Peer Tutoring Program


The mission of the Peer Tutoring program is to provide course and academic skills support to all undergraduates at Salem State University in a positive, encouraging, and collaborative environment. Qualified, trained peer tutors will help students become more independent, self-confident learners by guiding students to assimilate course material more efficiently and by providing strategies for continued success.

Need some help in a course? Learn more about CAE's Peer Tutoring Program.

Studies show that one of the most effective ways that students learn is from their peers. To that end, the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers a free peer tutoring program for all enrolled undergraduate students. CAE offers tutoring in many courses offered at Salem State University.

Tutoring begins each semester after the add/drop period

Tutors are available by appointment during the fall and spring semester (limited tutoring is available in the summer). In addition to appointments, our Science Tutoring Center (Located in the Berry Library and Learning Commons, Level 0) also has walk-in hours available in biology, chemistry and physics courses. 

How to Request a Peer Tutor

Registered undergraduate students may visit to request a tutor.  You may also go to the "Quick Links" tab in your Navigator and click on the "Request a peer tutor" link.

*If you are looking for a tutor in a foreign language, please visit the Language Resource Center website to request a tutor.

Interested in Becoming a Peer Tutor? 

CAE seeks students who have excelled in a course and would like to assist other students. If you're a full-time sophomore, junior or senior, have earned a grade of B or higher in the course(s) you wish to tutor, have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater, are in good academic standing, and you feel you have the skills necessary to assist other students, we encourage you to apply to become a tutor. You can complete the appropriate application by logging into Navigator. Click on the "Full Menu" tab, then "Learning and Development". You will then see the "Apply to be a tutor" link. An interview and reference from a faculty member is required, along with paid training, if you are hired. 

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Penyack, coordinator of academic services in the Center for Academic Excellence, at 978.542.6717.  

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