Tutoring Services at The University of Tulsa

Tutoring Services

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The goal of Tutoring Services at The University of Tulsa is to help undergraduate students build knowledge of their course material and provide support and guidance for the learning process through its team of peer tutors. Tutoring is free and available to all TU undergraduate students.

In fall 2022, tutoring for undergraduate courses is available both in person and online. Students can schedule tutoring appointments through Starfish. The tutoring format varies depending on the date and time as well as individual tutor preference.

To schedule an online tutoring appointment, log into Starfish and go to your Courses tab. If tutoring is available for a course, you will see a box for Tutoring Services beside the instructor information. Use the Schedule Appointment link there to set up a session. You will be prompted to provide details on the help you need and then will have the opportunity to select an available date, time and tutor. You can also schedule an appointment directly with tutors or through the Tutoring Services profile page on Starfish. When scheduling, please check that the course with which you need help is listed on the summary page before confirming; click on Add a Course if it is not.

If you would like to become a tutor, complete the tutor application form and someone from Student Success Initiatives (SSI) will contact you.

Request a Tutor Tutor Application Form

 

Tutoring Services Policies and Procedures

It is our mission to enhance student success and offer academic support to every student seeking tutoring. Tutoring is free and available to all TU undergraduate students. Please note that Tutoring Services does not provide support for graduate-level coursework.

Students can book tutoring sessions for a wide array of courses. Individual sessions are typically one hour in length, and appointments generally must be scheduled a day or more in advance. Students seeking tutoring in a particular course that is not listed on Starfish may contact tutoring@utulsa.edu to inquire about finding a tutor.

The following conditions apply to scheduled one-on-one tutoring sessions (online or in person):

  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests must be submitted at least four hours before a scheduled session is to take place. For last-minute cancellations or no-shows, a warning for the first violation will be issued; afterwards, a fee of $25 will be posted to the student’s account.
  • A maximum of six one-hour tutoring sessions per week may be scheduled at no cost.
  • If additional tutoring sessions are needed for a given week, the student must submit a written appeal providing the reason for the request and the courses for which additional support is required. Appeals must be sent to tutoring@utulsa.edu for review. SSI will notify the student of the number of additional sessions they may book for the specific week concerned. If requests for additional assistance become excessive, SSI will forward the appeals to the respective department chair for which the tutoring is required along with the relevant associate dean. Final approval from both individuals will be required prior to the student being allowed to book the additional session(s).
  • Students who do not adhere to the appeal procedure will incur a $5 charge for each unapproved tutoring session scheduled beyond the six allowed weekly.

Math Lab and Chem Assist

Math Lab and Chem Assist provide daily walk-in tutoring on weekdays during the regular academic year. These tutoring centers are staffed by trained and experienced tutors who can help any student enrolled in the core courses served. Lower-level math and chemistry course tutoring (e.g., Essentials of Algebra through Calculus II; General and Organic Chem) is available exclusively through each respective service. Students can drop in without an appointment, obtain one-on-one assistance with a specific topic or problem and then stay on to study or do homework. See below for further information on these services.

We are always eager to receive feedback for program improvement. Please use the buttons below to complete a survey about your experience using either scheduled tutoring or one of the tutoring labs (Math Lab or Chem Assist).

Tutoring session survey Tutoring lab survey

Email questions about tutoring or report problems to tutoring@utulsa.edu.

  • How to Have a Successful Tutoring Session

    Tutoring is most effective when students know exactly what they are using it for. It is important to enter a tutoring session with clear goals and an organized plan of what you would like to accomplish. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your session:

      • Prepare a list of questions you want to ask
      • Bring relevant homework assignments, notes, and course readings
      • Highlight any areas in the material that are particularly challenging for you
      • If you are working on a larger project, bring all related drafts – especially if they include instructor feedback
      • Create a descending list of priorities for multiple problems or challenging concepts
      • Deal with the most difficult (and/or important) material first
      • Arrive early, and make sure in advance that you can access the technology when doing an online session
      • Schedule follow-up appointments as necessary, when you know the next focus area(s)

     

    Remember that the ultimate purpose of tutoring is to make you a stronger, confident, more independent learner!

  • Math Lab

    The Math Lab is an in-person, walk-in tutoring lab service operating in Keplinger 3265.

    In the fall and spring semesters, all math tutoring up through Calculus II (i.e., MATH 1043, 1143, 1163, 1243, 2014, and 2024) is provided exclusively through the Math Lab during its operating hours. Some Math Lab tutors can assist with higher-level math courses as well. Details on what additional courses each tutor can assist with are listed on the schedule (to be posted in the lab and on Harvey).

    If for any reason the lab service is forced to operate remotely (due to circumstances connected with individual tutors or by university mandate), the Math Lab can be accessed via Harvey. Students who are only able to make use of the service virtually can also arrange to meet with a tutor on shift during standard operating hours. Please reach out to Tutoring Services if you have difficulty doing so or wish to arrange this in advance.

    Fall 2022 Math Lab Hours
    Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Fri: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Chem Assist

    Chem Assist is an in-person tutoring lab in Keplinger M231 that primarily focuses on support for General Chemistry I and II (CHEM 1013 & 1023), as well as Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 3013 & 3023). In the Fall and Spring semesters, all tutoring for these core courses (and their corresponding labs) is available exclusively through Chem Assist during its operating hours. Some tutors are able to help with other, more advanced chemistry courses as well.

    Students do not need an appointment to use the Chem Assist service and can visit anytime during staffed hours to meet with a tutor about questions related to a course.

    If for any reason the lab service is forced to operate remotely (due to circumstances connected with individual tutors or by university mandate), Chem Assist can be accessed via Harvey. Students who are only able to make use of the service virtually can also arrange to meet with a tutor on shift during standard operating hours. Please reach out to Tutoring Services if you have difficulty doing so or wish to arrange this in advance.

    Fall 2022 Chem Assist Hours
    Mon: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Tues: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Wed: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Thurs: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Fri: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Computer Science Lab

    The Computer Science/Computer Simulation & Gaming Tutor Lab is available to all students enrolled in a CS/CSG course and support courses. The lab is located in Rayzor Hall 2045, with online tutoring available in the CS/CSG Tutor Lab course on Harvey.

    Students seeking assistance with their CS and/or CSG courses can drop in anytime during operating hours. Details on the tutors working, their shifts, and the courses they specialize in will be available there.

    Fall 2022 Hours

    In-Person
    Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Mon-Wed: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Virtual (Harvey)
    Thurs, Fri: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Writing Center

    The Helen N. Wallace Writing Center offers one-on-one support services with writing projects to students for any class. To make an appointment or check hours, go to utulsa.mywconline.com.

    For more info visit the Helen N. Wallace Writing Center webpage.

  • Accounting & CIS Support

    During the school year, the Accounting and Computer Information Systems department has grad assistants working in it that are able to help students with various ACCT and CIS courses.

    For Fall 2022, the following tutors are available:

    Accounting: Kishori Paudel (Thurs 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    CIS: Caleb Pfanstiel (Mon, Wed & Fri 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Tues, Thurs 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

    Please email tutoring@utulsa.edu if you would like to arrange for tutoring with either individual.