Peer Tutoring Program Description

Peer Tutors provide supplementary course-connected content instruction and support for students, with focus on introductory first-year and sophomore-year courses that create the greatest challenges for students. The overarching goal of peer tutoring at Connecticut College is to enable students to become independent learners.  Tutors are employed by the College and are paid by the Academic Resource Center (ARC).  The ARC provides tutoring to Connecticut College students at no additional cost.

The ARC offers individual and group tutoring options in order to support all of our students in the best possible way. 

Peer tutoring groups are offered weekly. 

Individual tutoring is offered in a variety of courses, based on student need and tutor availability. Please visit the ARC to learn more about these offerings. 

Assignment of individual tutors is done via the ARC and is based on availability and need. If other resources, such as group tutoring, are available, the ARC may refer the student to these resources before assigning an individual tutor for the course. 

To request a tutor, email

At times, faculty members will require the student to visit office hours and TA sessions prior to approving tutoring for the class.  As such, students should consult with the faculty member prior to requesting tutoring resources.

Tutoring Referrals

Students requesting tutoring are self-identified, or are referred to the program by professors, departments, programs, centers, the ARC, their adviser, or their class dean. Generally, students will be recommended to attend group tutoring if group sessions are offered for that class. After attending a group tutoring session, a tutor may refer a student for individual tutoring.

To request an individual tutor, we ask students to complete a Tutor Request Form (see above).  This form must be completed at the beginning of each semester or at the time when tutoring is being requested.  Once the ARC reviews this request, the ARC will assign students accordingly.

  • Tutors focus on the concepts behind a problem, or the process of solving a problem.
  • Having a tutor is a supplement to other class resources. Students are expected to attend class, TA sessions, and/or the professor’s office hours, in addition to course tutoring.
  • As a result of meeting with a tutor, students should expect to work hard, improve their skills and understanding of class material, and their comfort level with class material.

If you would like more information on peer tutoring, please contact the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at, or 860-439-5294.