Academic Skills offers a variety of tutoring programs for students at the University of Southern Indiana. Our peer tutors and academic coaches complete comprehensive training and are certified through the National Tutoring Association. We operate as a walk-in help room and are pleased to offer in-person, drop-in assistance (no advanced appointments required). Face coverings are welcomed but not required.
All tutoring in Academic Skills is free of charge.
Fall and Spring Semester
Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Academic Skills Location:
Education Center, Rm. 1111
Writers' Room Location:
Education Center, Rm. 1102
Types of Tutoring
Academic Skills offers the following types of tutoring and assistance. Check the schedule for specific availability of tutors per subject area.
Subject-based peer tutoring provides students with individualized, content-specific assistance in a variety of courses.
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Math classes up through Calculus I, MATH 230 (beyond this course, help may be limited)
All subject-based tutors complete an extensive training program led by the Academic Skills staff and are supervised by Learning Specialist, Dr. Darrin Sorrells.
Students can send an essay to firstname.lastname@example.org for feedback from a writing consultant.
The email message should include:
- A note describing the assignment
- The help needed
- The class and professor
- The due date of the assignment
A writing consultant will respond initially within 48 hours, except on Fridays and weekends. If all of the information above is not included, it could delay review of the paper.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a voluntary program that offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are led by undergraduate student SI Leaders who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. Each SI Leader facilitates two study sessions per week. Please check your syllabus to see if SI is offered for your course.
Students who participate in SI:
- Learn the study skills necessary to succeed in the courses.
- Work collaboratively with peers in an open, friendly, and non-judgmental environment.
- Receive support from an extensively trained, educated SI Leader.
- Achieve higher academic success in the courses
The Writers' Room (ED 1102) serves as a resource for undergraduate writers by providing assistance from peer writing consultants, a comfortable writing environment, and reference materials.
For writing assignments in any class and at any stage of the writing process, peer writing consultants can provide students with guidance and feedback:
- Understanding assignments
- Elaborating and supporting ideas
- Understanding grammar
- Researching and using source material
- Using correct and effective sentence structure
- Thesis development
All writing consultants complete an extensive training program led by the Academic Skills staff and are supervised by Writing Specialist Deanna Odney.
To request a private remote tutoring session via Zoom, send an email to Online.Tutoring@usi.edu at least 72 hours (Mondays-Thursdays) in advance of the requested session indicating the subject for which assistance is sought in addition to possible days/times when available for the online appointment.
Academic Skills personnel will work to try to locate tutors for requested remote tutoring sessions, but we cannot guarantee online sessions can be scheduled. If an online session can be scheduled, the student will receive a confirmation email from Academic Skills with session details