Peer Learning

Peer to Peer Learning

Student Development provides opportunities for current College of Medicine-Phoenix medical students to enhance their learning experiences with free Appointment Tutoring, Walk-In Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Tutors have demonstrated a thorough comprehension of the material and the ability to facilitate learning. Tutoring is available for all blocks and courses and provides students:

  • Access to high yield study materials
  • Practice USMLE style questions
  • Special exam reviews
  • Step 1 & 2 active learning workshops

Walk-In Tutoring

The Walk-In Tutoring Center supports all blocks and courses for current medical students enrolled at the College of Medicine-Phoenix.  

Walk-In Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 3 PM - 6 PM
Location: Health Science Education Building (HSEB), room A446* 

* location subject to change for scheduled events. 

Appointment Tutoring

Appointment tutoring is also available for students that are unable to visit the Walk-In Tutoring Center.  To arrange an appointment, students should e-mail their Learning Specialist or contact a Walk-In Tutor directly.  

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instructions (SI) Leaders are peer facilitators (our Tutors) that hold regularly scheduled review sessions. During SI sessions, our medical students engage in activities that reinforce content understanding through practice and application with other students.

Research suggests that attending one hour of SI is roughly the equivalent of studying 2.5 hours alone. National data demonstrate that regular attendance in SI improves a student’s final course grade. Tutors facilitating SI sessions will send out e-mail notifications of upcoming sessions.

What are students saying? 

  • "Anyone can benefit from tutoring!"
  • "Review sessions are super helpful before tests."
  • "I loved using the morning review sessions as a preview for the class that day."
  • "I am finally not just relying on my memory.  Working through practice problems with a Tutor helped me demonstrate what I know."
  • "Utilizing the tutors is something that I would highly recommend to every student. My time with the tutors for Step 1 helped me focus on the most important topics and definitely increased my final score on test day.
  • "I was initially pretty resistant to the idea of meeting with a tutor for Step 1 because I thought that seeking help meant that I wasn't doing something right or that I was inadequate in some capacity, but after a couple of sessions, I quickly realized how flawed that mindset was. I began to realize that what I learned from the tutors and gained from my experience working with them was not something I could have achieved on my own, regardless of the amount of time and work I put in individually.
  • My 1-on-1 sessions really shed light on how performing well on Step 1 is not only about content but also about strategy, and meeting with the tutors regularly helped me learn how to approach questions effectively and think more like a doctor. Although my primary reason for meeting with the Step 1 tutors was to perform my best on Step 1, I continue to regularly utilize the strategies they taught me in my learning, not just on exams but in clinical applications as well. I truly think that everyone can benefit from Step 1 tutoring in some capacity, and I would encourage students to seek help early (and not to be resistant like I was!), because I found that repeat encounters with the tutors was really what solidified my learning and helped me to feel confident on test day."

Join our Team

Are you interested in becoming a Tutor?  Read on!  Tutor positions are only for current College of Medicine - Phoneix medical students.


  • A sense of pride and accomplishment from supporting others in their learning
  • Increased mastery of content skills (great for Step 1 preparation)
  • Development of interpersonal skills
  • Excellent opportunity for professional development and teaching experience
  • Paid position and paid training (beginning at $17.00/hour)

Academic qualifications

  • Block scores of 75% or better in all academic coursework
  • Level 2 or better in all behavioral competency areas
  • Knowledge of basic academic skills application and the ability to demonstrate the successful application of various academic skills
  • Ability to work independently applying critical thinking skills and problem-solving to various situations

Example position descriptions

Sample Student Development Tutor (opens a PDF) >> 
Sample Pathway Liaison (opens a PDF) >> 

Application process for  eligible current students 

Step 1 | Complete our online application form >>
Step 2 | Submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae >>