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FPU’s peer tutoring receives certification

The College Reading and Learning Association has granted Franklin Pierce University’s Peer Tutoring program Level 1 certification, giving the program recognition as an internationally certified program. Franklin Pierce has been developing and refining its Peer Tutoring program for years.

An important component of CRLA is to improve student learning, and one of their many programs is the International Tutor Program Certification (ITPC) for college and university peer tutoring programs.

There are three levels of certification granted (certified tutor, advanced certified, and master certified tutor); Franklin Pierce was granted Level 1 (certified tutor) certification, which requires at least 10 hours of training for each tutor, with six of those hours tutor-trainer supervised and interactive.

The Franklin Pierce tutors spent their training hours in a variety of modalities, including face-to-face training sessions, attending lectures given by guest speakers, utilization of web resources, textbook work, individual conferences, and attendance at regional conferences to inform and enhance their training.

Training subjects included successful techniques of tutoring, learning theory, learning styles, working with adult learners, assertiveness training, handling difficult students, role modeling, setting goals and planning, communication skills, active listening techniques, referral skills, teaching study and critical thinking skills, sexual harassment issues, plagiarism, problem solving, working with international learners, and more.

The Peer Tutor program is run by Maureen Baptiste and Patti Vorfeld of the Center for Academic Excellence.

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