Welcome to the LAVC Tutor Training Certification Program
The Importance of Learning Assistance Programs and Tutor Training
Statement from Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education:
Contemporary learning assistance programs (LAP) facilitate student learning, development, and academic success (Ryan & Glenn, 2004; Stone & Jacobs, 2008) by assisting students in developing appropriate strategies and behaviors to increase learning efficiency (Dansereau, 1985). Students’ particular cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and noncognitive needs may be addressed through a carefully-designed combination of student support programs, tutoring, and developmental courses in reading, writing, mathematics, and study strategies (Armstrong, Stahl, & Boylan, 2014; Flippo & Caverly, 2009; Hodges, Simpson, & Stahl, 2009).
As the CAS points out, tutoring plays an important role in supporting student learning. However, as Dr. Rick Sheets author of “From Peer Tutoring and Tutor Training: A Historical Perspective” explains, tutoring alone is not enough. In fact “training for peer tutors [is] essential for successful tutoring programs in colleges and universities” (5).