We are housed in the Academic Resource Center/Dorothy Johansen House (a/k/a “The DoJo”). Our work includes:
Oversight of the peer tutoring program, including drop-in tutoring and the Writing Center
One-on-one academic coaching meetings with students
Group workshops for quantitative and study skills.
Academic Support staff members are available for one-on-one meetings with students. If you are unsure if we are the most appropriate resource for a given situation, feel free to contact us to discuss. We are well connected with other offices on campus, and may suggest other resources either in addition to or in place of a coaching meeting.
Academic Support staff are available to help students learn about tutoring options, and to help them get the most out of their time with a tutor.
Tutoring at Reed is intended to supplement the in-class experience for students and to provide additional resources to the extent that the professors find this helpful and in support of their course goals. We encourage you to use this resource as appropriate and to share with us your preferences regarding tutoring for each class.
Tutoring is is available to students in two formats:
Individual, or one-on-one, tutoring is when a student books an appointment with a tutor online or via email, and they meet at an agreed location for up to one hour per week. Students can also book an individual writing tutor for help with writing for any course.
Faculty members always have final say on tutoring availability for their courses. If you do not want to offer peer-tutoring support for your course, just let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify any students that had been listed as tutors.
Students at Reed are eligible to receive up to one hour of individual tutoring per week, per course (for courses that offer tutoring). We occasionally make exceptions to this limit for specific students, typically at the request of the instructor. For courses with scheduled drop-in tutoring, students may attend as many drop-in sessions as they like; drop-in tutoring visits do not count toward a student's weekly individual tutoring limit.
Individual Tutoring FAQ
Individual writing tutors are Reed undergraduates who have been recommended by faculty to tutor their peers based on their writing skills and/or experience providing feedback on peer writing. These tutors can meet with any Reed undergraduate for up to one hour per week to offer advice and feedback on any paper or writing assignment.
These tutors only help with issues related to writing; for instance, they may assist students with brainstorming responses to an assignment, developing arguments or analyzing evidence, or structuring and proofreading a draft. They may also help with other writing-related issues such as grammar, syntax, and diction.
Individual writing tutors do not typically assist students with understanding coursework; students are referred back to faculty or course-specific tutors for those needs.
Yes. Students who work with an individual writing tutor may also visit the Writing Center during its operating hours. Students may use the drop-in services of the Writing Center as frequently as they choose each week.
All writing tutors are eligible to serve as thesis tutors. Academic Support provides students working on a thesis with up to one and a half hours per week of tutoring for writing. The additional half-hour allotted for working with thesising seniors allows the tutor to review longer sections of text ahead of a tutoring session or otherwise help the student grapple with the thesis process.
Thesis tutors will focus on writing-related issues, and are trained to refer students back to faculty advisers for questions or help with the subject matter of their thesis.
Yes; we ask individual writing tutors to create a biographical note for themselves in which they identify their majors and/or academic areas where they have significant experience. Students seeking a tutor can then search the list of tutors for those with backgrounds in specific disciplines.
Drop-in Tutoring FAQ
Drop-in tutors are department-specific tutors that are able to assist students with course content and homework in group settings.
There is no limit to the number of hours that a student may access drop-in tutoring, unlike individual tutoring. Additionally, this allows students the opportunity to work collaboratively with peers and a variety of tutors.
Yes, absolutely! Academic Support staff members regularly offer outside-the-classroom workshops on study skills and quantitative skills. Some of these are scheduled in advance and offered to any interested students, while some are offered in consultation with faculty members and are targeted at students in a particular course.