The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) has partnered with the AMS tutoring department to launch free tutoring for popular lower-level arts courses such as economics and psychology, with the possibility of political science and math as well.
Starting September 26, the service has been operating every Monday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Buchanan building. The service is operating in room BUCHD322 on Monday's, and room BUCHD217 on Thursday's.
“We got an overwhelming response for ECON 101/102 and PSYC 101/102 from our survey,” said Akhil Jobanputra, AUS VP Academic, about the Facebook survey on students’ opinions on implementing arts tutoring services. The dean’s office also stated that these same courses are both high in enrollment and ones that a lot of students struggle with, according to Jobanputra.
One of Jobanputra’s main platform goals when running for AUS VP Academic was to implement tutoring services for arts students in particular.
Jobanputra found it very odd that there was no tutoring specifically for arts students already in place on campus.
“I understand that arts is a more subjective field, but just because it's subjective, doesn't mean you shouldn't have tutoring for it.”
According to Jobanputra, all of the tutoring will be held in group sessions and students can sign up through HelpHub — a website that connects tutors with students. Through HelpHub, students will be able to find basic information about the tutors, the personal experiences of others students and what the AUS will be offering in the particular sessions.
AMS tutoring can also tailor to specific interests of organizations on campus. According to Katherine Pan, AMS tutoring coordinator, they would be more than happy to collaborate with other interested students groups on campus.
In the long term, Jobanputra stated that his goals are not only to provide job opportunities for students, but also to make sure that students have access to resources that they need.
“l want to see arts undergraduate students know that their undergraduate society does care about their academic success and their academic confidence,” said Jobanputra.