.