Become a Peer Tutor

Training and CRLA Certification

Peer Tutor Training and CRLA Tutor Certification

All prospective Peer Tutors must attend a mandatory tutor training workshop on topics related to the College Reading and Learning Association Level 1 certification requirements, before they are hired as Peer Tutors in Training. The tutor training workshop, which is 4 hours long, is offered every fall prior to the beginning of fall semester classes. In case the prospective peer tutors miss the 4 hour mandatory tutor training workshop, they have the opportunity to attend one of the 3 hours tutor training sessions offered at the beginning of each semester prior to their hiring. The Peer Tutoring Program also offers tutor training for all CRLA levels. Peer tutor training is ongoing throughout the semester and is offered during the tutors’ mandatory monthly meeting. For more information on tutor training, open the Tutor Training tab below.

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college level. CRLA’s overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members. The CRLA International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and best practices for training tutors. ITTPC does not certify tutors or tutor trainers, but instead certifies tutor training programs which can, in turn, certify their tutors. The Peer Tutoring Program @ NU has held CRLA ITTPC certification in all three levels since 2001. The Peer Tutoring Program offers three levels of peer tutor training in accordance to the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification guidelines: CRLA Level 1, CRLA Advanced Level 2, and CRLA Level 3-Master Tutor. For more information on CRLA ITTPC process open the CRLA Certification tab below.

Peer tutor training focuses on best practices and tools needed to deliver one-on-one and small group instruction.  The majority of the Tutor-trainer supervised, Interactive, Live, and on Real-time ((TILR), tutor training happens before or at the beginning of each semester.

Peer tutor training is conducted as follows: All the Peer Tutors in Training must attend a mandatory 4 hours TILR training workshop on topics related to the CRLA Level 1 certification requirements, prior to the fall semester. In case they miss the 4 hour mandatory tutor training workshop, tutors have the opportunity to attend one of the 3 hours tutor training sessions (TILR) offered at the beginning of each semester to make up for it prior to their hiring. The CRLA Level 1 and Level 2 certified tutors attend a 2-hour training workshop (TILR) respectively, in accordance with CRLA Level 2 and Level 3 certification requirements, before or at the beginning of each semester. In addition, our CRLA Level 1 tutors working towards their Level 2 certification and the CRLA Level 2 tutors working towards their Level 3 certification may choose to participate in the training and mentoring of the lower level tutors by preparing and conducting various activities related to CRLA topics. Their participation to training the lower level tutors counts towards their Level 2 or Level 3 certification respectively as a review. Tutors receive additional tutor training (TILR) during each semester at Tutors monthly meetings (4 meetings per semester 1 hour long each).

Also, in order to enhance the tutors training experience as well as provide tutors with a pathway to meet additional tutor training requirements we have created a hybrid Blackboard course for each CRLA certification level. The CRLA Level 1 Hybrid Blackboard course is used to supplement and provide additional information and in depth knowledge on topics covered during the 3-4 hour TILR workshop. We enrolled all our peer tutors to a Hybrid Blackboard course in their respective certification level after they complete the minimum of 3-4 hours of TILR tutor training. All CRLA Hybrid BB course topics have assessments who need to be completed by the tutors and graded by the instructor/director. Each assessment carries a grade of time spent on each of them (10 points for 10 minutes, 30 points for 30 minutes, etc.) determined by the instructor/director. The grade in each assessment takes into account the time tutors spend reading or watching a PP presentation or video as well as responding to the assessment questions. We also use each Hybrid Blackboard course to keep track of both tutors training hours and actual tutoring experience so the tutors can follow their progress. In addition, the Peer Tutors also have the opportunity to participate in various activities that integrate theory and practice such as working as mentors with the lower level tutors as well as attending/presenting at the New England Peer Tutor Association (NEPTA) annual Spring conference and earn up to 120 points or 2 hours of TILR tutor training.

The Director of the PTP delivers most of the CRLA tutor training with the exception of the Writing Process which is delivered by one of the Freshman Writing faculty @ NU, the Learning Disabilities training which is delivered by the Director of the Disabilities Services @ NU, and the ESL training which is delivered by an ESL specialists @ NU.

PTP certifies its tutors once a year at the end of the Spring semester at the CRLA Certification and Awards Luncheon.

The peer Tutoring Program certifies tutors in accordance to the CRLA ITTPC requirements. The CRLA Certification and Awards ceremony is held every Spring.

In order to become CRLA Level 1 Certified Tutor, you must:

  •  Complete a minimum of 10 hours of tutor training which a minimum of 6 hours must be face-to-face, interactive, and the remaining 4 hours can be completed via Blackboard, workshops, conferences, articles, etc.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 25 hours of actual tutoring experience

In order to become CRLA Level 2 Certified Tutor, you must:

  •  Complete a minimum of 10 hours of tutor training which a minimum of 4 hours must be face-to-face, interactive, and the remaining 6 hours can be completed via Blackboard, workshops, conferences, articles, etc.
  • Successfully complete at least 25 additional hours of actual tutoring experience

In order to become CRLA Level 3 Certified Tutor, you must:

  •  Complete a minimum of 10 hours of tutor training which a minimum of 4 hours must be face-to-face, interactive, and the remaining 6 hours can be completed via Blackboard, workshops, conferences, articles, etc.
  • Successfully complete at least 25 additional hours of actual tutoring experience

A minimum of 8 of the following topics should be covered in the Level 1 training:

  1. Definition of tutoring and tutor responsibilities
  2. Basic tutoring guidelines (do’s and don’ts)
  3. Techniques for successfully beginning and ending a tutor session
  4. Adult learners, learning theory, and/or learning styles
  5. Assertiveness and/or handling difficult students
  6. Role modeling
  7. Setting goals and/or planning
  8. Communication skills
  9. Active listening and paraphrasing
  10. Referral skills
  11. Study skills
  12. Critical thinking skills
  13. Compliance with the ethics and philosophy of the tutor program, sexual harassment, and/or plagiarism
  14. Modeling problem solving
  15. Other (please specify)

 

For more information regarding CRLA Tutor Certification, visit www.crla.net