Faculty and Advisor Resources

We are a resource for faculty and advisors. If you see a student struggling with course material or writing papers, refer that student to us for extra one-to-one attention focused on the student's specific needs. We also encourage you to mention our support to all students, even if they don't appear to be struggling; our mission is to enhance the learning experience of all students. We are available available to consult with you about incorporating tutors or other peer-centered learning into your courses. 

Referring Students to the ARC

Subject Tutoring

ARC Subject Tutors work with students on a variety of content-specific challenges. Our tutors use practice problems from textbooks, class notes, or Trunk, or they create their own to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in the classroom.

What Tutors Do:
  • Ask open-ended questions to determine exactly what a student is struggling with
  • Break down problems and tasks into smaller steps
  • Model a variety of tutoring and teaching strategies
  • Ask students to relate the current problem to other concepts and applications
  • Check frequently for understanding by having the student summarize and explain in their own words
  • Help students to develop a study plan

Our tutors do not work directly on homework assignments, computer science code, foreign language writing assignments, or take-home tests.  If you have a student who could benefit from any assistance in these areas, please refer them to our the manager of the tutoring program, Katherine Swimm.

Writing Support

Our writing consultants help students better understand the components of strong academic writing, with a focus on argumentation, organization, disciplinary conventions, clarity, and proper citation.

We can also help students develop healthy attitudes and practices around writing to reduce their writing-related stress and anxiety. Our approach is collaborative, student-centered, and process-oriented. We do not proofread or edit for students; instead, we give them tools and guidance to make informed writing and revision choices.

If you know of a student who struggles with courses that require papers, experiences writing anxiety, needs help with a long project, or just wants to improve their writing, please refer them to Kristina Aikens, Program Director for Writing Support.

Time Management & Study Strategies

In your work with students and advisees, you see them struggle in different ways: some study hard then flounder on tests, others cannot find important things in their messy, overflowing backpacks, some ask for their third extension this semester, others look exhausted from having two jobs and three clubs on top of five classes, and some faint at the sight of the reading list. 

We can help them

  • plan projects
  • improve their study strategies
  • reduce test anxiety
  • organize their class materials and backpacks 
  • build routines
  • increase motivation
  • read more efficiently and effectively
  • practice relaxation and reduce burnout

Any Arts & Sciences and Engineering student, undergrad or grad, can work with a Time Management & Study Strategies consultant for free. Students are matched with a consultant and meet once per week for an hour as many times as the student likes while classes are in session.

Contact our assistant director, Claire Weigand for more information. She can send you referral cards to hand out that explain how students sign up for a time-management consultation. You can also email her to ask her to reach out to a student directly and introduce the TM&SS Consulting program to them.

Oral Communication

Our oral communications consultants are trained to work with students on both writing and public speaking. They can help students prepare for presentations, develop conference talks, hone their lecturing skills, or overcome anxieties about speaking in public.

Please contact Luz Rodriguez if you have questions regarding this program and feel free to refer students who wish to work on their public speaking and oral communication skills. Visit go.tufts.edu/arcspeaking for more information and useful resources for your students. We also have a special program on oral communication for international/multilingual students. For more information, please also contact Luz or visit the English for Academic Purposes website: go.tufts.edu/arcEAP.

Hiring and Nominations

The ARC welcomes nominations of undergraduates to become subject tutors and writing fellows. We seek students who excel in what they wish to tutor and have strong interpersonal skills.

If you nominate a student, we will invited them to apply to the designated program; applicants go through a rigorous application and interview process. Once selected, subject tutors receive intensive training, and writing fellows take a semester-long course on tutoring pedagogy.

To nominate a student as a writing fellow, email the director of the writing fellows program, Kristina Aikens.

To nominate a student to become a subject tutor, email the manager of the subject tutoring program, Katherine Swimm.

Suggestions for Advisors

If your advisee has completed all or part of the first-year writing requirement or is otherwise looking for a writing-intensive class, consider suggesting a Writing Fellows course. Our Writing Fellows courses require a minimum of two formal papers along with individual meetings to discuss them.

If your advisee is taking Biology 13/14 or Chemistry 1/2, you should also encourage them to participate in the Introductory Sciences Study Group program. 

Opportunities for Faculty

Writing Fellows Program

If you would like to partner with the ARC on methods to teach students to plan, draft, and revise their writing before submitting it for a grade, consider applying to the Writing Fellows Program

Don't Cancel That Class

If you need to miss a class, schedule an in-class workshop conducted by an ARC staff member. Topics may include time management, project planning, study strategies, developing a paper, or feedback sessions on papers. Please provide at least two weeks’ notice for scheduling a workshop. 

Contact the ARC for more information.