More students seeking tutoring help


Tutor Noam Berns assists sophomore Kayla Gilpin and others at math drop-in tutoring.

Ashley Emanuel, Copy Editor

There has been an increase in tutoring over the past year, according to academic counselor Kara Borsa.

“Last year we noticed an increase,” Borsa said.

In 2013 there were 9, 497 contacts with tutors. That counts every time a student went to a tutoring session. Borsa said there was a 20 percent increase in tutoring in 2013.

There are three different types of tutoring available to students: individual, drop-in and supplemental instruction, according to an Academic Success Center brochure.

One-on-one tutoring, or individual tutoring, is when students meet with a tutor privately.  Drop-ins are available at select times and for select subjects. Those subjects include writing, chemistry and math.

There is also a drop-in available for speech, according to Borsa.

Supplemental Instruction is for courses that have a bigger fail rate. The instructor will host an extra class session where students can attend for help in that particular course, according to Borsa

Last year, 88 percent of students were matched with one-on-one tutors. The last percentages were not matched because of difficulty in finding tutors for particular classes, for example a senior honor’s course.

In the cases that one-on-one tutors aren’t found, the students are encouraged by counselors to form study groups within the classes, according to Borsa.

“We see it as a resource for students,” Borsa said. She said even tutors are getting tutors for classes they aren’t strong in.

Junior tutor Cassie LaFramboise said that she thinks it’s a good thing that the tutoring rate is increasing because it maximizes students’ GPA.

Senior Amber Stich, a drop-in writing tutor agreed with LaFramboise. She said that people didn’t know much about the tutoring before, but professors are being more proactive this year.

However, Borsa said that students need to take more advantage of the teacher’s office hours.

Senior tutor Megan Verweist said the main difference is that people are getting tutors earlier in the year, but she has also seen a difference in the numbers.