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Academic Support: Peer Tutors

Office of Student Retention and Success

HOW TO BECOME A TUTOR

Do you have a GPA of 3.0 and would like to become a Peer Tutor at AUD? You may be eligible to become a tutor for courses (in which you've achieved a grade of B+ or higher) at AUD. Peer Tutors get interviewed and approved by the Academic Support division and if approved, can get hired by students and paid for tutoring services. Those who are selected will be interviewed and added to the list of qualified tutors as part of the AUD Peer Tutor network. It is a great chance to connect with other students, make some income, and add something productive and valuable to your CV.

Peer Tutor applications and interviews will take place in September and October of Fall 2021. Please read the Peer Tutor Pledge you will be expected to sign, as well as the Guidelines on how to be an effective tutor. Applications will be shared and collected by Ms. Noha in September, and interviews will take place in October. 

 

Peer Tutor Pledge

Academic Honesty

At AUD, students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity by completing their own work, assignments and assessments. Effective planning and progress must be accomplished for students to be successful in their degree program of study. Submission of work from another person, whether it is from printed sources or someone other than the student; previously graded papers; papers submitted without proper source citation; or submitting the same paper to multiple courses without the approval of all instructors involved can result in a failing grade or be reported to the Dean, Associate Dean or Chair for appropriate sanction or disciplinary actions. All students are expected to maintain the standards as set forth in the Code of Student Conduct and Statement on Academic Honesty.

AUD Honor Code Pledge

The administration and faculty of AUD believe strongly in the Academic Policies and Procedures concept of an honor system. This belief is based on the knowledge that in competitive professional environments, greater emphasis is placed on originality and integrity of ideas and work. All members of the AUD academic community, including faculty, students, and administration, are expected to assist in maintaining the integrity of the university, which includes reporting incidents that violate the Statement on Academic Honesty. To this end, all students are asked to adhere to the honor pledge that reads as follows: “As a student of The American University in Dubai, I pledge that all tests taken by me and that all work submitted by me will be original and solely the results of my own efforts. Furthermore, as a student and member of the academic community of The American University in Dubai, I am bound to uphold standards of personal integrity and honesty and to accept my personal, academic and professional responsibilities in the community.

Specifically, I pledge:

• to adhere to the university’s policy on cheating and plagiarism;

• not to lie or steal in my university undertakings;

• not to evade the truth or deceive; and,

• to inform the appropriate faculty member and Dean, Associate Dean or Chair of my School or Department of any and all cases of academic dishonesty and violations of the Honor Code.”

Violations of the Honor Code are handled as set forth in the Student Handbook and on the AUD website. All members of the AUD academic community, including faculty, students and administration, are expected to assist in maintaining the integrity of the university, which includes reporting incidents that violate the Statement on Academic Honesty.

Peer Tutor Guidelines

As a coach you can…
• Get to know your tutees. You will be able to help them more as you get to know their strengths and weaknesses.
• Listen. Give your full attention to the students. Actively listen to what they are saying, then paraphrase what they have said.
• Be Patient. You may have to go over material more than once. Remember, give the students time to think through questions and problems before you give them the correct answer.
• Give lots of praise. When students do well, tell them. Be specific about the praise. (Great job with that equation!) These students already feel bad about their performance. You will find that sometimes encouragement is all they need to shine.
• Set Goals. It is a good idea to set goals for each session. (This session will cover X and Y.) Also, set long term goals. (By the next exam you will be able to do X, Y, Z). This keeps the tutees focused and on task. Reinforce positive behaviors. Behaviors that are reward tend to be repeated.
• Be punctual and bring all the necessary materials. Set a good example.


As a teacher you can…
• Display your excitement about the material. Make learning relevant to the student.
• Make learning interesting. Use a variety of ways to explain the material and show your enthusiasm. Try to make the material more relevant to the tutee's life. See if you can present things in a different perspective then they were presented in class.
• Ask questions the tutee can answer, as well as harder ones. Ask easy questions first, then increase the difficulty. This will build up the student’s confidence.
• Avoid asking "yes" and "no" questions. For example, instead of "Do you understand what photosynthesis is?" say "Explain the process."
• Turn Questions Back. What do you think about that? Or how would you approach that? Where would you start to answer that question yourself?
• If you don't know an answer... We don't expect you to know everything. If you make a mistake, admit it. You can refer the student to an instructor/TA, or try to find the answer before the next tutoring session. You can give the student the job of going to the professor to find the answer. Sometimes having a specific question for the professor can be very helpful to overcome fear of office hours.


As a peer tutor you must…
• Remember your tutee's privacy. Do not discuss your tutee's problems with other students or with the instructors unless you ask the tutee first.
• Do not discuss personal opinions of any professor. You may listen to the gripes of your tutees—in fact, please do listen—but do not comment. Remain professional. Suggest strategies the student might use to improve their grades and interactions with the professor. However, do not criticize a teacher yourself.
• Respect the American University in Dubai’s Honor Code.

 

REQUESTING A TUTOR

Do you need a private tutor for a specific class at AUD? The AUD Peer Tutor network is full of qualified students able to help you for an hourly (or weekly) fee. They are available for almost every subject, including MATH, WLDC, ECON, BIOL, PHYS, BUSI, ACCG, ARCH, ENGG, ECVL, MGMT, QUAN, SCIE, VCCC, and more. Use the below form to submit a request for a private tutor and we will get back to you within a few days.