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Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring Service Pledge

We will deliver peer tutoring to support student learning and help them reach their academic goals.


Our peer tutors are trained to support students in academic need in becoming independent and successful learners.

We strive to find upper-year students to support all tutoring requests; however, due to the wide range of academic programming at Durham College, we cannot guarantee that peer tutors will be available for every course.

All peer tutoring will be conducted in an online (remote) format using Microsoft TEAMS.

We offer

  • Course specific peer tutoring
  • Drop in writing support
  • Drop-in DC Connect & Computer Support

Course-specific peer tutoring

We offer group and one-to-one, course specific peer tutoring for currently enrolled Durham College students who are experiencing academic difficulty. Students may apply for peer tutoring in one or two courses, and when available, will be matched with trained upper-year students who can provide extra academic support. Please note there is no peer tutoring offered for Communications courses.

Drop-in DC Connect & Computer Support

Computer tutors offer support for students in using DC Connect, MS Teams, Virtual Classroom, and MyCampus, as well as standard computer software such as MS Word, PowerPoint, and more.  Our student tutors strive to assist their fellow students in becoming confident and competent in the fundamentals of standard computer applications and navigating DC’s Learning Management System, DC Connect.  Additionally, our computer tutors can support students enrolled in some of DC’s computer programs. It is recommended that students make an appointment, but drop-in appointments may be available.

Please email for available drop-in times or to schedule an appointment.

Drop-in Writing support

Peer writing tutors provide academic writing support to DC students who need help with getting started on an assignment, understanding basic grammar and punctuation concepts, using APA or MLA referencing, preparing for presentations, and learning how to edit their own work. Our peer writing tutors assist students to improve their academic writing skills and will not proofread or edit students’ work.

Please email for available drop-in times or to schedule an appointment.


Students are required to cancel a scheduled tutoring session no later than 8:00am on the day of the scheduled session. Failing to cancel prior to the scheduled session as outlined will constitute a “No Show” and will result in a $15 charge, which will be added to the student’s Durham College account.

Should a student accumulate three “No Shows” in one semester, they will forfeit their peer tutoring privileges for the remainder of that academic semester. 

Students who have forfeited their peer tutoring privileges will still be able to meet with SALS staff, attend tutorials and workshops, and access SALS ONLINE resources, and will be permitted to register for peer tutoring again in subsequent semesters.

Please contact the Peer Tutoring Coordinator, Kelly Helmer ( or to inquire about the availability of peer tutoring during the spring/summer semester.