FAQs

How do I make an appointment?

All individual tutor appointments will be made by signing up online.

Follow this link:  https://www.plu.edu/student-success/

Choose the Schedule an Appointment button, and click on the Tutor for a Class menu. Find the subject you would like tutoring for and click on that button.

The dates that the tutor is available will show on the calendar (appointments will be available two weeks out). If you click on the date, the available times will show up on the right. If you click on the time that works for you, you will have the opportunity at that point to fill out your information and secure your appointment. If there are no times available, it means the appointments have already been filled by other students.

You can always call us (253-535-7518) or come into Academic Assistance (Library first floor) to ask for help signing up online.

Where are you located?

Academic Assistance is located on the first floor of the Mortvedt Library. Follow the blue carpet to the left right when you come in the front doors of the library. Some tutoring takes place in other locations on campus, so be sure to pay attention when you are looking at information on this website.

What are your hours of operation?

The AAC’s office hours are 8:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday. However, tutor appointments are often scheduled for early evening hours and some weekend hours.

Where does the tutoring take place?

Most of the tutoring appointments take place in Academic Assistance, in the Library. However, language tutoring takes place in the Language Resource Center in Hong Hall; music tutoring takes place in MBR Music building, and various drop-in labs are conducted in Morken, Rieke, and Xavier. Specially scheduled test review sessions are scheduled in various locations on campus and are posted on our website.

Do you have a tutor for every subject?

We have subject tutors for Math, all the Natural Sciences (including Nursing and Kinesiology), Business, Economics, Music, and foreign languages (French, German, Norwegian, Spanish). Other classes in the Humanities and Social Sciences are supported by three Peer Learning Specialists, who can help students more broadly with academic success strategies emphasized in those areas.  The Tutoring Subjects page in our website provides information about the tutors for each subject and the classes they have taken.

How long is a tutoring session?

Tutoring sessions are scheduled in half hour increments.

Can I work with a tutor for more than half an hour?

If no one has signed up for the following half hour, you can continue to meet with the tutor until either another student comes or the tutor has finished their shift.

How many tutoring sessions can I sign up for in one week?

You are welcome to sign up for two half-hour tutoring appointments per week per class you are taking. However, we ask that you not sign up for two appointments in a row.

Is there a fee for tutoring?

No. The tutoring service is provided free of charge to all PLU registered undergraduate students.

What happens if I can't attend my scheduled appointment?

You can cancel your appointment online up to an hour before your scheduled appointment time. Look for the link to cancel the appointment in the email you received when you made your appointment.

What can I do if the tutor is completely booked?

We post two weeks at a time.  If there are no openings in the current week, perhaps there will be an open slot the following week.  You can always request a group study session for you and your friends or classmates or a test review session. We’re happy to schedule those with a few days’ notice depending on the tutor’s availability. And please don’t forget that your professor is a fantastic resource!

Do you have tutoring during the entire academic year?

We have complete tutor coverage during the fall and spring terms. We offer very limited tutoring during J-Term and summer. Our tutors are also free to cancel their hours during Dead Week. There is no tutoring during Finals Week.

What other services do you offer besides one-on-one tutoring?

We offer weekly Language Conversation Tables, which are informal gatherings where a tutor will facilitate conversation in German, French, Norwegian and Spanish. We offer test review sessions, which are pre-scheduled in conjunction with specific classes. We offer Supplemental Instruction (SI) for Biology 205 in conjunction with that specific course. We offer drop-in labs in Math, Geoscience, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Kinesiology, Business, and Music.