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Academic Center for Excellence and Success Subject Matter Tutoring

ACES provides a wide range of subject matter tutoring

ACES provides tutoring in the following areas

Tutoring Subjects

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • College Algebra
  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • German
  • Spanish

Types of Tutoring: The Many Ways You Can Receive Help

The ACES offers five types of tutoring for ESU students. The type of tutoring offered will depend on the subject, course, and tutors' availability. In addition, what you can expect will vary based on the type of tutoring session. The types of tutoring available ranges from one-on-one appointments to large group review sessions for introductory to advanced-level courses.

One-on-One tutoring by appointment

One-on-one tutoring appointments are individual tutoring sessions scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Each student can schedule up to two one-on-one tutoring appointments per week per subject. However, if another student who is enrolled in the same class is available at the set date/time, both students will be made aware and invited to attend and participate in the same session. One-on-one tutoring sessions range from 30-60 minutes long and can be scheduled by emailing aces@emporia.edu.

Small Group Tutoring

Small group tutoring sessions are described as single sessions with a group of up to three students in the same course with the same professor. Students who engage in small group tutoring generally attend the session with their classmates and have the same questions or concerns about the material as the other group members. Small group tutoring makes great use of collaborative learning principles in that members, with a tutor’s guidance, are responsible for sharing their individual knowledge. Small group tutoring sessions are generally 60 minutes long and take place during our designated walk-in times.

Designated Walk-in

Designated walk-in tutoring is guaranteed during posted tutoring hours for each subject. Students may utilize walk-in hours for individual assistance or small group tutoring sessions. Assistance is provided on a first come, first serve basis, and walk-in tutoring sessions are typically 30-60 minutes long.

Embedded tutoring and embedded learning assistance (ELA)

Embedded tutoring and embedded learning assistance (ELA) provide an embedded tutor for preselected courses that are most difficult to pass successfully. The tutor attends the class one to five times a week to observe and/or assist the professor with group problem-based learning. The tutor may also facilitate one to two 90-minute review sessions per week outside of class. Only students enrolled in a course with the assigned embedded tutor will be invited to attend the review sessions; however, students from other sections of the same course may attend. Students are notified the first week of class if their class has embedded tutoring or embedded learning assistance (ELA).

Review Sessions

Review sessions are weekly sessions provided for select courses. They are facilitated by peer tutors with the assistance and approval of the ACES Director. The material covered in the sessions is provided by the faculty member responsible for the course, and students' participation is strongly encouraged by the faculty member. Students should check their syllabus or faculty member to determine if review sessions are an option or a requirement for their courses.

Why see an ACES tutor

The ACES tutoring staff bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from the courses they have taken from some of Emporia State University (ESU)'s own faculty members. Not only are they skilled in the various content areas, but they can direct you on how to prepare and study based on their firsthand experience in various professors' classes. They know if a professor is big on their PowerPoint or content in their Canvas shell, for instance. They are also aware of additional academic resources that can help you pass their classes with a good grade.

Apart from being mentored by faculty within their discipline, they are trained and certified, or actively working on obtaining their certification, through the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) to help you learn and retain information. Some of the skills that tutors receive from undergoing continuous, extensive training are that of:

  • Active listening and paraphrasing
  • Learning theory and styles
  • Tutoring do's and don’ts
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Referral skills
  • Study skills
  • Cultural Awareness and intercultural communication skills