Science & Math Peer Tutoring

Science & Math Peer Tutoring is the first peer education program at SFU linked to specific academic subjects. The program is a collaboration between faculty in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Physics. We are part of the SFU Peer Education program. Volunteer peer tutors provide support for select science and math classes on a drop-in basis. The tutoring is based on a "near peer" model where undergraduate students who have recently completed a course provide support and guidance to students currently taking that course.

Science & Math Peer Tutoring for Fall 2022

Begins on Thursday September 15th and ends on Tuesday December 6th

The tutoring is online on Zoom in the Science and Math Peer Tutoring Canvas course and in-person, both Surrey (Student Learning Commons, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Academic Library, Room 3695) and Burnaby (Sourth Science Building, SSB, room 7109) campuses. To enroll in this course please go to: https://canvas.sfu.ca/enroll/78YR3M

Please contact Maisie Morsara, Faculty of Science Associate Academic Advisor, if there are any inquiries or issues with the schedule: scispace@sfu.ca 

INFORMATION ABOUT the Program

Three of the four original Physics Peer Tutors: Sandeep, Sairvan & Alex

Peer Tutoring in Physics began in the fall of 2014 with four undergraduate tutors. These four students, who were majoring in MBB, Chemistry and Biomedical Physiology, provided tutoring for PHYS 101 & 102, both Physics for the Life Sciences courses. The same four tutors returned for fall 2015. In spring 2016, the program expanded to include tutoring for courses in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Science & Math peer tutors volunteer 5 hours a week for 12 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. The courses they tutor include:

  • BISC 101, 102 and 202
  • MATH 150, 151 and 154
  • CHEM 110, 120/122, and 281/2/3
  • PHYS 100, 101/102, 120/121 and 140
  • MBB 222 and 231
Since 2014, the Science & Math Peer Tutoring program has provided academic support to 100's of students at SFU. A study of the program's impact on both tutors and students was conducted in 2016 as part of a Dewey Fellowship project. The report which details the results of this study can be found here: Final Report
 

Science & Math Peer Tutoring is part of the SFU Peer Education Program. More information can be found here: https://www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/groups/peer-education.html

Project Lead: Sarah D. Johnson, University Lecturer in Physics

Faculty Advisors: 

  • Kevin Lam - Biology
  • Rebecca Goyan - Chemistry
  • Brenda Davison - Mathematics

Contact Info: sjohnson@sfu.ca

The Spring 2016 Science and Math Peer Tutors