“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
— Chinese Proverb
“Each one, teach one; reach back, lift as you climb!”
“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you do the best.”
— Marva Collins
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.”
— Marian Wright Edelman
“Dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world.”
Provide tutoring to students seeking assistance through CARSS by staffing CARSS tutor rooms within STEM disciplines. Assist students in improving academic achievement by meeting with them on a regular basis to facilitate learning and assist the student to become a successful, independent learner. Other assistance might include: reviewing class material, discussing the text, designing test questions, or working on solutions to problems. The purpose of tutoring is to increase and enhance mastery of concepts or applications of a specific course of study. Peer tutors integrate effective study and learning strategies to maximize the tutee’s potential for academic progress.
A few other noteworthy facts:
Training, Application and Tutor Hiring
Under the supervision of the CARSS coordinator, tutors provide tutoring to groups of students.Scheduling
Tutor schedules are arranged by the tutor and Dianne Jester, the CARSS coordinator. Tutors are asked to consult with Dianne at the beginning of each semester to arrange their tutoring hours that accommodate the dates and times during which the corresponding lecture course is offered.
Absences & Punctuality
If you anticipate being late or absent please contact the CARSS office as soon as possible at 518.437.4442. Absences without notification will negatively impact your employment status as a tutor. Please be present and ready to start work shortly before your session is scheduled to start..
Tutors will be paid for actual work time of up to 10 hours per week. In addition, CARSS will pay tutors for time spent at all staff meetings.
Time Sheets & Pay Information
Tutors will be required to submit to Dianne Jester the Tutor Attendance Log at the end of each tutoring session. It is very important to complete this form legibly & completely immediately after each session so that your payroll sheet can be duly completed. Tutors are required to fill out their time sheets at the CARSS office every other Friday by 5 pm.
An integral part of this program is the monitoring of the number of students within each STEM discipline who avail themselves of the services offered by CARSS. Consequently an important aspect of your responsibility as a tutor will be to ensure that the number and identity of students who are served is appropriately recorded. Ensuring that each student present at your session completes a Student Feedback Form at the end of each session is critical to the success of CARSS operations.
Tutor Work Area & Atmosphere
Please help us keep the CARSS office orderly, clean and quiet. It is essential that noise be kept to a minimum.
Please conduct yourself in a professional manner. Be aware of your style of communication, language, and behavior. All students and staff need to be treated with respect and dignity. Failure to do so will negatively impact your status as a tutor.
Dress & Grooming
While we do not have a "dress code" we do expect you to dress appropriately for the position (i.e. avoid "dressing to distract"). Personal hygiene is important since you are working in close quarters.
Your performance as a tutor will be evaluated during the semester. Any concerns regarding your evaluation will be discussed with you and appropriate recommendations will be made.
Peer Tutors are evaluated in accordance with the following procedures:
Problems & Conflicts
If you are experiencing difficulties during or as a result of your tutor assignment, please see the CARSS office staff to work out a solution.
Failure to comply with the information above may result in the termination of your status as a tutor. Tutors are hired as temporary hourly employees on an as needed basis and are not considered permanent employees of the University at Albany.
…explain concepts that students have difficulty understanding.
…use alternate methods of explaining content and give examples that may help students better understand.
…share successful study strategies based on experience and training.
…believe a student's work should reflect their own ability.
…give positive reinforcement - help students become more confident in their own abilities.
…honor the privacy of the client.
…do assignments for students - including lead them through
…assist in take home exams.
…grade assignments or discuss assigned grades.
…attempt to judge the acceptability of completed assignments from the instructor's point of view.
…comment on an instructor's grading policy, teaching style, or personality.
…proof read drafts of papers, although we may read for logic and clarity.
…discuss client's progress, achievements or abilities with others.
At the present time, all tutoring sessions take place in the CARSS Center, LI 70.
are located in the basement
level, underneath the Main Library, between the Office of Academic
Services and the Computer Science Department. Take the stairs from the
level on the north side of the Library building (the right side as you
looking at the main entrance) that go down into the courtyard area.
door underneath the stairs and follow the signs to the right for LI 70,
the corridor on the left.