By hiring and training qualified peers to provide a variety of tutorial services, the University Tutorial Center promotes strategies for students to become independent learners and therefore contributes to NC State undergraduate and graduate students’ academic success. The UTC also interacts with on and off-campus partners to share expertise about the tutoring field.
The UTC began in 1979 as a small academic assistance program (the Learning Assistance Center) for veterans, which later expanded to offer tutorials for all undergraduates. In 1987, the center added Supplemental Instruction (SI) support to support the large demand for chemistry academic assistance. In 2001, the center added writing and speaking tutorial support for all students. Currently the UTC provides tutoring by appointment and drop-in support for chemistry, math and physics courses (100 and 200-level), SI support for select large-lecture undergraduate classes and writing and speaking support for all undergraduate and graduate students.
- 6 professional and support staff
- Approximately 200 peer student tutors each academic year
- Tutoring by appointment in chemistry, math and physics
- Drop-in tutoring for math, chemistry, and writing
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) for select large lecture classes
- Writing and speaking tutoring appointments for graduate and undergraduate students (face-to-face and online options)
- Hiring and training peer tutors (USC 210)
- Producing and marketing tutor-training products
- The UTC serves over 3,000 unique students each academic year in various programs designed to best fit students’ needs
- The UTC trains over 200 peer tutors each academic year
- The UTC’s tutor training products are used by over 1,000 different learning institutions
Barbie Windom, Director