Study Groups (Tutoring)
What is the peer Study Group program?
The Peer Study Group Program is a free program of support for all currently enrolled Carson-Newman undergraduate students. We offer study groups in several courses, and there is no charge to students. Study groups meet weekly at regularly scheduled times in the Library. Each study group has a peer leader and is designed to help any student who needs assistance in meeting their academic goals.
Who are the Study Group leaders?
Study Group Leaders are Carson-Newman students who are interested in helping other students learn in a comfortable, friendly, peer situation. Study Group Leaders have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have an A or B in the course for which they lead a group and have the recommendation of at least one professor. Our leaders all complete a Study Group Leader Training program.
How do I find a Study Group?
The Life Directions Center schedules Study Groups each semester. A schedule of subjects, times, days, and locations are available on this website or in the Life Directions Center. Your professor should also have that information. Students may request information by calling 865-471-3567 or by coming to the Life Directions Center, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Baker Building.
Who benefits from attending a study group?
Any student who needs some assistance in a class will benefit. Whether you want to go from a “F” to a “C” or a “B” to an “A”, being a part of a study group can be immensely helpful. Working with your study group leader and the others in your study group can lead to a greater understanding of the concepts you are trying to learn.
You can expect your leader:
to be a friend, to respect your privacy, to be knowledgeable, to attend all scheduled sessions, to help you prepare for tests, to encourage you, and to help you develop your study skills
Your Study Group Leader will expect you:
to be on time for scheduled sessions, to have read the assignment, to bring your materials (textbook, notes, etc.), to have done your homework first and come with questions, to understand that he or she is a peer helper, not a teacher
Study Group Leaders will not edit, correct, or help you with homework that is to be graded. They will try and help you develop critical thinking skills, work similar problems, assist you in understanding how you can do your work, and recommend other resources such as reference librarians, your professors and web resources.
How can I become a Study Group Leader?
If you are looking for extra income, enjoy helping others, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, an A or B in the course for which you would like to be a group leader, a recommendation from the professor and can work flexible hours, then being a study group leader may be for you. Being in a study group supplements the classroom instruction by helping students clarify concepts from classes, guiding of skills practice and helping with learning effective strategies. Applications to be a study group leader are available in the Life Directions Center.
What will be expected of me if I become a study group leader?
You will provide individual and study group tutoring for subject areas and study strategies as appropriate. You will attend all study group sessions and attend training workshops and meetings as required. You will refer students to the Director if the student’s personal and/or academic needs are beyond the scope of the tutor’s expertise. You will maintain confidentiality at all times
The Life Directions Center also offers seminars and one-on-one appointments for students who need assistance with Study Skills. Call 471-3567 for more information.