Academic assistance is available for most courses. Success follows from consistent effort and engagement with course material. Talk to your professors first!
At St. Michael’s College, the first thing students should do if they’re experiencing difficulty in a course is speak with the professor outside of class. Our faculty members not only teach in the classroom, but also work with students individually to help them learn the curriculum. No one knows the material in a particular course or how to teach it better than the professor, so always start there. We expect students to meet with their instructor before considering tutoring.
Sometimes students who are working closely with their professor benefit from additional mentoring of the sort that another student can provide. In order to accommodate this need, a free tutoring service is available to all students and for many subjects. Please note that in some departments - for example, math and chemistry - the demand for extra help is high, and we’ve attached one or more tutors to these classes. These “attached tutors” will offer the class weekly review sessions, opportunities for small group learning communities, and drop-in sessions, led by advanced tutors.
Students wanting individual tutors are expected to have met with their professors outside of class and (when group sessions are available) to have attended at least one group or drop-in session. Students are also encouraged to form their own study groups. Requests for tutors (individual or small group) will be considered after meeting with the Assistant Director of Academic Support.
For more information about the Peer Tutoring Program, please contact:
Heidi St. Peter
Durick Library 322, Box 241