By Feiyu Su
When junior Grace Hayden needed help with a class last spring, she tried Tiger Tutors. After one session, she was hooked.
“I went for a full year, pretty much twice a week, every week,” Hayden said. “I think I got a better grade in my classes because I went to tutoring.”
Hayden met upper-level students who received good grades in the same class and helped her understand the key concepts.
Tiger Tutors offers group drop-in tutoring sessions for more than 40 classes in accountancy, algebra, biological and life sciences, calculus, chemistry, economics, physics, Spanish and statistics.
Students meet with tutors in small groups via Zoom to ask questions, review materials and discuss course content.
Most tutors utilize diagrams and analogies to help students understand the information.
“They kind of dummy down the information that I don’t understand,” said Diamond McGhee, a senior student studying health sciences.
Tiger Tutor Lindsi Wilfing said that compassion is the key to tutoring.
“We’re also students,” she said. “It’s nice for other students to know that I struggled in the same areas that they are struggling.”
Wilfing, a senior studying biological sciences, said students who don’t have study groups outside their classes can turn to Tiger Tutors sessions — where everyone works towards the same goal.
“There’s no obligation to be better than anyone else,” she said. “Everybody’s there to help each other.”
Tiger Tutors teach more than course content. They help students to become more academically skilled overall.
“We’re hoping that the experiences they’ve had in Tiger Tutors, the examples that they see led by tutors, and the processes and the thinking that we go through, they can apply to different courses in the future,” Wilfing said.
This additional academic support matters.
“Any college campus without supplemental academic support is an incomplete college campus,” said Yve Solbrekken, coordinator of math-based science tutoring within Tiger Tutors and the Study Plan Consultant Program in the Learning Center.
Professors are always the best source of information, Solbrekken said, and tutors always encourage students to utilize office hours. “But there is no one professor who is able to meet all of the needs of all of their students always,” she said.