What students are saying:
"It is such a wonderful service for the university to offer...and for free!"
The WaLC accepts employment applications from students throughout the year; however, we rely on faculty to help us identify the most qualified students to serve as tutors. If you know an outstanding student who could serve as an academic support to other students on campus, consider recommending that individual for one of the WaLC's student employment opportunities.
Before submitting the recommendation form, communicate with the student(s) you wish to recommend. Students who receive a direct recommendation by an instructor are often more willing to accept offers of employment and more confident in their ability to carry out the job responsibilities effectively. Submit your recommendation here.
Promoting the WaLC's Services in Your Classes
- Include the WaLC syllabus statement in your course syllabus(es) and add the "Tutoring Information" module to your Blackboard class.
- Allow tutors to make a brief visit to your class to introduce our services to your students. If you would like to request a classroom visit, email email@example.com, or select an in-class workshop that will complement the goals of your course.
- Consider providing incentives for students who regularly, thoughtfully, and actively engage in tutoring sessions for your class. For example, you can create an optional for-credit assignment for students who submit a completed Worksheet for Ensuring a Meaningful Experience after a tutoring session.
- Please do not send an entire class to the WaLC without first contacting us to discuss your needs. Our goal is to maintain an equitable level of access for all
students. Mandatory visits for a particular class can overwhelm our tutors and limit
the WaLC's ability to serve the students who need us.
Check the WaLC's tutor assignment list each semester to see which tutors have been assigned to your classes. If you have course tutors or writing fellows assigned, please take the following steps to ensure they are well integrated into your course:
- Provide them with a copy of your course syllabus and assignments.
- Request Blackboard access for tutors. Blackboard access allows tutors to review your course syllabus and familiarize themselves with your expectations for students. Please do not request a level of Blackboard access that will allow tutors to view or edit students' graded work.
- Talk to tutors about any assignments that are off-limits for tutoring sessions (e.g. take-home quizzes or tests).
- Meet with the tutors periodically to clarify your expectations for the course, to provide guidance, and to answer any questions they have about course content.
- Request a desk copy of the course textbook and any supplemental materials that course tutors may need for their sessions. The WaLC maintains a library of course materials so that multiple tutors have access to them for use in their tutoring sessions.
- If your tutors need to meet with students outside of 207 Belk, contact the WaLC (firstname.lastname@example.org) to identify an appropriate space on campus that can be used during the tutor's hours of availability. Students in distance courses should use the Smarthinking online tutoring program or refer to the WaLC's online writing and learning resources.
- Recognize that tutors are undergraduate peer helpers, not teaching assistants or graduate assistants. To help us maintain the peer status of our tutors, please do not ask them to teach a class or to evaluate your students' work.