Study Partners, a free peer tutoring service, has been a part of Auburn’s campus for more than 35 years. They have recently experienced changes to their program.
Their office used to be located in the bottom of the RBD Library in the “Academic Suite.” After their popularity increased, they were able to move their office to the second floor to the “Learning Commons.”
The Learning Commons makes Study Partners visible to the majority of people who walk into the library. There is more space, group study rooms and teacher specific groups offered.
Senior Tutor Supervisor Chandler Whatley has been working for Study Partners since the spring of her sophomore year. She has seen a rise in popularity firsthand.
Whatley got involved after she received an email from the College of Business about Study Partners. She decided to apply for a chance to tutor Business Calculus I because it was a subject she enjoyed and was good at. She also liked the idea of a part-time job on campus.
This semester there are 56 tutors, which is a six tutor increase from the spring, according to Whatley.
Study Partners tutors in core curriculum and high-level math and science courses. Their most popular subjects are Fundamentals Chemistry I, Calculus I and Calculus with Business Applications I.
The busiest days of the week are Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Whatley said there is a spike in appointments after the first test.
Study Partners likes to host camaraderie events for their tutors. “We are like a little family,” Whatley said.
In order to be a tutor you must receive an A or B grade in the course you wish to tutor in. You must apply three months prior to the semester you would like to tutor, have three staff recommendations and participate in an interview.
“The majority of our tutors would say the best part is when their regular students go from failing a class to getting a B,” Whatley said. “It’s interactive and we feel like we are impacting the Auburn community.”
Their newest addition is the “No-Show Fee.” When a student does not show for their appointment they are charged $10 to their Bursar Bill.
Whatley expressed that there was a problem with no-shows and they saw it as a chance for revenue. The student has up to five minutes prior to their scheduled tutoring session to cancel.
“The only thing holding us back is funding,” Whatley said. “While I have worked here we have grown a lot and I would like to see us grow even more.”
"When I got tutored for Business Calculus I, my tutor explained the material better than my teacher did in class," Kara Crowe, senior in Marketing said. "I wouldn't hesitate to go back for help."