Peer Tutor Training

I.     Course Prefix/Number: COL 103

       Course Name: Peer Tutor Training

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides training in knowledge and fundamental skills essential for tutoring. Content includes techniques, methods, and approaches that are effective in improving learning and being a successful tutor, using, readings, class discussion, case studies, journals, group work and activities. Focus is on increasing awareness of academic and personal skills to enable students in tutorial session to achieve academic goals.

IV.   Learning Objectives

In this course the tutor will gain an understanding of:

  1. Learning theory and learning styles
  2. Effective communication and active listening skills
  3. Techniques to improve critical thinking
  4. Basic study skills strategies
  5. Needs of special student populations
  6. Collaborative learning
  7. Campus resources
  8. Leadership skills
  9. How to use/apply the above in individual and group tutoring situations

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to tutoring
  2. Learning theory
  3. Learning styles
  4. Communication and active listening skills
  5. Critical thinking
  6. Basic study skills strategies
  7. Special student populations
  8. Collaborative learning
  9. Campus resources
  10. Leadership skills
  11. Difficult tutoring situations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Group discussion, collaboration, case studies, readings, videotapes, role-play, journaling, computers/internet.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Tutors will be expected to read a variety of source materials, complete written assignments, participate in group discussion, role play and case studies, deliver oral presentations, complete a variety of self-assessment inventories including learning styles, personality, study skills, etc. In addition, a tutoring practicum of 56 hours (lab component) is required.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A textbook such as The Master Tutor by Ross B. Macdonald, videotapes resource articles and books, case studies, guest speakers, computers, handouts.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Written assignments, exams/quizzes, oral presentations, observation of tutoring, tutoring journal, attendance at class and tutoring sessions.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance in class and at tutoring sessions is required. Failure to notify instructor or tutor coordinator of absence may result in a lower grade.
  2. Dishonesty including cheating/plagiarism as outlined in section V is subject to disciplinary action.
  3. Make-up work and tests must be discussed with the instructor prior to the absence.
  4. Late assignments must be discussed with the instructor in advance of the due date.
  5. Minimum of 4 hours tutoring is required.
  6. If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus.  All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.


If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.