Peer tutoring program for academic success of returning nursing students

J N Y State Nurses Assoc. 2012;43(1):20-2.


High attrition rates among students in associate degree nursing programs are a concern for faculty, administrators, and students. Programs offering academic and emotional support for students at risk for failing a clinical course may decrease attrition rates and improve academic performance. A peer tutoring program was developed for returning nursing students who were unsuccessful in a previous clinical course. Peer tutors met with returning students weekly to review course work, complete case studies and practice NCLEX questions. Trusting, supportive relationships developed among students and a significant increase in grades was noted at the end of the course for 79% of students. Implementation of peer tutoring was beneficial for returning students, tutors, and the nursing program and may be valuable in other courses where academic achievement is a concern.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing, Associate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mentors*
  • New York
  • Peer Group*
  • Student Dropouts