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At Pierce Fort Steilacoom, tutoring and related services are available at the Academic Support Center. At Pierce Puyallup, these services are available at the Academic Resource Center.

Benefits of Tutoring:
  • Offers more individualized, systematic, structured learning experience
  • Provides collaborative learning partnership between peer educator and student
  • Improves attitude toward subject area and studying in general
  • Provides students with a successful college role model
  • Improves academic performance and personal growth of all learning partners
  • Motivates self-paced and self-directed learning
  • Provides interactive and intensive practice for students
  • Improves self-esteem

Even the brightest, most successful college students need a boost from time to time. Because each person learns differently, Pierce College offers a variety of academic support services to meet individual needs of our students.

Peer Tutoring: Using one-on-one assistance from fellow students, peer tutoring provides free individualized assistance across a number of subject areas. Peer Tutors are faculty recommended, proficient in their subject matter, and extensively trained in the art of learning, but still approachable, relatable, and welcoming.

  • Drop-In Tutoring: This option is for students who prefer to study more independently, at their own pace and on a flexible schedule, but who appreciate having tutors and resources available when they need extra help. We have drop-in tutors on a varied schedule in math, physics, chemistry, and biology. Math tutoring is also available in our new Math Center in the Rainier Bldg. RAI 338.
  • Appointment Tutoring: This option is best for students preferring more one-on-one, comprehensive tutoring. Appointment tutoring is available in any subject Pierce College offers (if not currently on staff, every effort is made to recruit a tutor in the needed subject). Each student is entitled to two 50-minute sessions per week for each class they are taking. The tutors can also help students identify their preferred learning style, develop more effective study habits and time management skills, and provide them with the academic tools for success.
  • Group Tutoring: Group tutoring is an effective study technique especially in the areas of science and world languages. Our center provides tutors to facilitate group study sessions, guiding the sessions to provide maximum efficiency and to act as a resource in the subject matter.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI is a peer-assisted study program that targets selected gateway courses, which are historically difficult sequence courses in math, science, business, and other challenging disciplines. SI leaders are faculty recommended, highly proficient in their subject matter, extensively trained in the art of learning facilitation. At the study sessions, students compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop study strategies, and prepare each other for tests. The SI Leader will also reinforce concepts from the classroom lectures, provide practice tests or quizzes, and share problem-solving techniques.

eTutoring: Pierce College is a member of the Western eTutoring Consortium, a free, online tutoring service that operates in the later evening hours and weekends. This service is available to any registered Pierce College student. Click Here for Log In Instructions.

Workshops: In partnership with the Student Success Series, the Tutoring Center hosts a variety of workshops designed to provide students with the academic and personal skills that will help them achieve their goals.

Study Resources: In addition to tutoring services, our center is stocked with study resources, including old textbooks, reference manuals, dictionaries, calculators, rulers, and more. We also stock a supply of current math textbooks for use in the center.

Writing Consultation: Students can meet with a writing consultant on a drop-in basis or by appointment for assistance with any stage of the reading and writing process. The district Writing Centers are housed in the Library of each campus.

Fort Steilacoom

Academic Support Center
Cascade Building - C504
(253) 964-6737

Puyallup

Academic Resource Center
College Center Building - C170
(253) 864-3258

Hours of Operation

Fall, Winter, Spring Hours:
M-Th: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Summer Hours:
M-Th: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
F: Closed

Sabrina Stevenson
Tutoring Center Manager
253-912-3637 or 253-864-3387