What is Embedded Tutoring?

The Embedded Tutoring program at Merritt College focuses on using embedded tutors to provide more individualized attention and assistance during class activities and to motivate students’ participation and engagement in a classroom setting. Embedded tutoring is a form of Supplemental Instruction (SI), based on the model developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In embedded tutoring, a tutor works in the classroom under the instructor’s guidance to help students understand course concepts and enhance student engagement. The tutor may attend all, or only certain class meeting days each week. In the classroom, the tutor functions as:

  • a peer tutor, providing support to students as they work with the class content and texts.
  • a mentor, helping students foster connections with support services
  • a model student, demonstrating effective student behaviors and successful academic habits

Role of Embedded Tutors

The Embedded Tutor may engage in the following types of activities:
  • help facilitate small group exercises or discussions
  • offer the perspective of an experienced student in class discussions
  • work with individual students who require additional support during class activities
  • assist students to learn how to effectively utilize software, tools, etc.
  • guide students, provide feedback and answer questions during in-class hands-on practice
Things the Embedded Tutor not permitted to do:
  • teach new concepts the course instructor has not already introduced
  • lead the class without the instructor present
  • grade assignments
  • enforce class management or discipline policies
  • function as a personal assistant to the instructor

It is important for the course instructor to consider how the tutor will be engaged in class during each individual class meeting, and design class activities that include active tutor participation.

Focus Areas for Embedded Tutoring

The program provides peer-embedded support for a wide variety of courses in basic skills, transfer, STEM, and courses that lead to degrees or certificates.

The new Faculty Request Form for Embedded Tutoring Spring 2023 will be available November 2022.

-- Request an Embedded Tutor

If you are an instructor and would like an embedded tutor for one of your classes, you should

  1. Complete the faculty embedded tutor request. All areas of the application should be fully completed, and any additional information specific to your class is appreciated.
  2. If the Learning Center is able to place a tutor in your class from currently employed tutors, the Learning Center Coordinator, Charlotte Victorian, will work together with you to select a qualified tutor.
  3. The course instructor may be responsible for finding a tutor if a qualified individual does not already work at The Learning Center. The tutor applicant must meet the Embedded Tutor Criteria (listed below) and complete all necessary employment paperwork, including the Tutor Application Form (Microsoft Forms). The Learning Center Coordinator will interview any potential applicants to determine appropriateness for the program.
-- Embedded Tutor Eligibility
  • Successfully completed the course for which he/she will work as an embedded tutor
  • Earned grade of a B or better in the class that he/she will be tutoring and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview with Learning Center Coordinator
  • Enrollment or completion of the online course LRNRE 30, Tutor Training
  • A recommendation from a Merritt College instructor teaching in the discipline for courses the applicant wishes to tutor Faculty Recommendation Form (PDF)
  • Completion of Human Resources required documents
-- Course Instructor - Embedded Tutor Partnership

By the first week of the tutor’s attendance in the course, the instructor and tutor should meet to discuss this document, along with the goals and expectations of their professional relationship. A clear understanding of each partner’s responsibilities is the first step toward a successful collaborative experience. If either party is unwilling or unable to meet the responsibilities outlined in this document, they should contact Charlotte Victorian immediately.

Embedded Tutor Work Log

The embedded tutor is responsible for managing their tutor log, a record documenting 1:1 tutor interactions with students.