Tutoring

Tutor AvailabilitySupplemental InstructionBecoming a Tutor

The Elftmann Student Success Center provides tutoring free of charge for all students attending Dunwoody College of Technology. Tutors are available on a regular schedule or by appointment. Appointments can be made by e-mailing the tutor directly via the link below. In addition, Student Success faculty are available from 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Many also hold hours in their technical program labs.

Tutor Availability

A photo of a tutor and student at a computer station.Tutors receive extensive training and are generally recommended by an instructor. We currently offer tutors in several technical programs:

Spring 2015 Tutors 
  • Computer Networking Systems (CNTS)
  • Engineering Drafting and Design (MDES)
  • Electronics Engineering Technology (ELTT)
  • Electrical Construction & Maintenance (ELEC)
  • Graphic Design (GDES)
  • HVACR Systems Servicing (SERV)
  • Interior Design (IDES)
  • Machine Tool Technology (MACH)
  • Web Programming & Database Development (CWEB)

Even if your program is not represented, several skills crossover among different programs. Our faculty and tutors are happy to help you with these skills, including:

  • Algebra
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Electricity theory
  • Electrical circuits
  • Design software — such as Revit, AutoCAD, Solidworks
  • Thermodynamics
  • Basic computer support
  • Writing
  • Planning long-range projects

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer supported study sessions. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review session designed to help student enrolled in difficult classes.

How does it work?
  • SI Leaders are student workers hired to organize and implement the study sessions. They are the model student.
  • SI Supervisor provides continuous training and feedback to the Leaders.
  • Faculty teach their class as always and don’t need to worry about slowing down or sacrificing academic rigor.
  • Students enjoy the benefit of additional support and earn higher final grades as long as they are will to work.
What classes are best suited for SI?
  • Classes with high rate of Ds, Fs and attrition of students
  • Classes ideally within the first 2 quarters
  • A foundational class crucial to all classes that follow and/or to the career
  • Large class sizes
  • Classes with a large amount of theory
How do I get SI for one of my classes?

Contact Ross Brower at rbrower@dunwoody.edu.

Becoming a Tutor
Description

The Elftmann Student Success Center provides a tutor for most technical programs at Dunwoody College of Technology. Tutors are generally recommended by an instructor, but individual students are encouraged to apply as well. Tutors are expected to staff the Center and assist students with homework and studying approximately 10 hours per week, as well as maintain regular contact with the students of their technical program.

Tutor Qualifications
  • Successful completion of at least 1 quarter of technical work at Dunwoody College
  • Recommendation of an instructor
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others and communicate effectively
  • Proficient in the Arts & Sciences, especially math and/or English
Process for Becoming a Tutor

1.) Contact Ross Brower to discuss the application process and to schedule an interview. Phone: 612-381-8247 Email: rbrower@dunwoody.edu Office: Black 52E

2.) Ask a financial aid representative if you qualify for work study.

3.) Ensure your instructor recommendation is emailed to Ross Brower.

4.) For the interview, you must bring a problem from your technical program to conduct a tutoring session. The problem should take approximately 10 minutes to work through.

5.) Tutors then complete 30+ hours of training covering topics that follow the specifications set by the College Reading and Learning Association. Topics include tutoring techniques, modeling, questioning, and managing small groups.

6.) The final step is to complete 25+ hours of tutoring during the summer.

Tutor Responsibilities

All tutors are expected to:

  • Punch in and out daily
  • Staff the front desk
    – Welcome students
    – Ask students to sign in
    – Offer tutoring
  • Help maintain a positive learning environment
    – Help keep the space clean
    – Restock the printer and staplers as needed
    – Empty the 3-hole punch and pencil sharpener as needed
  • Monitor students
    – Keep the general rules of ESSC (no eating, make sure drinks have a lid, etc.)
    – Maintain a reasonable volume among student conversations
    – Regularly contact 1st and 2nd quarter students within your program
    – Quarterly — formally visit the classroom or the Tutor Coordinator
    – Weekly — contact with instructor or students
  • Track tutoring visits
  • Post tutoring schedule online
Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Student Success Center: studentsuccess@dunwoody.edu or 612-381-3398.