Office of Academic Success Tutoring
The Office of Academic Success offers tutoring in two formats; peer tutors support learning at one-on-one and small group appointment-based tutoring and at collaborative, drop-in study rooms. Click on the “Meet the Tutors” link to see which courses our tutors support. Continue reading to learn more about our two tutoring formats.
What is appointment-based tutoring?
Peer tutors are available to work with students in one-on-one and small group sessions. This free tutoring supports approximately 45 of our 1000-, 2000-, and 3000- level courses each semester!
Walk-in visits are welcome during listed hours, but scheduled appointments are preferred.
We encourage you to sign up for tutoring sessions with 1-3 other classmates. This focused, collaborative environment allows you to hear multiple perspectives and problem solving approaches and encourages you to be more active in your learning process. You are welcome (and encouraged) to schedule more than one appointment.
How to schedule a tutoring appointment:
1. Go to z.umn.edu/tutorappointments
2. Click on an appointment slot during your tutor's shift. We ask that you provide some basic information when you click on your tutor's shift, including the course and professor's name and what questions you have about the material.
3. On the day and time of your appointment, go to the main level of Briggs Library (to the right of the reference desk). Look for a sign with your tutor's name or subject.
4. Have a great tutoring session!
If you need help scheduling an appointment, please call the Office of Academic Success at 320-589-6178 or stop by the office in Briggs 240.
What to expect?
Tutors are students who have taken the course and have experienced some of the same challenges and questions that you may have. They have been trained to ask questions to lead to deeper understanding of the material.
Plan to bring your course syllabus, text, notes, and any additional material that will help focus the tutor session. Preparing questions ahead of time will make the tutoring session more productive and focused.
All appointment-based tutoring takes place in Briggs Library on the main floor to the right of the reference desk. Click "Meet the Tutors" to see the subjects for which we offer tutoring and to see which classes each tutor supports.
If you haven't found tutoring or Peer-Assisted Learning resources that meet your needs, or if you would like additional support in any of your courses, please use this form to contact the Academic Assistance Coordinator. You may also email the Academic Assistance Coordinator, Keni Zenner, at email@example.com. It is sometimes possible for us to rearrange our tutor schedule or add additional tutors in order to accommodate tutoring requests.
Drop-In Study Rooms
Drop-In Study Rooms
What are drop-in study rooms?
Drop-In study rooms provide collaborative spaces to work with peers on daily work and test preparation. Tutors are available to assist you on a question-by-question basis, but you are strongly encouraged to partner with classmates. No matter your goal – whether it is reviewing Math concepts you learned in previous classes or getting a little extra help before a Chemistry exam – drop-in study rooms can help.
Disciplines currently supported by drop-in study rooms are Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics. Click on "Meet the Tutors" to see which specific courses our tutors support and when our tutors work.
What to expect?
If you want to access the drop-in study rooms, simply visit the study room during open hours. Some students drop in for a few minutes to get assistance with a particular problem set while others use the room as a designated study spot.
You should bring your course syllabus, course textbook, notes, and any other material that will help focus your study room time. Tutor interactions are more productive if you have read the assigned material and attempted the assigned daily work on your own.
Schedule and Location of Drop-In Study Rooms:
Biology/Chemistry Drop-In Study Room
- Sunday-Thursday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in Science 3005 (Chemistry Lounge)
Computer Science Drop-In Study Room
- Sundays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. & Wednesdays / Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Science 2630 (Lopez Room)
Math/Physics Drop-In Study Room
- Sunday-Thursday from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in Briggs Library 260 (Smartboard Room)