Academics

Peer Tutoring Program

Mission

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 peer tutors will help students become more independent and 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.

Accessing a peer tutor

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.

We make every effort to hire peer tutors for courses that students traditionally request tutoring in, including many 100-and 200-level courses. We may also have tutors for select 300- or 400-level courses, depending on the subject. If your search for a tutor in TutorTrac is not successful, please contact the Coordinator of Academic Services.  There may be courses where identifying a tutor is not possible.  In these instances, we will do our best to try and identify another resource on campus. If you are looking for a tutor in accounting, finance, or operations and decisions sciences (ODS) please visit the accounting lab in CC115.

Please review these student and tutor expectations.

Weekly peer tutoring sessions

We encourage students to meet on a weekly or regular basis with a peer tutor. Tutoring appointments are scheduled in one-hour blocks of time but may last up to two hours if time permits. Peer tutors are asked to keep tutoring sessions to a two hour maximum. Students are allowed up to two hours of tutoring per week for the same subject. If you find that you need additional tutoring in the same subject, please contact the Coordinator Academic Services.

How to request a peer tutor

Registered undergraduate students may visit tutortrac.salemstate.edu 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 or "Request a foreign language tutor" link.
Detailed instructions for requesting a peer tutor [Word doc]
Video Tutorial

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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