University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Tutoring Services

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).

Current Operational Posture: Elevated Risk

Pitt Johnstown's Operational Posture is currently Elevated Risk. Tutoring will be offered in all operational postures.  In the elevated risk posture, drop-in and supplemental instruction will occur remotely.  Zoom will be the preferred method to meet for remote tutoring.  One-on-one and small group tutoring may meet in person when the tutor and the tutees are comfortable meeting, and all tutors/tutees must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, and minimize close contacts.

For more information about each type of tutoring including dates, times, and ZOOM links, please select the links below. 

Drop In Tutoring - Spring 2021 Schedule

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. 

Spring 2021 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 tutorupj@pitt.edu.

Drop In Tutoring Dates and Times
Subject Days Times Location Zoom Link Passcode DropBox*
Math  (Algebra I- Calculus II)
MTuWTh 3-5pm Remote-Only Meeting ID: 944 4228 8638    
MTuWTh 7-9pm Remote-Only Meeting ID: 990 8245 0671    
Chemistry MTuW 3-5pm Remote-Only Meeting ID: 942 8249 1917 chemistry  
MTuW 7-9pm Remote-Only Meeting ID: 981 4897 2131 chemistry  
Public Speaking MTuWTh 4-5pm 130 Krebs Meeting ID: 948 3058 0980 upj2021 Campus Services Drop Box Available
MTuWTh 7-8pm 130 Krebs Meeting ID: 973 0991 9852 upj2021 Campus Services Drop Box Available
Writing MTuWTh 4-5pm Remote-Only 494846 Campus Services Drop Box Available
MTuWTh 7-8pm Remote-Only 846797 Campus Services Drop Box Available
EE 0031 W 4-7pm 128 E&S Meeting ID: 921 5020 2709 0031  
Physics Tu 6-8pm Remote-Only Meeting ID: 983 1591 8361    
W 6-8pm Krebs 117 Meeting ID: 938 2012 5811 physics  
ME 0052 M 3-5pm Remote-Only Meeting ID: 947 4230 6093 enthalpy  
*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.

Apply for a tutor! 

Spring 2021 Update

In person tutoring is permitted during the elevated risk operational posture if the student and the tutor are comfortable with meeting. Tutor/tutees must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, and minimize close contacts.  Individual and group tutoring will be limited to the number of tutors available. Please continue to use drop-in tutoring and SI when available.  

If you have any questions regarding one-on-one matches, please 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.

Spring 2021 SI Schedule

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 tutorupj@pitt.edu.

Course CRN Instructor SI Leader SI Meeting Time Zoom Link Password
BIOL 0110
25013
Robart
Lauren Gechter
M 8-9pm
 
BIOL 0110
14511
Webb
Lauren Gechter
M 7-8pm
 
BIOL 0120
14582, 14596
Dahlin-Schuster
Katherine Christopher
W 5-6pm
 
BIOL 0360
14641, 14640
Webb
Paityn Gabany
M 6-7pm
cellbio
CHEM 0111/0150
14520, 27876
Bird
Abigail Chobany
Th 6-7pm
Chemsi
CHEM 0112/0151
14647, 26524, 14598,
25157, 25159, 25160 
Ritchey
Michael Ryczaj
Th 6-7pm
 
CHEM 0112/0151
25016, 25158
Bell-Loncella
Morgan Grim
Tu 5:30pm
 
CHEM 0231/0236
16728, 29784
Nigam
Tyler Geary
W 6-7pm
 
ENGR 0132 25071 Miller Juliah Seymour Tu 6-7pm Meeting ID: 913 5651 3461 0132
HIST 0120
14552
Reist
Michael Walstrom
Tu 6-7pm
 
HIST 0130
14631, 17679
Matson
David Ozeck
Tu 5-6pm
 
HIST 0610
29851, 29852
Newman
Maria Torres
M 2-3pm
 
W 6-7pm
HIST 0620
18141, 18142
Wilson
Paige Ritenour
W 6-7pm
Hist1877

 

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 tutorupj@pitt.edu.