Peer tutoring is a free resource available to all Haverford students.
Every semester our peer tutors hold over 3,000 hours of service in 19 disciplines. Peer tutoring is one among a few content-level support structures at Haverford. It is widely utilized because the rigorous learning demands at Haverford require additional support, and courses are designed with the knowledge that these structures are accessible to all students.
Peer tutoring is unique in that it relies solely on the knowledge of your peers to guide you through the process of disciplinary ways of knowing and doing. Unlike, teaching assistants and question center staff, peer tutors may not be in direct contact with the instructor of the course, but will tutor you on their experience and knowledge of the subject matter; this is by design, as this affords peer tutors the ability to speak to the content in different ways at a level that might be closer to your understanding.
Peer tutoring might not be the best support structure for “help with homework” (Q-centers and TA sessions), however, peer tutoring can help solidify the process and conceptualization of the material. The goal of peer tutoring is to strengthen your foundational knowledge of a course or concepts and find new approaches to overcome the complexity. You can meet with a peer tutor at any stage in the learning process whether you’re challenged by the material or just need some accountability and someone to talk things through.
Interested in a career in education, medicine, law, or the nonprofit sector? Want to give back to the community? Become a peer tutor!