The STEM Resource Center provides peer academic support to undergraduate students in the form of the Peer Tutor/Mentor Program.
Established in Fall 2013, the STEM Resource Center is a non-classroom undergraduate STEM student-centered learning community at UC Merced to allow for gathering and interaction between students from various STEM majors and level. The Peer Tutor/Mentor Program was established within the STEM Center immediately after its opening with the objective of providing academic assistance to undergraduate students, thus contributing to UC Merced’s goal of increasing undergraduate retention rates in math, science and engineering disciplines. The program was designed to serve the diverse UC Merced undergraduate population by providing continues and comprehensive educational support to any student currently enrolled in a program supported course.
Tutoring sessions occur in the STEM Center, AOA 114, and tutor schedule is posted on the website and in the room. Most sessions are One-On-One with the tutor. A Small Group (2 or 3 students) sessions are sometimes necessary, based on demand. Help is provided on walk-in basis and no appointments are necessary.
Most of our peer tutors/mentors volunteer their time in the program. They are interviewed and further selected based on their excellent academic achievements (3.0 and above GPA and at least A- in the course they tutor) and strong dedication to the program’s goals. They are expected to self-select at least three STEM courses they can tutor. For the identified courses, they are able to provide clear explanation on the concepts, assist students with their homework assignments, exam preparation, and if any, lab reports. Throughout the academic year, support is provided for peer tutors in the form of group meetings and individual discussions with the STEM Center coordinator. At the beginning of each semester, tutors participate in a mandatory training given by STEM Center coordinator where tutor guidelines are discussed. Peer tutors are accountable for strictly following the guidelines, as these guidelines are used as criteria in the tutors’ evaluation.
How to Become a Tutor
Information and eligibility on how to be come a tutor for the STEM Resource Center can be found here.
Peer Tutor/Mentor Program Mission Statement
STEM Center’s Peer Tutor/Mentor Program provides peer academic support to UC Merced undergraduate students to enable them to enrich their educational experiences in the STEM field and perform intellectually at high levels in their courses.
Peer Tutor/Mentor Program Goals
- Provide student-centered academic support for STEM courses in the form of peer tutoring
- Engage students in learning activities to enhance their academic knowledge and study skills development
- Provide information related to resources on campus
- Encourage students to acknowledge personal responsibility for their own learning and academic accomplishments
- Enhance peer tutors professional skills and intellectual development
Program Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes for students receiving tutoring and for tutors can be for here.