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Tutoring and Mentoring Program

Tutor Manual Get Acrobat Reader - Updated Aug. 18, 2009

Those who are interested in becoming a CATS tutor or mentor need to apply on-line at After choosing “Search Postings,” applicants should select “CATS Tutor” as the job title and “Any” for all other categories. Job applications and background checks must be completed before submitting an I-9 to work at CATS. For more information regarding this job position, please call Rita Griffith at 257-0185 or email at

The Center for Academic and Tutorial Services’ tutoring program is available for all student-athletes. Tutors are drawn from the University and the community. Tutors include instructors, graduate students and undergraduates from UK as well as qualified teachers and professionals from the community.

The Center provides the appropriate atmosphere for tutoring. Twenty-four tutoring rooms are available for students and tutors. While working together, tutors and student-athletes have a quiet area in which to discuss important concepts related to specific coursework.

CATS is open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Sundays. Student-athletes may make arrangements to use the facility during non-work hours.

The mentoring program at CATS provides one-on-one instruction for student-athletes who need assistance with time management and study skills. Adult mentors meet on a weekly basis with students who are not meeting their academic goals. The basic responsibilities of the mentors are to dissect the syllabi to help students organize their academic, athletic, and personal responsibilities and to remediate any deficient study skills. This includes making daily, weekly, and monthly calendars, which include all class projects, homework, exams, and papers as well as sports’ travel dates. Records and reports of any grades and/or professors’ comments that are returned to the student-athletes are discussed. Mentors communicate, both verbally and in written report form to the student-athletes’ academic-athletic counselors, important information related to the students’ academic progress.

Learning Disabilities Program
The Academic Services Counselor at CATS, in conjunction with a psychologist and the University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center, strives to ensure that student-athletes with learning disabilities are provided the appropriate services. Student-athletes with a documented learning disability should contact the Academic Services Counselor as soon as a letter of intent is signed. Additionally, CATS has a process in place to identify those who may have never been diagnosed. An initial battery of tests is offered to incoming student-athletes. Based on results from these tests, further psychoeducational testing will be suggested. For those student-athletes who are diagnosed with a learning disability, the psychologist provides strategies, the Disability Resource Center provides accommodations, and CATS formulates an individualized plan to best fits the student-athlete’s learning needs.