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 - FALL 2020 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.
Fall 2020 Semester
Drop in tutoring will be offered 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 email@example.com.
Drop In Tutoring Dates and Times Subject Days Times Zoom Link Passcode DropBox*Math (Algebra I- Calculus II) MTuWTh 3-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97889740974 LoveMath MTuWTh 7-9pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97085533167 LoveMath Chemisty MTuW 3-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/95184097943 chemistry MTuW 7-9pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99181572371 chemistry Public Speaking MTuWTh 4-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/93937848746 UPJ2020 Campus Services Drop Box Available MTuWTh 7-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/94963370141 UPJ2020 Campus Services Drop Box Available Writing MTuWTh 4-5pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/95255032007 Campus Services Drop Box Available MTuWTh 7-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92264697750 Campus Services Drop Box Available Accounting W 5-7pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/6268237889 EE 0031 W 5-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99230322120 998121 Physics W 6-8pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92395439334 Th 4-6pm https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98315918361
- 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.
Fall 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
Fall 2020 SI Schedule
If you need support in a course, please email email@example.com.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) Dates and Times Course CRN Instructor Day Time Zoom Link Passcode SI LeaderBIOL 011018116Dahlin-SchusterTh5pmKatherine ChristopherBIOL 011015439, 15567WebbM8pmLauren GechterBIOL 035228728WebbW7pmSamantha KluzBIOL 036018115WebbTh6pmcellbioPaityn GabanyCHE 022024633SinghTh7pmSydney KlineCHE 030225581SinghM3pmBret TantornoCHEM 0110 & 015015549, 24466, 26794, 26796Bell-LoncellaTu6pmchemistryIan DundasCHEM 0111 & 015015477, 15485, 26797, 26798BirdTh6pmAbigail ChobanyCHEM 019016694M. GrimmingerTh5pm1119Georgia Boyd-MaticCHEM 019015486Bell-LoncellaTu6pmMorgan GrimCHEM 023115431, 15479, 28107, 28109NigamM5pm753346Nadia KhanENGR 013224628, 24629, 24630MillerW5pmIsabelle MacioceHIST 012025459, 26605MatsonTu6pmDavid OzeckHIST 013018703ReistTu6pmMichael WalstromHIST 061015546, 25457NewmanM12pmMaria TorresHIST 061015546, 25457NewmanW3pmMaria TorresHIST 062015499, 25458WilsonTu7pmMatthew JustinusMATH 000215521GirardTu7pm11235Paige Rienour
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.