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Supporting Effective Teaching Experiences with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

What Do We Offer?


Tutoring directly involves the application of educational principles in a variety of settings. Tutoring allows the faculty member to individually assess a student’s learning needs/style and global knowledge in order to determine the best way to provide the “bridge” to understanding.

Tutoring can occur individually or in a group. The scope of tutoring includes:

  • Breaking down complex concepts and theories presented in class
  • Reviewing homework/assignments offering feedback on papers/projects
  • Developing outlines with students for complex projects or papers
  • Offering feedback on papers/projects
  • Assist students in developing strong study and organizational skills
  • Developing practice exams and supplemental materials
  • Preparing realistic scenarios that relate to topics being discussed
  • Reviewing class notes and offering enhancements and corrections where necessary
  • Guiding students to successful oral presentations through rehearsal opportunities
  • Assisting students in problem solving (both in and out of class)
  • Assist students in recognizing their own learning strategies and styles
  • Encourage students and provide positive reinforcement for their accomplishments

Academic Advising

Support faculty work in liaison with each college’s primary academic advisors. Students are expected to meet with their assigned academic advisor to develop course schedules, discuss progress in the major, change of program decisions and problem solving related to degree completion requirements.

NTID Support faculty offer the following services directly to students:

  • Designation of courses for placement of access services
  • Guide students in co-op and career decision making
  • Discuss the options of developing minors or concentrations
  • Assist students with issues related to VR support, faculty and classroom concerns


The role of liaison is an important component to successful tutoring and advising. Academic support faculty contribute to the learning process outside of the traditional classroom environment. Our students are enrolled in a wide variety of programs that require support faculty to collaborate with many faculty, staff and administrators at RIT and NTID.

A sample of liaison activities are as follows:

  • Serve as a resource for faculty in the delivery of educational materials and classroom strategies
  • Advocate for students
  • Work with faculty in addressing student needs
  • Clarify course content and expectations
  • Address faculty concerns on specific deaf and hard of hearing student issues