Supplemental Instruction (SI) & Peer Tutoring Programs

Are you looking for extra help with your coursework? 

Many of Valpo’s academic departments and professional colleges offer academic support in conjunction with particular courses.  Undergraduate teaching assistants and student aides provide help sessions for group and individual tutoring for first and second year courses free of charge to students.  The university's learning centers (Writing Center, Language Resource Center, Hesse Learning Center and Academic Success Center) offer a variety group and individual learning assistance primarily at the undergraduate level.   If you are a graduate student, the Graduate Tutoring Lab offers peer tutoring services and the School of Law offers its own Academic Success Program for first-year students.

How do I find the most appropriate academic support services to fit my needs?

The best place to start is to ask your professors, as well as your academic advisor, if there are any academic support opportunities related to the courses in which you seek additional assistance.  Another step is to use the Academic Support Directory or contact the ASC to point you in the right direction for campus-wide services and resources.

Academic Success Center:  Supplemental Instruction & Peer Tutoring Programs

The ASC functions as a coordination site for programs that bring together resources from across the university to provide students with additional learning opportunities.   Supplemental Instruction provides three weekly peer-led review sessions for BIO 151/152, BIO 171/172, and CHEM 111/121/122.  The Peer Tutoring Program is a student-tutor match program that provides weekly learning assistance (in small groups) for many 100-200 level courses and for general English language skills (for ESL students).

Conditions for Placement in the Peer Tutoring Program:

Before applying for the program, students are expected to talk to their professor and attend any available first-level academic support services, such as professor office hours, department help sessions, SI sessions and drop-in tutoring available at the Writing Center, Language Resource Center and Hesse Learning Center.  Spots in program may be limited based on the demand and availability of peer tutors.  Students must be currently enrolled in the undergraduate course for which they seek assistance.

How do I request a spot in the Peer Tutoring Program?

Students who would like to receive the assistance of a peer tutor may apply through the ASC by completing the Peer Tutoring Request form.  A link to the request form will be available on this page after the drop/add period is complete at the start of the fall and spring semesters.  Students who are placed in the program receive 1 weekly tutoring session (with the same tutor) for a specific undergraduate course and/or ESL support. (Fall and Spring semesters only.)

  • SUMMER 2014:  Please note, the Peer Tutoring Program operates in the fall and spring semesters only, not in the summer.
  • FALL 2014 PEER TUTORING PROGRAM:  The Peer Tutor Request Form will be available here after the drop/add period ends on September 3.  Check back here for a link to the form.  The last day to submit a request for a spot in the Fall 2014 program is November 13.  After this deadline, the program will be closed to new participants. 
  • FALL 2014 PRE-ENGINEERING & ENGINEERING STUDENTS ONLY:  If you are seeking a tutor for a math, physics or engineering course, you need to complete the Hesse Center Academic Support Form instead of the form listed above.  

Who are the peer tutors and SI leaders?

Students who work as peer tutors and SI leaders have successfully completed the courses for which they provide tutoring and receive recommendations from their professors.  Peer tutors and SI leaders must show academic proficiency in the course with a grade of B or higher and have good interpersonal communication skills.  Peer tutors must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and SI leaders must maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.  All ASC student employees are expected to maintain confidentiality, attend training sessions and work well with peers and faculty. 

Are you interested in becoming a peer tutor or SI leader?

If you are a second-semester freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at Valpo, you may submit an application(s) and faculty recommendation form(s) to the Academic Success Center at any time.  The key hiring period is March-May for the upcoming academic year.  For more information, click here to access the Peer Tutor Job Description, Peer Tutor Application form and Peer Tutor Faculty Recommendation form, SI Leader Job Description and SI Leader Application form.  If you are applying for an SI leader position, you do not need to complete a separate faculty recommendation form. (Since there are limited SI leader positions, recommendations are handled through direct communication between the ASC Director and individual faculty members.)

Contact Information

Tricia A. White, Director
Academic Success Center
Christopher Center Library, 100A
Academic.Success@valpo.edu
(219) 464-5985