University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Tutoring Services

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is the home for tutoring services at Pitt-Johnstown. Tutoring is offered through four ways 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).

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE:

The overarching aim of the Academic Success Center is to support Pitt-Johnstown’s mission to offer a high-quality educational experience by providing comprehensive services designed to strengthen learning, promote success, and enhance retention of students. We recognize that recent, unforeseen circumstances represent a major challenge to ASC services, including tutoring. However, we want to assure you that we are still here to assist students in any way we can. For tutoring, this means a transition to online adapted services through Zoom. Tutors are using Zoom because it allows screensharing, has a whiteboard feature, and video/audio capabilities. The links to the Drop In tutoring Zoom sessions are listed under the Drop In tutoring tab below.

Drop-In Writing Update from Dr. Justus

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

Drop In Tutoring - Includes Summer 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. 

Summer 2020 Semester Remote Learning Update

For both six week summer sessions, drop in tutoring will be offered through Zoom - an online video conferencing tool - or through 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. To maximize resources, one-on-one tutoring will not be provided for a course for which drop-in is available. Questions can be directed to tutorupj@pitt.edu.

Drop In Tutoring Dates and Times
Subject Summer Session Days Times Location
Math  (Algebra I- Calculus II)
One & Two Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm Click Here for Math 3-5 Session Zoom Link
One & Two M Tu W 7:00-9:00pm Click Here for Math 7-9 Session Zoom Link
General Chemistry II One Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm Click Here for Chem 7-9 Session Zoom Link
Organic Chemistry II One Thursday 1:00-3:00pm Click Here for Chem 1-3 Session Zoom Link
Public Speaking One & Two M W
7:00-8:00pm
Virtual Drop Box located in Campus Services
Writing One & Two M Tu W Th
4:00-5:00pm
Virtual Drop Box located in Campus Services
Physics One & Two Wednesday 10:00am-Noon Click here for Physics 10-Noon Zoom Link

Tutor Highlight ⇒ Ali from Drop In Math

Individual 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.

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. Students can meet with their tutor for up to two hours per week.

Apply for a tutor! 

Summer Sessions 2020  Remote Learning Update

The ASC will have limited opportunities for one-on-one tutors for both six week summer sessions. In order to preserve these matches for the highest need courses, one-on-one matches will not be provided for a course in which drop-in services are available. If you have any questions regarding one-on-one matches for summer, 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.

Summer Sessions 2020 Remote Learning Update

No Supplemental Instruction is offered for Summer 2020. If you need support in a course, please email tutorupj@pitt.edu

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Dates and Times
Course SI Leader Session Day Session Time Session Link/Location
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 $8.00-$8.75 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.