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 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 but it is not possible to have a tutor for every course. If your search for a tutor in TutorTrac is not successful, please contact the Coordinator of Academic Services. If you are looking for a tutor in accounting, finance, or operations and decisions sciences (ODS) please visit the accounting lab in CC115.

How to request a peer tutor

Registered undergraduate students may visit to request a tutor.  You may also go to the "Quick Links" tab on your Navigator and click on the "Request a peer tutor" link. Additional instructions can be found here

How to have a successful peer tutoring appointment

  • Be clear on the day, time, and location of your appointment. If you have questions, contact the Coordinator of Academic Services.
  • Come prepared. Bring your textbook, class notes, handouts, etc.
  • Be clear with your tutor about what you would like to accomplish in that particular session. Please read what the expectations are of you and your tutor here.
  • If something is not working for you during a session, ask your tutor if they can explain it in a different way. Ask clarification questions throughout the session.
  • Make plans for additional appointments if you would like to do so.
  • Submit your feedback (see below). 

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 four 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.

After your tutoring session

Please click here to complete a brief survey after each of your tutoring sessions. If you would like to discuss anything about your session with the Coordinator of Academic Services, contact her at or 978-542-6717.

Interested in Becoming a Peer Tutor? 

CAE seeks students who have excelled in a course and would like to assist other students. Please click here for the job description, requirements, and information on how to apply to become a peer tutor. 

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