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Peer Tutoring and Mentoring

Each Dozoretz scholar must meet the required five hours of participation per week in these intervention programs. These three intervention programs are designed to help both the tutor and the student being tutored.

Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Program includes one-on-one or peer group tutoring to assist Dozoretz scholars who need extra help in entry- level biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Tutoring sessions are held in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology‘s (CSET) STARS Tutoring Center. The students are required to meet for two hour tutoring sessions each week at a time scheduled for all members. The tutorial will be led by a team of volunteer upperclassmen in DNIMAS who are proficient in the subject. The format of the tutorial fosters peer group learning as well as one-on-one learning with a tutor.

Shadow Mentoring

The Shadow Mentoring Program is a student tracking/monitoring process to assist first-year Dozoretz scholars in making a smooth transition. Groups meet for one 60-minute mentoring session each week. The purpose of the program is to help first-year students manage their academic schedule, to provide proactive mentor support and to monitor the students' academic progress. The mentors meet with the students to ascertain information and to assist with issues/concerns the students might have. A major meeting takes place with freshman students just before the last day to drop a class to offer counseling. Both the mentor and the student also meet together with the DNIMAS director, at least once during the semester, to discuss the student's academic success and to share success strategies for the remainder of the semester.

Collaborative Learning

The Collaborative Learning Group (Evening Study/Tutorial) intervention organizes participants into study groups based on a common technical course. The groups meet for one two-hour collaborative learning session each week. Students who attend evening study sessions also receive tutoring in entry-level biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics courses. The sessions integrate a variety of tutorial formats to better foster learning through student group and student-tutor interaction. The tutors are upper-class Dozoretz scholars who have achieved proficiency in the technical course in which they tutor. Students openly exchange problem solving ideas and methods. The participants will solve homework problems and prepare for exams as a cooperative group by way of open discussion. The idea is to create a forum where students in need of academic help are at ease in openly asking questions, and to promote an environment conducive to camaraderie and study.

Community Service

Students are also required to participate in community service activities at our local elementary, junior, and high schools in the Hampton Roads area serving as mentors and tutors in science and mathematics. Service learning activities promote critical thinking skills. As good critical thinkers, DNIMAS scholars will be able to make sound decisions and solve problems throughout their undergraduate, graduate and professional studies as well as throughout their careers. Service learning also affords students to recognize the need to give back to the university and the community.

DNIMAS scholars give back!