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Tutoring Services: Types of Tutoring: Embedded Tutoring

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What is Embedded Tutoring?

Embedded Tutoring is tutoring that is required as part of a course, in the same way hands-on labs are required for many MATC courses. We offer two types here at MATC, Structured Learning Assistance and Co-Requisite course tutoring.

Structured Learning Assistance (SLA), also called Embedded Tutoring, is a form of tutoring in which the leader (or tutor) attends class with students. Then students come to mandatory tutoring sessions, led by the SLA leader, before or after class. Students who take courses with SLA typically get better grades and complete more courses than students who take the same courses without SLA.

SLA leaders are students or graduates who have excelled in college. They attend class lectures with their tutees so they know what the instructors teach and expect. During review sessions, leaders encourage students to collaboratively review notes, discuss readings, ask questions, do homework, develop study skills and prepare for exams. SLA leaders are a valuable help in applying what was taught in the classroom to assignments.

Students assigned to SLA sessions are required to attend tutoring, just like students taking science classes are required to put in lab time. Typically, a class that meets three or four hour a week will require two hours of SLA tutoring a week, through the entire semester.

Instructors, learn more Structured Learning Assistance at MATC through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Students, you can enroll in basic chemistry (NatSci 110) classes that offer SLA sessions via INFOnline. SLA may be offered in math and other courses, as well.


MATC recently began offering additional teaching and tutoring support for select general-education math and English courses, called Learrner-Supported Courses. These gateway courses are designed to ensure student progress through academic programs: Students who take these courses do not have to take pre-requisite courses to get into the math or English courses required as part of their programs. This saves students both time and money.

The English department offers some of their gateway courses with "enhanced instruction," which means the course instructor spends additional class time with students. The courses may or may not have an embedded tutor.

Both the math and English departments offer gateway content courses that are matched with "co-requisite support courses" taught by support instructors. Math courses are assigned embedded tutors.

Instructors in any of the courses may choose to work with students to create a Learner Success Plan (LSP). This plan is the student's personalized guide to successfully completing the course. During the semester, the student, both instructors and the tutor follow the LSP, revising it as needed.

This Learner-Supported model is likely to be used in more and more advanced courses over time.

INFOnline search results for math courses with co-requisite (CR) courses look like this:


INFOnline search results for CR and Enhanced (E) English courses look like this:


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Tutoring Services is open on campus in C286 and online in our Zoom room from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday for spring semester. NetTutor is also available.