Requesting a tutor at the ERC just got easier. As part of our former application process to get a tutor, students were asked to fill out a sheet of paper describing their need for a tutor and general contact information. Students had to fill out their availability on a grid, often with colored pens and pencils we supplied at the front desk. I often made beautiful, color-coded examples to show students what we expected them to turn in. But paper forms are now a thing of the past.
Enter TutorTrac, our brand new online system. It’s actually incredibly convenient and there are so many improvements to the way tutoring at the ERC is going to happen. In my opinion, the coolest part is our new “weekly” vs. “single” appointments. Weekly is based on what we previously had; you are able to sign up online for a group session with the same tutor for a class for a set time every week of the semester. It’s great for forming a relationship with your tutor so you can jump in where you left off previously and tutors can really get to know your learning strengths, which means you can get the most out of your session.
On the other hand, sometimes you might be doing great in a class and there’s this one topic you can’t wrap your brain around. In that case, you’d use a “single” appointment which is a one time, one hour meeting with a tutor. This is great for understanding single concepts or if your schedule is too busy to make a weekly commitment. Basically, the ERC now offers the best of both worlds.
After countless surveys and taking your opinion into consideration, our wonderful ERC professional staff (specifically Mike, our Academic Support Specialist, and Michele, our Peer Tutoring Coordinator) worked so incredibly hard to make this happen. While I’ll miss creating beautiful faux schedules, TutorTrac is phenomenal! I can’t wait for the entire BU community to experience it in the fall, but for anyone taking summer classes, it’s up and running now! Check it out here.