Easily train all your tutors in a self-paced, online environment.

Tutor Essentials is the only web-based tutor training course endorsed by CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association).

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Tutor Essentials was developed by Purdue University in partnership with TMS, with input from CRLA certification volunteers, Emory University, Clemson University, IUPUI, and others. The course is interactive (through videos, quizzes, and the creation of a tutoring philosophy statement), highly engaging, self-paced, and offers the tools and tactics necessary to become a great in-person or online tutor. It’s self-paced and takes 3-5 hours to complete. The entire training program can be completed in one sitting and also gives tutors the ability to save their work and complete it in several sittings.

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What does the course cover?

Basic Tutoring Guidelines

Professional Ethics

Session Management & Goal Setting

Communication Skills

Approaches To Learning

CRLA Certification Training Level 1 Topic Alignment

Tutor Essentials Module Potential CRLA Certification Topics
Ethics (plus introduction) Definition of tutoring and tutor responsibilities
Basic tutoring guidelines (dos and don'ts)
Compliance with ethics and philosophy of the tutor program, sexual harassment, and/or plagiarism
Session Management & Leadership Techniques for succesfully beginning and ending a tutor session
Setting goals and/or planning
Communication Communication skills
Active listening and paraphrasing
Approaches to Learning Module plus Conclusion Adult learners, learning theory, and/or learning styles



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This is an excellent new tutor training curriculum that can be implemented immediately.
Julie Loppacher Assistant Director, Epass Tutoring, Emory University
Our goal is that the training will not only have a positive impact on Purdue students and tutors, but also serve as a resource for students and tutors around the world.
Katie Dufault Assistant Director, Student Success, Purdue University
The quizzes are really strong. The answers made me reflect on the material and ensured that tutors will really read and comprehend the material.
Justine Chasmar Tutoring Coordinator, Academic Success Center, Clemson University
The Tutor Essentials online training program helped me become more familiar with tutoring requirements, as well as to be more confident and productive when doing my job.
Elahe Boskabadi Study Partners Tutor, Auburn University
I highly recommend this course to anyone training tutors! The breadth and depth of this online module cannot be matched. From ethics to body language to self-reflection, this module facilitates an education in tutoring unlike anything I have seen.
Leah Palazzo Coordinator, Salve Regina University

Why use Tutor Essentials?

  • Counts towards 4 hours of Level 1 CRLA Certification - a great way to get on track for CRLA certification for your learning center, or if you are already CRLA certified it will free up those hours of in-person training to focus on other topics.
  • Allows you to easily train all of your tutors without having to find a common meeting time or big enough space. Tutors complete the training on their own time and at their own pace.
  • Ensures high quality training for your tutors that was developed by Purdue University and supported by research in tutoring best practices.
  • Provides tutors with a lifetime license to the training, allowing them to return to the material at any time.
  • Access an administrative panel to track your tutors’ progress in completing the training and be notified when they’re done.
  • No minimum purchase, with each training only $20, and annual licenses available for institutions at a lower per-tutor cost.
  • Tutors receive a Trained in Tutor Essentials Badge

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Tutor Essentials is available at the individual price of $20/training. If you are looking to train larger numbers of tutors, you may want to consider our annual licenses. With this option, we will automatically add your desired number of trainings to your administrative panel for you to access all year long. These pricing options are for the fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th), however if this causes challenges for you, just let us know and we can work out the best option for your institution.



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