University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Tutoring Services

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is the home for tutoring services at Pitt-Johnstown. Tutoring is specifically designed to meet students’ academic needs, with the goal to increase students’ academic success in all content areas. All tutoring services are free of charge. 

The Pitt-Johnstown tutoring program follows a peer tutoring model, with full-time students providing all tutoring services. Peer tutors help fellow students develop the skills they need to succeed as independent learners. They model effective strategies and methods for approaching challenging course material.

At Pitt-Johnstown, students have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one individual tutoring, small group tutoring, drop-in sessions, and Supplemental Instruction (SI).

Current Operational Posture: Elevated Risk

Pitt Johnstown's Operational Posture is currently Elevated Risk. Tutoring will be offered in all operational postures.  In the elevated risk posture, drop-in and supplemental instruction will occur remotely.  Zoom will be the preferred method to meet for remote tutoring.  One-on-one and small group tutoring may meet in person when the tutor and the tutees are comfortable meeting, and all tutors/tutees must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, and minimize close contacts.

For more information about each type of tutoring including dates, times, and ZOOM links, please select the links below. 

Drop In Tutoring - FALL 2020 Schedule

The Academic Success Center, in collaboration with several academic departments, offers drop-in tutoring for Chemistry, Math, Public Speaking, Physics, and Writing.  

Sessions are staffed by veteran tutors, who receive weekly training to refresh relevant course content in each discipline. 

Students do not have to schedule an appointment to attend drop-in tutoring and all services are free. 

Fall 2020 Semester 

Drop in tutoring will be offered remotely through Zoom or through the the Virtual Drop Box in Campus Services.  The Zoom links below are unique to the specific subject and time.  Students can join or leave the Zoom session at any time. Questions can be directed to tutorupj@pitt.edu.

Drop In Tutoring Dates and Times
Subject Days Times Zoom Link Passcode DropBox*
Math  (Algebra I- Calculus II)
MTuWTh 3-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97889740974 LoveMath  
MTuWTh 7-9pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97085533167 LoveMath  
Chemisty MTuW 3-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/95184097943 chemistry  
MTuW 7-9pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99181572371 chemistry  
Public Speaking MTuWTh 4-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/93937848746 UPJ2020 Campus Services Drop Box Available
MTuWTh 7-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/94963370141 UPJ2020 Campus Services Drop Box Available
Writing MTuWTh 4-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/95255032007   Campus Services Drop Box Available
MTuWTh 7-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92264697750   Campus Services Drop Box Available
Accounting W 5-7pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/6268237889    
EE 0031 W 5-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99230322120 998121  
Physics W 6-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92395439334    
Th 4-6pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98315918361    
*The writing and public speaking Drop Boxes allow you to receive feedback on written assignments.  Simply upload the assignment to the drop box and receive feedback from a tutor.  The public speaking drop box is for speech outlines only and cannot accept videos.
Individual and Group Tutoring

Discussing course material and related ideas is a highly effective means to understand and remember content—and individual tutors can serve this role with students, who may request an individual tutor for any class. Each semester, students are eligible to request a tutor for up to two courses.  For courses with a higher demand, group tutoring may be offered instead of one-on-one tutoring. 

Once a match is identified, students are notified by email. It is the student's responsibility to contact the tutor to arrange a meeting time and place. Students can meet with their tutor for up to two hours per week.

Apply for a tutor! 

Fall 2020 Update

In person tutoring is permitted during the elevated risk operational posture if the student and the tutor are comfortable with meeting. Tutor/tutees must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, and minimize close contacts.  Individual and group tutoring will be limited to the number of tutors available. Please continue to use drop-in tutoring and SI when available.  

If you have any questions regarding one-on-one matches, please email tutorupj@pitt.edu

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic success initiative designed to target high-risk courses and courses with high enrollment rates of first year-year students and that serve as broad electives and prerequisite courses. In SI, peer leaders are trained not only to review content but to help students improve study skills and general academic success strategies geared toward each specific course. SI leaders work closely with the collaborating faculty member to provide additional content support to students in the sessions.

Fall 2020 SI Schedule 

If you need support in a course, please email tutorupj@pitt.edu

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Dates and Times
Course CRN Instructor Day Time Zoom Link Passcode SI Leader Email
BIOL 0110
18116 
Dahlin-Schuster
Th
5pm
 
Katherine Christopher
BIOL 0110
15439, 15567
Webb
M
8pm
 
Lauren Gechter
BIOL 0352
28728
Webb
W
7pm
 
Samantha Kluz
BIOL 0360
18115
Webb
Th
6pm
cellbio
Paityn Gabany
CHE 0220
24633
Singh
Th
7pm
 
Sydney Kline
CHE 0302
25581
Singh
M
3pm
 
Bret Tantorno
CHEM 0110 & 0150
15549, 24466, 26794, 26796
Bell-Loncella
Tu
6pm
chemistry
Ian Dundas
CHEM 0111 & 0150
15477, 15485, 26797, 26798
Bird
Th
6pm
 
Abigail Chobany
CHEM 0190
16694
M. Grimminger
Th
5pm
1119
Georgia Boyd-Matic
CHEM 0190
15486
Bell-Loncella
Tu
6pm
 
Morgan Grim
CHEM 0231
15431, 15479, 28107, 28109
Nigam
M
5pm
753346
Nadia Khan
ENGR 0132
24628, 24629, 24630
Miller
W
5pm
 
Isabelle Macioce
HIST 0120
25459, 26605
Matson
Tu
6pm
 
David Ozeck
HIST 0130
18703
Reist
Tu
6pm
 
Michael Walstrom
HIST 0610
15546, 25457
Newman
M
12pm
 
Maria Torres
HIST 0610
15546, 25457
Newman
W
3pm
 
Maria Torres
HIST 0620
15499, 25458
Wilson
Tu
7pm
 
Matthew Justinus
MATH 0002
15521
Girard
Tu
7pm
11235
Paige Rienour
Updated as of 10/15/20
Become a Peer Tutor

Peer tutoring at Pitt-Johnstown offers you a unique opportunity to gain valuable real world experience. In addition to providing a valuable service to other students, it further develops your cognitive and affective skills.

 What are the benefits of being a peer tutor?

  • Valuable and rewarding experience in providing academic assistance to fellow students
  • Opportunity to review important course concepts and to learn new ways of helping students master course material
  • Training and experience in areas such as helping strategies, problem solving, and instructional methods
  • Tutors earn $10-$12 per hour.

How do I become a tutor?

Peer tutors are hired at the beginning of fall and spring semesters only. To become a tutor, apply online through Campus Services, attend New Tutor Training, and interview with the Tutoring Coordinator. More detailed information is emailed each semester, so please be sure to regularly check your email.

 Am I qualified to be a tutor?

  • A strong record of achievement in content areas (minimum B+ in the designated courses)
  • An overall solid record of achievement (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including positive attitude, empathy, patience, and openness;
  • and a strong commitment to helping students succeed academically
  • Basic skills necessary to facilitate peer learning (active listening, appropriate and effective explanation and demonstration of content, recognition of learner’s strengths, etc.)

 For more information about the tutoring program, please email tutorupj@pitt.edu.