FACT SHEET: GENERAL TUTORING, SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION & EMBEDDED TUTORING
All Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders, Embedded Tutors (ET) and General Tutors support student learning. However, the purpose of SI and General Tutoring leads to a different approach for serving students, while Embedded Tutoring is a combination of both approaches. The chart below compares some differences in the positions.
|IMPLEMENTATION||GENERAL TUTORING||SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI)||EMBEDDED TUTORING (ET)|
|Target Audience||Identifies and helps any student who requests additional assistance in general course topics with a trained peer tutor in the Tutoring Center.||Identifies *historically difficult courses, providing group workshops with an SI Leader who has successfully completed the class and is assigned to a specific section of the course.||Identifies historically difficult courses, providing group workshops and/or helps individual students with an ET who has successfully completed the class and is assigned to a specific section of the course.|
|Subject Mastery||Provides academic tutoring by a general tutor who is knowledgeable in specific course subjects.||Provides SI workshops by an SI Leader who is also present in class lectures with students. Preferably, the SI Leader has **successfully taken the course with the same instructor.||Provides academic tutoring by an embedded tutor who is also present in class lectures with students. Preferably, the ET has successfully taken the course with the same instructor.|
|Scheduling Process||General Tutors work with students on a walk-in basis.||SI Leaders set specific workshop times that are available to students on a voluntary basis.||ET’s are available for individual appointments and they set specific workshop times that are available to students on a voluntary basis.|
|Focus||Tutoring focuses on content and internalization of course content.||SI focuses on learning/study strategies and internalization of course content.||Embedded Tutoring focuses on content, learning/study strategies and internalization of course content.|
|Training||General Tutors are trained in best practices for tutoring, collaborative learning and study techniques.||SI Leaders are trained in collaborative learning and study techniques.||Embedded Tutors are trained in best practices for one-on-one tutoring, collaborative learning and study techniques.|
|Goal||Tutoring primarily promotes independent learning and individual confidence.||SI primarily promotes student interaction and mutual support between classmates.||Embedded Tutoring promotes independent learning, individual confidence, student interaction and mutual support between classmates.|
|Goal||The goal of tutoring is to facilitate student success and improve understanding of academic content.||The goal of the SI Program is to help students improve their academic performance and improve graduation/retention rates in historically difficult courses.
|The goal of Embedded Tutoring is to facilitate student success, improve understanding of academic course content and improve graduation/retention rates in historically difficult courses.|
*Historically difficult courses are those that have empirically identified as having a DFW rate of 25% or more, consistently for at least 3 semesters.
**Successfully taken course means with a grade of B or better.