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).
For more information about each type of tutoring including dates, times, and ZOOM links, please select the links below.
- Drop In Tutoring
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 2021 Semester to be posted at the start of the Fall semester.
Drop in tutoring will be offered in-person (if location is noted) and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.*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.
Tutoring is not available for Summer 2021.
If you have any questions regarding one-on-one matches, please email email@example.com.
- 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 2021 SI Schedule - Not yet available
Supplemental Instruction will only be offered remotely. Please use the links below to access the session.
If you need support in a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.