Our Academic Support Services staff, including tutors, writing consultants, and supplemental instruction (SI) leaders, believe that the ultimate goal of tutoring is to develop independent learners. In order to reach this goal, our tutors will work with you to help you grasp the content of the course as well as the study skills needed to master content. Our writing consultants will teach you how to revise and edit your own writing so that you can become better, more confident writers. Please be advised that we will not supply answers to homework or take-home test problems and writing consultants will not edit or proofread papers.
Benefits of Tutoring
- Offers more individualized, systematic and structured learning experience
- Provides a collaborative learning partnership between the 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.
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.
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 Building, RAI 338. Drop-in tutoring is also available on post at JBLM, Monday through Thursday in the Stone Education Center.
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 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 and 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.
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. Visit the online tutoring page for more information and log-in instructions.
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.
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.