Math and Writing Centers Obtain CRLA Certification
April 20, 2015
On March 16, LIM College's Math Center joined a select group of learning centers around the world certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). The Writing Center earned the same accreditation on April 1.
Math and Writing Center peer tutors will now be certified after completing a rigorous tutoring training program. This will increase the quality of services that both centers provide to LIM College students.
This certification means that LIM students will work with peer tutors who have a deep understanding not only of the relevant subject matter, but also of what it means to communicate well, according to John Deming, Interim Director of the Writing Center. “The training process ensures tutors know what it means to make a student feel supported and empowered and how to work with students who have a variety of learning styles.”
In order for a peer tutor to be certified, she or he needs to complete a minimum of 25 hours of face-to-face tutoring and 10 tutoring training hours, says Anahu Guzman, Director of the Math Center. "The training covers a variety of topics including different learning styles, best practices for assisting students with disabilities, and techniques to help students deal with anxiety."
In the case of the Writing Center, students will be certified to tutor either writing or computer-aided design (CAD). “Writing tutors provide support on every level, at all stages of the process, for any kind of writing project," says Professor Deming.
Peer tutors are selected based on their potential to be of assistance to other students. The sources used to determine that potential include faculty recommendations, academic record and a student's personal characteristics.