Demand Increasing for the Tutorial Services Room

Sekazi Mtingwa, Senior Lecturer, Concourse

During fall 2006, the Tutorial Services Room (TSR) enjoyed a tremendous growth in the number of hours of tutoring that it provided. A major service offered by the Office of Minority Education (OME), the TSR matches a student who seeks tutorial assistance with a graduate student or an upper-class undergraduate student who previously earned an A in the course. Typically, the students seeking assistance are first-year students. The TSR provided more than 500 hours of tutoring during fall 2006, compared to roughly the same number for all of Academic Year 2005-2006. With this rapidly increasing demand, the TSR continues to recruit new tutors. The starting pay for undergraduate tutors is $13 per hour, while graduate students start at $15 per hour.

Associate Dean Kim Beamon heads up the TSR team consisting of the Faculty Director, Sekazi Mtingwa; OME Administrator, Sandy Gonzalez; and a student management team that operates under the leadership of senior, Viviana Serra. The opportunity afforded Viviana and the other students in learning to manage a large operation is another great benefit of the TSR. This is consistent with the goal of OME to build strong leadership skills among undergraduates.

To obtain a tutor, a student can simply log onto the TSR Website and enter the request. The student staff will match the student with a tutor from among its large bank of on-call tutors.