College can feel overwhelming sometimes. If you find yourself confused by class material, intimidated by an assignment or just unsure of what is standing between you and the grades you want, the Saint Louis University Student Success Center can help.
Our highly qualified tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders are trained to mentor you as a student and foster a supportive environment where you will be empowered to identify and achieve your academic goals. Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction are available to students in more than 75 mostly-undergraduate supported courses.
Additionally, Saint Louis University Writing Services offers you individualized feedback and advice on your academic writing.
For questions about academic support resources, contact the director of Academic Support, Kelly Herbolich, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Writing Services
Committed to the campus-wide improvement of student writing, Saint Louis University Writing Services offers a range of resources to support you, whether you are brainstorming ideas off of an assignment sheet or copy editing that (almost) perfect final draft. Set up an in-person or video session with one of our writing consultants through SLU Appointments, browse our useful links for writers or submit your best work in a University-wide writing contest.
Tutoring at Saint Louis University follows a cross-level peer tutoring model where the tutor, identified by their level of achievement from taking a particular course, is a Saint Louis student who work with peers who have yet to complete the same course. Tutoring sessions are typically offered as one-on-one sessions but in some cases may be offered in small groups.
Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program offering group tutoring for some large lecture courses at SLU. Supplemental Instruction leaders are peers who have previously taken and excelled in the course. What is unique about Supplemental Instruction is that the leaders attend the lecture and act as model students. They use their experience in the lecture to develop sessions that focus on collaborative learning and study strategies.
Supplemental Instruction is available for some of the largest lectures in the following subject areas:
No appointment is necessary; simply show up at the scheduled time and location.
Become a Tutor or Supplemental Instruction Leader
SLU’s tutor and Supplemental Instruction positions are a wonderful leadership opportunity for undergraduate students. Currently, the Student Success Center employs more than 80 students as tutors or Supplemental Instruction leaders.
Benefits of Becoming a Tutor or SI Leader
- Gain valuable, professional experience.
- Continue to develop your understanding of important subject material while helping your peers.
- Give back to the SLU community.
- Balance your academics through convenient, on-campus employment. (Tutors are hired for both the north and south side of campus.)
Requirements to be a Tutor or SI Leader
- Have at least a 3.0 in the subject area to be tutored and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Faculty recommendation.
- Attend a daylong training during the weekend before classes begin.
- Participate in in-service trainings or projects (two per semester).
- Act as an academic role model.
- Be encouraging and supportive of your peers
Preference for SI and tutor positions will be given to undergraduate students who have taken at least one semester of classes at Saint Louis University. We typically do not hire graduate students.
The following handouts provide more information about the benefits of attending tutoring and SI sessions:
- Tutoring 101: Need Help?
- Tutoring 101: What is Tutoring?
- Tutoring 101: What is Supplemental Instruction?
- Tutoring 101: Standing Appointments for Student Support Services students
- Tutoring 101: Preparing for Sessions
- Tutoring 101: Misconceptions
- Tutoring 101: Now What?
Guided Study Groups
Guided study groups are offered within the life sciences and health sciences learning communities before exams. Guided study groups offer you the opportunity to meet and study with your peers. Supplemental Instruction leaders and tutors from the Student Success Center will be present to help answer questions regarding course material.
Student Support Services: Standing Tutoring Appointments
In collaboration with the Student Educational Services, the Student Success Center offers standing weekly tutoring appointments to participants of the Student Support Services grant. Only students registered with Student Support Services are eligible for standing tutoring appointments.
In order to keep this privilege, you are expected to show up at each appointment or cancel the appointment by using instructions from the online scheduler. Two or more missed appointments may result in loss of these standing appointments.