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Embedded Tutoring

This guide provides instructions, tips, resources, and research to support the embedded tutoring model employed in co-requisite courses funded by Title V.

Learning Specialist Contact Info

For more information or to request assistance, please contact Tina Bavone, Title V Learning Specialist. 


Phone: 708-456-0300 ext. 3933

Location: J-231

Tips for Effective Embedded Tutoring

  • Build a strong partnership with your tutor early on.
  • Keep consistent lines of communication i.e. email updates and materials, meet with tutor before/after class or during their outside support hours.
  • Get to know your tutor and find ways their background and experiences would enhance the class.
  • Get to know tutor’s strengths and areas for growth and communicate regularly with tutor on these.
  • Integrate the tutor into your classroom by introducing them the first day, explaining to class the ways in which the tutor will assist in class activities.
  • Include name and contact information for the class’s tutor in syllabus or Blackboard announcement.
  • Communicate with tutor in advance of each class to explain their role for that day.
  • Share with tutor your expectations for the assignment and any rubrics for grading.
  • Ideas to consider when preparing lessons that utilize a tutor and ways to work side by side with the tutor in your classroom.
    • Assign tutor to work with specific students and/or conduct break out groups.
    • Have tutor check in with students who were absent.
    • Have tutor lead a think aloud and model their thinking.
    • Have tutor circulate during group work helping students to understand the directions and think critically through Socratic questioning
    • Have tutor organize and facilitate study groups and advertise these to students. Possibly assign extra credit to those who attend.
    • Have tutor find additional resources that could help the students.
    • Ask tutor to contribute to whole-class discussions by opening discussion or encouraging further discussion by offering a counter perspective or critical question. (Tutor should be mindful not to dominate the conversation.)