Individual Peer Tutoring
Free one-on-one peer tutoring is available for many Princeton courses--most commonly for introductory courses in the natural sciences, math, economics, and foreign languages.* Individual tutoring may be especially helpful if you feel like you need help with specific parts of a course, or if your previous experience did not include preparation in an essential topic that you need for a class. The aim of tutoring is to help students develop the skills and strategies they need to independently and successfully engage in the course.
*Please note that students may work only with tutors in the Princeton undergraduate tutoring program and with Fellows in the Writing Center. Students are in violation of University regulations if they engage the services of private tutors (see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities).
MAKING THE MOST OF INDIVIDUAL TUTORING
In preparation for your tutoring appointment, you are expected to have attended class, read assigned texts and attempted assigned problems. Tutors are instructed NOT to merely review or re-teach course content. Ideally you will come with specific questions about concepts and/or p-set problems that can frame your 55 minute appointment based upon your efforts to learn material yourself. This will help you use your limited time with a tutor wisely and enable an interaction that focuses on your mastering the concepts and skills needed to excel in the course rather than just solve the p-set problems.
If you feel that you would benefit from gaining new strategies for learning from course materials (lectures, precepts, texts, etc.), please consider signing up for a Learning Strategies Consultation in addition to meeting with a tutor. Our aim in both tutoring and consultations, ultimately, is to assist you in becoming a more independent learner.
McGRAW INDIVIDUAL TUTORING @FRIST
7-11 PM Sunday-Wednesday Evenings
Check-in at the desk in front of the McGraw Center (328 Frist)
Make an appointment online for 1:1 tutoring in:
How it works: Appointments will become available one week in advance. Should you need to cancel an appointment, you can do so up to 24 hours prior to your appointment. After the 24-hour cancellation deadline, we expect you to attend at the appropriate time or find another student who wants to take the session. An effective way to locate a substitute is by posting the available appointment to your residential college listserv. The substitute should provide your name at check-in. No-shows will be blocked from using the system.
Individual Peer Tutoring is a limited resource, and it should not be thought of as the sole means of support in any course. We highly recommend that you attend your instructor’s office hours and the McGraw study halls as well.
Tutoring in language courses, as well as in some introductory STEM and computational courses not supported by McGraw Study Halls or Individual Tutoring, may be available through the peer tutoring program in the residential colleges. To find out more about this resource, contact your residential college Director of Studies.