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Request a Tutor

Summer 2017 applications are open from May 8 to July 17.

Tutoring is an excellent opportunity to experience peer-facilitated learning with a small group (2 to 5 students) that meets consistently throughout the semester. We typically place students with the same professor in the same group, but we cannot guarantee that all students will have the same professor.

Although we make every effort to fulfill your tutoring request, tutoring is not guaranteed. Placement depends on the number of qualified tutors and schedule compatibility.

Students meet with their tutor two times per week for 50 minutes each session. During the summer term, students meet with their tutor three times a week for 50 minute sessions.


We understand paying for a tutor can be a concern; therefore, our goal is to maintain low tutoring fees:

  • $5 administrative fee per semester
  • $4 per tutoring session (for group tutoring)

Tutoring fees are charged to your U-Bill once a month. Students may be eligible to receive financial assistance to aid them with tutoring fees. A listing of funding resources is available on the tutee application. If your tutoring is paid for by an outside source, you will need approval from the funding agency. If your funding source is not approved, your application will not be submitted for group assignment.

Requesting a Tutor

If you are interested in requesting a tutor, the process consists of the following steps:

  1. Be registered for the course for which you want a tutor
  2. Complete the online application
  3. Select funding source: U-Bill (self-funded) or funding agency (requires approval)
  4. Keep your profile up-to-date (this allows us to effectively match you with a tutor)
  5. Check your profile for possible available groups (update profile as needed)
  6. Watch for an e-mail from your tutor once you are assigned a group

Please review the Policy Statement for Tutees for further information related to rates, absences, withdrawing from tutoring, and handling changes in your schedule.

Tutee Responsibilities

  • Attend all course lectures and tutoring sessions
  • Come prepared to participate with questions and necessary materials
  • Discuss absences or permanent schedule conflicts with tutor as soon as possible
  • Notify the ASC if no longer in need of tutoring

Please note: Tutors serve as group facilitators, not a second lecturer.  Tutors will not provide direct answers to anything graded (homework, projects, quizzes, etc.).  Tutees should consult with their professor or TA for additional guidance and utilize additional academic resources.  Tutees can miss up to 4 (no-show) sessions, but will be removed from a group and disallowed to request another tutor for that course for that semester after their 5th absence.

Campus Resources

Students waiting for a tutor (or looking to supplement their experience) have many options:

Online Resources

In addition to campus supports, students can use a number of online resources to supplement their learning:

  • provides a number of resources related to studying various topics (bottom of the page).
  • Study Guides and Strategies provides many resources including guides for problem solving, math, and science.
  • WolframAlpha for assistance solving math problems.
  • Alegbra2go for video lectures, worksheets, and study material.
  • Khan Academy provides resources for math, science, arts and humanities, as well as test prep (e.g., GMAT, MCAT).

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding Tutoring Services review our Frequently Asked Questions. For all other inquiries, please call our office (515-294-6624), e-mail, or contact our staff directly.