The peer tutoring program at the Educational Help, Services, and Academic Support Center (EHSAS) is an important service provided by Habib University to assist students in achieving academic excellence. This program has been developed to promote collaborative learning between students who have shown academic excellence and students who want academic support. With this aim of focusing on individual development within a supportive and collaborative learning space, the objectives of the peer tutoring program are as follow:
- To provide learning assistance to students in overcoming their academic challenges in specific courses
- To promote empathy and a culture of collaborative learning, and supporting each other as members of a cohesive community
- To provide tutors with an opportunity to refine their interpersonal, communication, and instructional skills.
EHSAS Peer Tutors
The EHSAS Peer Tutors are selected from a pool of high performing students with excellent academic qualifications. They are assigned to help other students learn academic concepts, techniques, as well as success strategies for specific courses.
EHSAS Peer Tutors are welcoming, supportive, and enthusiastic about their subjects, with the desire and the ability to engage with students, help them identify learning gaps, and pass on their skills. They welcome problems, both big and small, and help students gain confidence in their own capabilities and develop a deeper understanding of the topic.
Being a Peer Tutor is a popular and well-respected position; students from all disciplines apply to become part of the EHSAS team. Peer Tutors are carefully selected on the basis of their CV, course grade, CGPA, interviews, and faculty endorsements.
Types of Peer Tutoring Sessions
The following types of peer tutoring sessions take place at EHSAS based on the needs of students.
- Individual sessions:
These are one-on-one sessions, where a student can meet with the tutor individually. These sessions may be up to 60 minutes in length, and are designed for students who drop in at EHSAS looking to have a few specific questions/concerns addressed by the tutor in an individual setting.
- Group Sessions:
These are small group sessions where a group of students will meet with the tutor. These sessions are designed for students who require clarification with specific questions/concepts but do not necessarily require individual attention.
- Practice/Exam Preparation Review Sessions:
Group sessions of up to two hours may be held by tutors to review course content during the term or in preparation for exams. These sessions will either be announced beforehand, or students may book them in advance by contacting the tutors directly. Tutors will inform the EHSAS Officer regarding a session, and a room will be booked for the designated period of time for the group.
- Weekly Sessions:
These are scheduled for a group of students for a specified time-frame. These sessions are designed based on the recommendations received from academic advisors for those students who require special attention and consistent help with their course work. Students may also contact the EHSAS Officer directly for weekly sessions.
Venue for Peer Tutoring
- Most peer tutoring takes place on the lower ground floor where the EHSAS Center is situated (unless otherwise specified).
- The Office of Academic Performance at the Student Centre is another venue where certain peer tutoring sessions may take place.
- The EHSAS working hours are 09:00 to 05:00 on all weekdays, including all working Saturdays.
- No prior appointment is necessary; however, it works on a first-come, first-served basis. If you find a tutor busy, there is plenty of space to wait and read/study/use a computer.
Each Peer tutor’s timings are posted on the bulletin board in the EHSAS Center and are also posted on Facebook.