USCA's Center for Student Achievement wants students to excel academically. To that end, we offer a variety of academic support services that are free for currently-enrolled USCA students. Students may visit the Math Lab for assistance with USCA math courses. Similarly, students may visit the Writing Room for assistance on writing assignments in any discipline and for information on the Writing Proficiency Portfolio (WPP). Finally, we offer drop-in tutoring and supplemental instruction sessions for many courses. Please take a look at the sections below to find a tutoring service that best fits your needs.
Our tutoring program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.
Library, 1st floor
The Math Lab provides students with free peer tutoring in freshman and sophomore level mathematics, assistance with calculator skills, and assistance using computer software used in mathematics classes.
See the Math Lab page for more information and operating hours. Note: The Math Lab and its website are maintained by the Math Department.
The Writing Room can help you with writing in all disciplines. Writing consultants come from a range of disciplines and are formally trained to provide feedback during all phases of the writing process.
See the Writing Room page for more information and operating hours. Note: The Writing Room and its webpage are maintained by the English Department.
Drop-in Subject Tutoring in Library
Tutoring takes place in the new Learning Commons area, located in the back, right-hand side of the first floor of the Library.
Drop-in tutoring is a great way to get quick answers to questions you may have about course material. Of course, we also recommend that you visit your professors during their office hours for additional course support!
Click to see a list of available tutors and times for July 2017
The tutoring calendar is updated daily & the schedule is posted on a monthly basis. Please check before going to tutoring. If a tutor has to miss a regular time due to illness, doctor appointments, etc. then we will update the calendar to reflect those changes.
Drop-in Subject Tutoring in Pacer Commons
The Center for Student Achievement & University Housing have partnered to offer drop-in subject tutoring in the new Pacer Commons Learning Center, located in Pacer Commons 1-C. Like our other services, this is a free service for currently enrolled USCA students. This service is open to students living on or off campus. If you do not live on campus, please use the rear entrance of Pacer Commons to access room 1-C.
We offer drop-in tutoring hours for several subjects and are constantly expanding our course and time offerings. Please click the link below to see the most up-to-date list of course and time offerings.
Current list of courses and times for Housing tutoring
Calendar updated daily & schedule is posted on a monthly basis. Please check before going to tutoring. If a tutor has to miss a regular time due to illness, doctor appointments, etc. then we will update the calendar to reflect those changes.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by "SI leaders", students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.
The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at University of Missouri - Kansas City. http://www.umkc.edu/asm/umkcsi/
To see our current list of SI offerings, please visit the supplemental instruction page.
USCA's Center for Student Achievement has partnered with Tutor Matching Service (TMS) to offer additional tutoring options. Through TMS, you can search for private tutors who offer services both in-person and online. While tutors set their own pay rates, many tutor for free. This is a great option if you need help in a course for which the Center for Student Achievement does not currently have free tutoring available on campus. To find out more about USCA's TMS partnership, please visit our page on hiring a private tutor.
How much do tutoring services cost?
All USCA tutoring services are completely free to currently enrolled USCA students. However, you do have the option of finding a private tutor, who may or may not charge.
If I don't live on campus, can I still use the drop-in tutoring services in Pacer Commons?
Yes! Any currently enrolled USCA student can use the drop-in tutoring services in the Pacer Commons Learning Center (Room 1-C). If you don't live on campus, be sure to use the rear entrance to access the room.
I need a tutor for a student who is in K-12, can you help?
For non-USCA students, please visit our page on private tutoring. Although some tutors charge, many tutor for free. You may also contact USCA's Career Services office, which may have a list of students who tutor off campus. You can reach Career Services at 803-641-3440
I need help in a course but there are no drop-in tutoring times available for that course. What can I do?
If you need help for a course that is not listed under our drop-in tutoring section, consider using our tutor request form. Although we cannot provide an individual tutor for every course, using the tutor request form will let us know what kind of demand exists for specific courses. The courses for which we provide tutoring, as well as the times, may vary from semester to semester based on course DFW rates and, of course, tutor availability. We also recommend that you visit your instructor during his/her office hours. Finally, you may look for a private tutor by visiting our private tutoring page.
I'm struggling in a class but it's not really related to the course material. Is there anyone I can talk to?
Sometimes students have problems related to time management, test-taking anxiety, study skills, etc. We always recommend that you speak with your instructor and academic advisor about any concerns you have. You can also make an appointment for an academic consultation with a professional staff member from the Center for Student Achievement.