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There are numerous advantages to a peer tutor program, the most obvious
advantages being reduction in costs associated with tutoring, an increase in
access (as students tend to solicit help from their peers more often) and
program flexibility as you have more options when you are  not bound by the
strings associated with professional employees. The down side is lack of
availability of the content specialists students need, the necessity to
institute a rather strong peer tutor training program which provides training
on a regular basis (helps deal with student turnover) and getting faculty to
accept peer tutors in some of the more instrusive models like SI, clinics and
skill based tutoring as opposed to content based tutoring. I find that a
combination of peer and professional tutors works best for us. We assign
professionals to SI, clinics, course mentoring and skill based sessions and
we assign peers to home assignment help, study groups and  student mentoring.
Our program is more cost effective and diverse to meet the diverse needs of
our student body. If you want more information, contact our Learning Center
Manager [log in to unmask] Hope this helps. Monica P. Bond, Dean Curriculum &
Instruction
Roxbury Community College
Boston, MA