UW-Superior offers free tutoring services for all currently enrolled on campus and online UW-Superior students. Students can access tutoring by seeking support with our UWS Peer Tutors for drop-ins or appointments. In addition to peer tutoring, UW-Superior contracts with NetTutor to provide professional tutoring via virtual drop-ins.

The Tutoring Services office is located in the Educational Success Center, Swenson 1025.

In-Person Tutoring

Peer Tutoring

The Educational Success Center offers free tutoring in a variety of undergraduate courses each year for all enrolled students, including distance learning. Peer tutors are UW-Superior students who have taken the courses they tutor in, or classes at a level higher, and done well. They know the courses and the instructors and can help students to master course content.

Drop-in Appointments

For students looking for immediate or quick help, tutors are available. Courses are available at a given time vary depending on tutor availability. To see when tutors are available, please see the semester schedule.

Scheduled Appointments

Students may also schedule 30-60 minute individual or group appointments with tutors during their scheduled drop-in times, as well as limited hours in the evening and weekends. Appointments can be scheduled on Navigate.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free, nontraditional form of tutoring that focuses on collaboration, group study, and interaction for assisting students with “traditionally difficult” courses. SI provides a trained peer who has successfully taken the course to assist current students. Through SI sessions, students gain course-specific learning and study strategies, note-taking and test-taking skills. They get the opportunity for structured study time with peers.

SI Leaders

SI sessions are facilitated by academically successful students, known as SI Leaders, who have previously excelled in the course and have received training on guiding collaborative group study sessions. SI Leaders attend all assigned lectures, take thorough notes, and participate as a traditional student within the course. SI Leaders plan and use a variety of teaching and learning methods in SI sessions that students can apply to any class, thus providing an opportunity to learn how to learn while learning what to learn.

Benefits of Attending SI Sessions

SI is a resource offered by the Educational Success Center and available to any student registered in an SI-targeted course. Attendance is voluntary but is highly encouraged. Data has proven that students who attend regularly (at least one session a week) on average receive a final grade one-half to a whole letter grade higher than their classmates who did not regularly attend.

Students who participate in SI:

  • Learn how to learn while learning what to learn.
  • Work collaboratively with peer students in a facilitated environment.
  • Receive support from a trained, educated SI Leader.

Data suggests that the more often students attend, the higher their final grades will be in the course. We recommend attending at least three SI sessions per semester.

For more information regarding Supplemental Instruction, please contact the Educational Success Center.

Find the present semester’s SI Leaders and weekly SI sessions on Tutoring Schedules and Courses.

Embedded Tutoring

Embedded tutors are UW-Superior peer tutors who are placed in a class for the entirety of the semester. Some tutors will be present at each class hour, and some are in the class part-time in order to offer in class support depending on the needs of the individual course. Embedded tutors offer individual tutoring hours and group tutoring sessions. Embedded tutors work with the needs of the students in the course and may offer additional supports such as study guides, Canvas discussion boards, and virtual office hours.

Embedded tutors support both in-person and online sections of courses. Find the current semester’s embedded tutors availability on Tutoring Schedules and Courses.

Online Tutoring

Peer Tutoring

The Educational Success Center offers free tutoring in a variety of undergraduate courses each year for all enrolled students, including distance learning. Peer tutors are UW-Superior students who have taken the courses they tutor in, or classes at a level higher, and done well. They know the courses and the instructors and can help students to master course content.

In addition to offering in-person options, all peer tutors are also available for virtual appointments via Zoom during their regularly scheduled hours. Appointments must be scheduled in advance on Navigate.

NetTutor: 24/7 Online Tutoring

In addition to peer tutoring, UW-Superior offers professional online drop-in tutoring in a large variety of subjects through NetTutor. These tutors are not UW-Superior students and they have not taken any classes at UW-Superior. Any student enrolled in UW-Superior courses can use NetTutor.

Students can access NetTutor through their Canvas courses. Tutor availability varies by subject, and the subject schedules can be found on the respective pages.

Additional Information

How to Schedule an Appointment On Navigate

To schedule an appointment with a peer tutor, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log onto Navigate using the phone app or browser
  2. Select “Appointments” from the navigation options
  3. Select the blue “Schedule an Appointment button, located at the bottom of the screen on the mobile app and the upper right hand side of the browser.
  4. Use the first drop-down option to choose “Tutoring Services”
  5. Use the second drop-down option to choose the appropriate tutoring service
    • You will get the option to chose in-person or virtual at the end of the appointment scheduling process
  6. If you have a specific day in mind, you may enter that, otherwise, feel free to select the current days date, as it will show further available times.
  7. In the next screen, in the blue box that appears, choose the course you would like to receive tutoring in.
    • If you are not seeing your course, this means we currently do not have tutors available for this course. Please email Trish Allen at tallen12@uwsuper.edu for additional support.
  8. Choose a day and time that works for you. You may also be prompted to select a tutor at this time if there is more than one available. Times available will be divided into the locations the tutors will be in during that time.
  9. Review the appointment details to ensure everything is correct. Select if this will be an in-person or virtual appointment if you are given the option.
  10. In the box, “Would you like to share anything else” please share details on what you are looking for support in with the course so the tutor can prepare before the appointment.
  11. Select the “Schedule” button. You will receive an email and calendar invite with further details.

How to Prepare for Peer Tutoring

Working with a tutor can help you better understand the course material, but it can be intimidating when you don’t know what to expect. Your tutor will know the questions to ask to keep the session flowing, but there’s plenty you can do to prepare to make sure you’re getting the most out of the session.

Tip #1: Bring all of your course materials to tutoring sessions. This includes the syllabus, book, notes, lab materials, and any other materials. Treat the tutoring sessions the same way you would treat a class in terms of what you bring to it.

Tip #2: Ask Questions. Come prepared with areas of confusion and what you’d like to work on. It may be helpful to write them down beforehand.

Tip #3: Get to Work. Come prepared with as much of your homework completed as you are able, but don’t expect to work on homework during the session. During the session, be prepared to practice and problem solve with your tutor guiding you.

Tip #4: Don’t expect your tutor to replace your professor. Remember that your tutor is also a student, and not an expert. They are there to help you understand the material not re-teach the material from class or give you answers to problems. It may take longer than expected to learn the material, but stick with it.

Tip #5: Be Patient. Learning is a process and it can take some time to process the course material. It may take more than one session to fully grasp the material.It can be stressful and frustrating, but your tutor is there to support you.

Student Employment Opportunities

Interested in becoming a Peer Tutor, SI Leader, or Embedded Tutor? Our tutors are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and have a B or better in the courses they support. Hiring typically begins at the end of a semester to begin the start of the next semester. All student employees attend a paid training to learn how to best tutor students and are trained in accordance with best practices.

If you would like to apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and at least one faculty reference to Trish Allen at tallen12@uwsuper.edu.

Not seeing what you need?

Please contact Trish Allen, Tutoring & Testing Coordinator, at tallen12@uwsuper.edu