Tutoring Services

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

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).

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 $7.75/hr

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

 How do I become a tutor?

Apply online through Campus Services Attend New Tutor Training Interview with the Tutoring Coordinator

 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.)
  • Computer science
    • CS 0406
    • CS 0417
  • Biology
    • BIOL 0110
    • BIOL 0950
    • BIOL 0970
    • BIOL 0980
  • Business
  • Chemistry at all levels
  • Engineering at all levels
  • Economics
  • Nursing
  • Physics at all levels
  • Psychology
  • Geology
  • Spanish
    • SPAN 0112

The ASC is hiring peer tutors for the academic year. Positions are available in all subjects, but we have specific needs in the following areas:

Math at all levels

All tutoring services are free of charge. For more information about the tutoring program, please select the appropriate link.

Drop In Tutoring

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

Sessions are staffed by two or more 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. 

Individual 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. If a tutor is not available for the course, the ASC staff work to identify a potential tutor.

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. Students can meet with their tutor for up to two hours per week.

Apply for a tutor! 

For more information about individual tutoring, 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.