Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations

Academic Assistance

Learning Assistance at PLU: So Many Opportunities to Excel!

StudentAt PLU, learning assistance resources are plentiful and free for registered undergraduate students. The Academic Assistance Center, Writing Center, and Language Resource Center are the primary departments devoted to helping students with their academic work, but professors at PLU are very accessible through their office hours, and students themselves can form study groups to aid in their own learning.

The AAC hires about 30 peer tutors who cover most of the academic areas. Our tutors are approved by faculty for their academic ability, screened by the AAC for interpersonal skills, and trained in a six-week, one-credit course following National College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) guidelines. After they complete 10 hours of training and 25 hours of actual tutoring time, the tutors are certified through CRLA.

AAC tutors are trained to guide students to their own conclusions through careful questioning. They learn academic success strategies as well as tutoring methods, so students who want to improve their critical reading, note taking, test preparation, test taking, or time management can get help with those as well.

Our services include half-hour, one-on-one tutoring appointments, open-lab, walk-in tutoring sessions in the evenings, weekly foreign language conversation table, and periodic test-review sessions. We also offer Supplemental Instruction for Chemistry 131. Please encourage your PLU student to explore these options. More information about the AAC peer tutoring program can be found at Or, students may simply call us at 253-535-7518 or stop by our office in Library 124.