Welcome to Peer Tutoring Center!

"Do you need help studying for a class or an upcoming test? Maybe you want some extra help going over an assignment in class? Our tutors are students too, so they understand how it feels to be a student. They've taken the classes and studied for the exams. They’ve worked hard to become the best support system here, for you, so that you can be successful in your classes.

Our tutors can help in most of the general education courses and remember, all tutoring is free. Sign up, fill out the tutoring request form below, or give us a call today to get you started."

Please note for the Fall 2020 semester all tutoring will be held remotely or virtual tutoring through Zoom or another program. While we won't have any face to face tutoring sessions, we're still here to help. Use the form below to request and schedule a tutoring appointment.

Who:

Peer tutors, who have successfully completed course work and recommended by instructors

Where:

All tutoring for the Fall 2020 semester will be virtual sessions. Please complete the form below to request tutoring.

When:

Monday through Thursday from 10-3 pm. Subjects are dependent on tutor’s availability.

What:

The mission of Peer Tutoring is to provide students with support and tools to become independent, self-sufficient, and confident learners.

How:

email: peer.tutoring@mcc.edu, phone: (810) 232-4696, or request an appointment with a peer tutor by completing our online form below.

Getting started:

  • We offer one-on-one and group tutoring appointments. Appointments last up to 50 minutes and can be scheduled up to three weeks in advance.
  • You can schedule two appointments per week, per subject.
  • We offer tutoring in most of the general education classes (100 and 200 level).
  • Students who submit a tutor request form are notified by e-mail of their appointment time as soon as possible (usually the same day, unless on the weekends).
  • If there is not an appointment or study group available, we will work with you to try and get you in contact with your department, faculty, or other tutoring lab on campus.

What to do:

  • Students should bring all course related materials books, lecture notes to their tutoring sessions and it is recommended that you prepare a list of questions or topics that you would like to discuss with your tutor.
  • Please contact the Peer Tutoring Center as soon as possible if you are going to miss an appointment (810) 232-4696.
  • If you are late for an appointment, the tutor will wait for you. However, appointments are 50 minutes and your session will end at the scheduled time.
  • If you are late for your appointment, and another student is seeking tutoring, the tutor may take the other student in place of your scheduled appointment.
  • Students must attend class, attempt the homework, and do assigned readings.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Peer Tutor Coordinator.

Is tutoring free?

Yes, tutoring is free.

What subjects are available?

Most often we can provide tutoring in the 100 or 200 level general education classes. If you have a question about a specific subject, please email us at peer.tutoring@mcc.edu

How long are the appointments?

The appointments usually last up to 50 minutes; however, a student does not need to stay the entire appointment.

What happens in a tutoring appointment?

During each appointment, you’ll work with a tutor on content, study strategies, or general support. It’s your appointment so you guide each session.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring all your material and anything that is related, so we can have a better understanding of how to help you in your class.

Will you help with homework or tests or quizzes?

We work to cover the content of the exam or quiz instead of taking your test for you.

What I if I miss a class?

We can help you with your content, but we recommend always speaking with your instructor to catch up first. Then come see us.

I’m nervous to take tests or I have trouble studying, can you help me with that?

Yes we can. Our tutors have experience with these skills too. One of our beliefs is to help you become a stronger student in the classroom.

Can the tutors help with study strategies? I get nervous for the tests.

Our tutors can help with study strategies, note taking, test anxiety, time management, to list a few examples of the other services we provide during your appointment. Always bring this up during an appointment with your tutor if you have questions.

Will the tutors help write papers?

If a student needs help with a writing assignment, he or she should visit the Writing Center, located in the Curtice-Mott Complex, CM 2031.

Are there computers available for the students to use?

There are a few computers available for students if they need them.

Sign up for organized study sessions. These study sessions are conducted by a Peer Academic Coach (P.A.C.) who completed the course.

  • Meet for weekly review sessions led by a tutor
  • Study with other students in your class
  • Help each other learn!

Research shows that students who study in such groups, on the average, obtain one half to one whole grade higher than their peers studying on their own.


PAC study groups:

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Tutoring Services Request Form

When to Study

  • Find out how you use and misuse your time before making any changes.
  • Plan two hours of study time for every hour spent in class. There are exceptions, but this is a good general rule. Students making the transition from high school or community college are often unaware of the increased workload expected of them. The benefits of following the rule will be apparent at exam time.
  • Study difficult (or boring) subjects first. If your chemistry problems put you to sleep, get to them first, while you are fresh. Most of us tend to do what we like first, yet the courses we find most difficult require the most creative energy. Save the subjects you enjoy for later.
  • Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions
    When possible, study in shorter sessions. Three three-hour sessions are far more productive for most students than one nine-hour session. When you do study in long sessions, take a planned break every hour. Work on several subjects and avoid studying similar subjects back to back.
  • Be aware of your best time of day.
    Many students learn best in daylight hours. Observe yourself and, if this is true of you, schedule study time for your most difficult subjects when the sun is up. The key point is to determine your best learning time. If early morning doesn't work for you, find out what time is better.
  • Use waiting time.
    Five minutes waiting time for the bus, 20 minutes waiting for the dentist, 10 minutes between classes — waiting time adds up fast. Have short study tasks ready to do during these times. For example, carry 3X5 cards with equations, formulas, or definitions and pull them out anywhere. Also, use time between classes or breaks during work to review class notes or notes on reading. A solid review of a lecture can be completed in 15 minutes, and even five minutes can be valuable if you are prepared.
  • Keep a calendar for the semester.
    Keep track of all your assignments, tests, and papers.
  • Make a weekly to-do list of important tasks and assignments that you need to complete.
    Be sure to prioritize the list and to do the most important tasks first.

Where to Study

  • Use a regular study area.
    Your body knows where you are. When you use the same place to study, day after day, your body becomes trained. When you arrive at that particular place, it will automatically sense that it's time to study. You will focus your concentration more quickly.
  • Don't get too comfortable.
    Put yourself into a situation where your mind is alert.
  • Use the library.
    Libraries are designed for learning. Entering a library is a signal to your body to quiet the mind and get to work. Most students can get more done in a shorter time at the library.
  • Set up study groups.
    A study group doesn't take the place of individual study, but it forces you to articulate concepts and makes a review more fun and productive. Also, it helps keep your review on schedule and helps you to avoid procrastination.

How to Handle the Rest of the World

  • Pay attention to your attention.
    Breaks in concentration are often caused by internal interruptions; your own thoughts jump in to tell you another story about the world. If this happens too often, perhaps you need to find a different study time or place.
  • Agree with living mates about study time.
    This includes roommates, wives, husbands, parents, and/or kids. Make the rules clear and be sure to follow them yourself. Make explicit agreements — even written contracts. Hang a "do not disturb" sign on your door. One student always wears a colorful hat when he wants to study. When his roommates see the hat, they respect his wish to be left alone.
  • Avoid noise distractions.
    Don't study in front of the TV. Turn off the stereo. Many students insist that they study better with music, and that may be true. Some students have reported good results with carefully selected and controlled music. The overwhelming majority of research indicates that silence is the best form of music for study.
  • Notice how others misuse your time.
    Be aware of repeat offenders. Ask yourself if there are certain friends or relatives who consistently interrupt your study time. If avoiding them is impractical, send a clear (but gentle) message. Sometimes others don't realize they are breaking your concentration.
  • Get off the phone.
    You don't have to be a telephone victim. Try saying, "I can't talk right now, I'm studying" or leave your answering machine on. Or avoid the whole problem by studying at the library.
  • Learn tosay no.
    This is a valuable time saver for students, and a valuable life skill. Many people feel it is rude to refuse a request. Saying "no" can be done effectively and courteously. Others want you to succeed as a student. When you tell them that you can't comply with a request because you are busy educating yourself, 99% will understand.

Effective Note-Taking

  • Lecture styles vary greatly from speaker to speaker. Some lecturers are beautifully organized, some ramble, some present an hour of anecdotes and leave the student to determine their significance. It is imperative that you figure out a lecturer's style. In the case of the rambler or storyteller, you may find yourself at the end of an hour with only a sentence or two written down. Check with other students, but don't be surprised if it works out that your sentences do, indeed, represent the crucial points of the lecture.

Purposes of Note-Taking

  1. In order to take efficient notes, the student is forced to listen carefully and critically to what is being said.
  2. Taking notes aids comprehension and retention. Personal notes in one's own writing are easier to understand and remember than textbook material.
  3. Lecture notes should represent a concise and complete outline of the most important points and ideas, especially those considered most important by the professor.
  4. Lecture notes clarify ideas not fully understood in the text or elaborate on things that the text mentions only briefly.
  5. Lecture notes combined with notes from textbook material are an excellent source of review. They provide a gauge to what is important in the textbook.
  6. A frequent complaint of students is that they are unable to determine during the lecture what is important and what might just as well be left out. These students may attempt to write down every word uttered by the professor, combining page after page of isolated facts and details but missing a more general understanding of the material, as they are too busy writing to listen. The following are some suggestions to aid the student in taking efficient lecture notes.

Before the Lecture

The single most important thing you can do is to read or skim the text prior to attending the lecture. This will enable you to:

  1. Get the general overview of main ideas, secondary points, and important concepts. Listen with understanding and determine what is relevant and irrelevant.
  2. Identify familiar terms with unfamiliar terms and concepts.
    1. Look up the terms before class.
    2. Listen for an explanation during the lecture.
    3. Ask the professor or TA for an explanation.
  3. Note portions of the material that are unclear.
    1. Listen for an explanation during the lecture.
    2. Develop questions to ask in class.
  4. Look for other gaps in information that should be clarified or filled in.

During the Lecture Structure and Organization

Each student should develop his own method of taking notes, however, the following suggestions may be helpful.

  1. Keep a separate section of your notebook or binder for each course. If there are several types of notes for one course, such as lecture notes, notes on outside readings, and computation of problems, you may want to arrange them on opposite pages for purposes of cross-reference.
  2. Notes for each lecture should begin on a new page. This makes for a greater legibility and allows for more freedom in organization.
  3. Date your lecture notes and number all pages.
  4. Make your notes brief.
    1. Never use a sentence when you can use a phrase, or a phrase when you can use a word.
    2. Use abbreviations and symbols wherever possible.
  5. Put most notes in your own words. However, the following should be noted exactly:
    1. Formula
    2. Definitions
    3. Specific facts
  6. Note your lecturer's chief pattern. S/he may be summarizing the text and highlighting important points, or trying to draw relationships between new and previous understandings. S/he may expect you to get the textbook material on your own while he discusses related outside material.
    1. If s/he is highlighting the text, take down explanations and examples. Seeing a concept stated in more than one way can help you understand it.
    2. If s/he draws relationships and asks questions, note the questions and answers. If s/he doesn't give the answers, try to find them after class.
  7. Don't worry about outlining, but use indentations to distinguish between major and minor points. Numbers and letters may be added later if you wish. However, if the lecturer says s/he will make four or five points, list four or five causes, etc., be sure to use numbers as a check on having taken them all down.
  8. Note down unfamiliar vocabulary and unclear areas. If the lecturer discusses something you don't understand, take it down as best and as completely as you can. Then you can check with the text or at least know what questions to ask if getting help from someone else. If your instructor knows just what you don't understand, s/he's in a position to help you.
  9. If you should miss something completely, leave a blank space and get it later.
  10. Use margins for questions, comments, notes to yourself on unclear material, etc.
  11. Develop a code system of note-marking to indicate questions, comments, important points, due dates of assignments, etc. This helps separate extraneous material from the body of notes and also helps point out areas that are unclear. Margins are excellent places for coded notations. Some suggested codes are: ? - not clear at time of lecture Imp. or ! - important Q - questions * - assignment C - comment(student's own)
  12. Attempt to differentiate fact from opinion. Content.
  13. Notes should include all main ideas and enough subordinate points to clarify understanding.
  14. All formulae, rules, definitions, and generalizations should be included.
  15. Inclusion of the speaker's illustrations and examples may help clarify concepts when notes are reviewed.
  16. Marginal notes facilitate speedy location of specific items.
  17. Instructors usually give clues as to what is important to take down:
    1. previews and summaries
    2. material written on blackboard, other visual aids
    3. repetition
    4. vocal emphasis
    5. questions asked of the class
    6. word clues: four causes of; four aspects of; therefore; in conclusion; and so we see; hence; in a like manner; on the other hand; however; cause-effect; relationships; etc.

After the Lecture

Go over your notes as soon as possible after the lecture.

  1. Clear up illegibilities in writing, check for errors, fill in further facts and examples while the lecture is still fresh in your mind. At this point you should clear up misunderstandings or fill in missing information by consulting the lecturer, TA, classmates, the texts, or additional readings.
  2. Immediate review is essential to retention. Unless you review within 24 hours after lecture or at least before the next lecture, retention will drop sharply and you will be relearning rather than reviewing.
  3. Merely recopying notes without thinking about or revising them does not necessarily aid retention. A more helpful practice is to manipulate the material by reorganizing it and putting it in your own words. For a well-organized lecture, an outline can suffice, but in the case of material where important ideas and relationships are scattered throughout, there is a technique called mapping which can be very useful in restructuring and putting together the relevant points. The use of this technique forces you to critically evaluate material in terms of main ideas, secondary points, and details, and to structure this content in an organized and coherent fashion. Relationships must be observed and established, irrelevant material may be excluded. This can be one of the most efficient means of immediate review for optimal retention.
(adopted from: Becoming a Master Student, by David Ellis (College Survival, Inc. 1984)).

Suggestions for Success in Studying

Take the FREE Learning Styles Quiz to find out how you learn best.


A few study tips
  1. Choosing Your Course Work
    1. Consult your advisor to be certain you need the course
    2. Sign up for the courses within your academic reach.
      1. Have the proper foundation.
    3. Be positive about learning. Resign yourself to do your best whether you like the course or not!
    4. Wishing to succeed does not produce results by itself. You must study and practice!
  2. Preparing to Study
    1. Find a good place and a good time to study each day. Be rested. Use your most efficient time to study if possible.
    2. Use necessary tools, e.g. a dictionary and a calculator.
    3. Have plenty of paper, scrap paper and pencils.
    4. Plan what you intend to do and DO IT.
      1. Setting and accomplish small goals initially helps to build confident.
      2. Recognize daydreaming and inefficiency. More time spent does not necessarily guarantee a better grade.
      3. Don't expect to learn the material the night before the exam.
  3. Techniques of Study - Takes time and work.
    1. General Studying - Study daily
      1. Familiarize yourself with the general topic-skim read.
      2. Attend lectures. Missing a lecture is like missing a step on a ladder.
    2. Sit up front and listen.
    3. Note the instructor's emphasis
    4. Take complete good notes.
      Review the lecture with a friend in an informal coffee hour immediately after the lecture if possible to fill in gaps. Your participation is important.
      1. Prepare outline of the chapter.
      2. Do homework.
      3. Do laboratory work.
  4. General Considerations in Studying.
    1. Balance your work. Don't' spend all your time study one subject
    2. Put forth a consistent effort. Don't cram unless you have to do it. Study regularly. Be rested for exams.
    3. Ask for help if and when you needed. Don't put it off.
    4. Be ENTHUSIASTIC in whatever you do!
Adapted from: Suggestions for Success in Studying, prepared by Katherine Weissmen, Instructor of Chemistry, C.S. Mott Community College.

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How do I become a Tutor?

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Be enrolled MCC student
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills
  • Receive a grade of B or better in the selected subjects taken at MCC (certain exceptions may be allowed )
  • Receive an Instructor recommendation
Responsibilities:

Tutors are responsible for providing a welcoming and safe environment for students who need academic assistance. Their primary responsibilities are:

  • Attend all scheduled tutoring hours
  • Assist students in a drop-in and appointment-based environment
  • Participate in periodic training
  • Attend mandatory meetings(throughout the semester)
  • Additional administrative duties, including program development, leading workshops, marketing tutoring services, etc.
Benefits of Tutoring:
  • Paid professional opportunity to help other students succeed
  • Build relationships with other Tutors and students at MCC
  • Gain job experience with potential for leadership responsibilities
  • Develop skills in being a facilitator of learning
  • Great experience to put on your resume
  • Potential to earn a CRLA Level 1 Certificate as a Peer tutor.