The Tutoring Program at the Student Success Center and at the Student Services' Offices at the Bedford and Somerset County Campuses have the goal of helping students become independent learners. Through a review of the course materials, tutors help students to gain a better understanding while providing methods to improve their study skills and academic confidence. Tutors are not intended to take the place of instructors but to provide additional support that students need to successfully complete their courses. A variety of support services including one-on-one individual tutors and small group review sessions (study labs) are available in most credit courses.
Top Ten Reasons to Get a Tutor
- Improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Develop a better understanding of subject content.
- Improve your study skills.
- Learn how to mange your time and still have time for fun.
- Improve your communication skills.
- Learn how to manage stress.
- Improve your vocabulary.
- Understand and mange test anxiety.
- Improve your written communication skills.
- Learn how to study smarter, not harder; get better grades in less time.
The program is internationally accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association.
Most Individual Tutors are individuals who are currently enrolled as students at ACM. They provide the following assistance to students enrolled in credit course:
- A review of class materials.
- Assistance in improving study skills.
- Help in building confidence in academic abilities.
Students are encouraged to apply for a individual tutor early and to meet with him/her regularly throughout the semester. If the requests for tutors are greater than the supply of qualified individuals, students may be placed on a waiting list.
- Complete an Application by applying on-line. Students may also print the on-line application and return it to the SSC.
- Get Assigned a Tutor. The SSC makes every effort to identify and to assign qualified tutors who are available at the times the student has requested as quickly as possible. If a tutor is not available at the time the student has requested, he/she may be asked to meet with the tutor at other times when the student is not in class.
- Receive a Tutor Assignment. The student will be notified by email.
- Contact your Tutor. The SSC will provide information on contacting the tutor. The student should contact tutor as quickly as possible and schedule the first appointment.
- Meet throughout the Semester. We recommend that students meet with your tutor two to three times a week all semester. The tutor and student should meet even if the student believes he/she has an understanding of the course material.
- The student is responsible for contacting the individual tutor as soon as possible after receiving the assignment.
- The student must be enrolled in and attending the class.
- The student is responsible to arrive at all sessions on time and prepared and to attend all scheduled tutoring sessions or to notify the tutor in advance. Three unexcused absences may result in termination of services.
- All tutoring sessions must take place on a campus of Allegany College of Maryland.
- Students may receive three hours of tutoring per subject each of the 15 weeks in a semester for a total of 45. Five hours per week is offer during the summer session or A-Term and B-Term.
- The student is responsible for maintaining contact with the individual tutor and for scheduling future sessions.
- Determine Eligibility. Tutors must have:
- An overall (cumulative) grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- An A or B in the course(s) to be tutored. In the event that the student has taken a more advanced course that requires a strong understanding of lower-level courses, the grade in that course may be used.
- Sponsorship of an ACM faculty member. A signature is required.
- Be in good standing in the community.
- Apply in the SSC, apply online or download the application. Complete an application verifying qualifications.
- Interview with an SSC staff member. The interviewer assesses the tutors competency in the subject matter and communications skills as well as beginning the training process.
Depending upon funding and available staff, the SSC offers several study labs that are staffed by individual, professional, or AmeriCorps tutors. These labs meet are a variety of times and locations. For the latest schedule, visit the SSC in H-58 or click here. No appointments, applications, or fees are required; walk-ins are welcome. Those students visiting the labs may receive individual attention or may study in a group.
- Math Study Lab
- Science Study Lab
- Writing Center
The Tutoring Club is composed of a group of tutors who meet to discuss the rewards challenges of tutoring and methods to promote and improve the program. In addition to fund raising activities, the tutors visit tutoring programs at other colleges and universities, attend national and state meetings, and host an annual Tutor Appreciation Banquet.