Changes to the Tutor Clearinghouse

In an effort to meet student tutoring demands, the Tutor Clearinghouse began prioritizing Group Tutoring in 2020.

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About the Tutor Clearinghouse


The Tutor Clearinghouse prioritizes Group Tutoring in order to meet student tutoring demands. 

Our Programs

Group Tutoring consists of up to five students, in addition to a Group Tutor, and meets weekly for 1.5 hour tutorial sessions. Group Tutoring is available for introductory courses that have, historically, experienced high demand for one-on-one tutoring through the Tutor Clearinghouse. These courses have primarily fallen within STEM and social science classes, as well as introductory language courses (numbers 1-3). Other courses that fall outside these broad categories, which have also seen robust demand for one-on-one tutoring, will also be considered.

    Students can register for Group Tutoring throughout the term. Learn more about becoming a Group Tutor and how to register for Group Tutoring.

    Individual Tutoring is very limited and is intended for students who demonstrate a specific need for individual tutorial support. Individual Tutors meet with their tutees for one hour a week per course. Here is the application to request an individual tutor.

    Students who are approved for an Individual Tutor are also strongly encouraged to join a Tutoring Group.

    Tutoring sessions may entail:

    • going over key concepts to help solidify understanding of the course material
    • working through example or practice problems
    • answering questions and reviewing course material

    The Conversation Partners and Resident Experts programs have been discontinued.

    Key Dates for 21S

    Group Tutoring Dates

    • Applications to be a Group Tutor will open on February 26th
    • Group Tutor assignments will be made by April 2nd 
    • Registration to participate in a Tutoring Group will begin April 7th at 3:00 p.m. EST
    • Tutoring Groups will begin to meet as soon as Saturday, April 10th

    Individual Tutoring Dates

    • Applications to be an Individual Tutor will open on March 26th
    • Requests for an Individual Tutor can be made beginning April 16th at noon EST
    • Requests for an Individual Tutor will begin to be reviewed April 19th and continue to be reviewed through the remainder of the term


    Attendance Policy

    The Tutor Clearinghouse expects that tutees will attend all of their tutoring sessions weekly throughout the term. Our attendance policy has been put into place because each Tutoring Group is a learning community. Within each community, it is important that every member participates regularly. Students who understand the material and students who have questions about the material both contribute to the overall learning within the group by sharing their perspectives. Each weekly session builds upon the previous sessions to create the collaborative learning environment. Consistency is an important component of your participation in Group Tutoring; please only register if you can make this commitment.

    Due to increased demand for tutoring, tutees are automatically dropped from their Tutoring Group(s) and tutor match(es) after two unexcused absences. 

    An unexcused absence is defined as an absence in which the tutee did not inform their tutor at least 24 hours in advance of a tutorial session that they will not be able to attend.

    A student on the wait list for a Tutoring Group will receive notification when there is a space available. We request confirmation that the student wants that space within 24 hours or we will contact the next person on the wait list, and the first student will be moved to the bottom of the wait list.

    Tutees, please be accountable for yourselves and communicate with your tutor(s) if you need to miss a session or if you are running late. If you still feel compelled to work with a tutor after being dropped from a Tutoring Group/match, you will be asked to re-register/re-apply and join a wait list. Thank you for helping us cultivate a sense of community in our Tutoring Groups.

    Recording Attendance

    Tutors will receive details upon hiring with specific instructions.

    Group Tutors are expected to record attendance for every tutorial session.

    Tutor Clearinghouse Drop-In Hours

    TC Drop-In Hours are designated for general Tutor Clearinghouse inquiries (e.g., Group Tutoring offerings, how to register/request tutoring, student employment guidelines, using Kronos, etc.).

    TC Drop-In Hours are also an opportunity for both tutors and tutees to connect with the Tutor Clearinghouse staff and share their experiences (e.g., concerns, challenges, compliments).


    TC Drop-In Hours Schedule:

    Tuesdays, 11:00am to 12:30pm EST

    Wednesdays, 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST


    Drop-In Hours Notes and Process:

    The Tutor Clearinghouse is holding Remote Drop-In Hours. Students may join our Zoom Meeting Waiting Room and will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis to have their questions or issues addressed by a Tutor Clearinghouse staff member in a 15-minute zoom meeting. Students cannot see who else is in the waiting room, and only one student will be admitted at a time.

    ATTEND TC DROP-IN HOURS at the schedule listed above.

    To attend TC Drop-In Hours by dialing in, please email for the mobile number and meeting ID.

    Please Note:

    • The meeting will not be available to join before the start time.
    • You must have a "" login in order to access the meeting.
    • You will be placed in the Zoom Meeting Waiting Room
    • Unfortunately, we are not able to provide you with an estimated wait time when you join.
    • Students cannot see who else is in the waiting room.
    • Tutor Clearinghouse staff will admit students one at a time in the order in which they joined.
    • Thank you in advance for your patience.

    If you feel that you will require more than 15 minutes, please schedule an appointment with Holly Tracy-Potter, Tutor Clearinghouse. Please include your availability so that a meeting time can be determined that is mutually convenient.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Looking for Support in an ENGL, CRWT, COLT, or WRIT course?

    The Tutor Clearinghouse does not provide tutors for English & Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, or Writing courses. However, there are many other resources on campus to support you. See our Campus Resources page here.

    Specifically, the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWIT) is a good service to consider. RWIT is a free service dedicated to helping members of the Dartmouth community develop more effective strategies for generating and organizing their ideas, finding and evaluating research sources, and presenting and revising compositions in a variety of media. At RWIT, you can meet one-on-one with an undergraduate or graduate tutor to discuss a paper, research project, or multimedia assignment. Tutors use a facilitative, rather than directive, approach in engaging writers in an active dialogue about their work. Whether you are brainstorming, drafting, or polishing, RWIT tutors can provide feedback that will help you create final products of which you can be proud.

    Our Location

    The Tutor Clearinghouse and Academic Skills Center are conducting all business online until further notice

    Please plan to engage with us during our Remote TC Drop-In Hours (see above) or email us at You can also ring the Academic Skills Center office at (603) 646-2014 and leave a message (include your name, email address and/or phone number, and your inquiry). Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate individual for response.

    We look forward to seeing everyone in 224 Baker Library when we're allowed back on campus.