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Academic Support

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 resources available at Saint Louis University Student Success Center can help.

For general questions about academic support resources, contact the director of academic support, Kelly Herbolich, at kelly.herbolich@slu.edu

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 a session with one of our writing consultants through EAB Navigate, which is available in the tools section of your mySLU portal.

When scheduling an appointment with University Writing Services, you may choose one of three options: an in-person consultation, a Zoom appointment, or asynchronous appointment. In-person consultations will occur in one of the three avialable locations (Busch Student Center, 331; Pius XII Memorial Library room 320; or Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing suite 114).  For questions, email writing@slu.edu

University Writing Services

Tutoring

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 works 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. 

To create an appointment, visit EAB Navigate in the tools section of your mySLU portal. Make sure to choose the course for which you seek tutoring and to select "Busch Student Center” as the location for in-person appointments. There will also be a limited number of tutoring appointments offered through Zoom during the Fall 2021 semester. To make a virtual appointment with a tutor, select "Virtual (Tutoring)" as the location. For questions, email Melissa Burgess, melissa.burgess@slu.edu.

Fall 2021 Courses with Tutoring

Supplemental Instruction

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 in the fall and spring semesters for some of the largest lectures in the following subject areas:

  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology

No appointment is necessary. 

Fall 2021 SI Schedule

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. 

The Student Success Center will begin recruiting tutors and SI leaders in February 2022, at which time the application and faculty recommendation form are posted online. For questions, email Melissa Burgess, melissa.burgess@slu.edu.

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.

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.)

Tutoring Resources

The following handouts provide more information about the benefits of attending tutoring and SI sessions: