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The Academic Assistance Office provides a variety of services dedicated to helping West Virginia State University students achieve academic success. Our friendly staff is ready to assist whether you want to enroll in one of our supportive training courses, sign up for a tutor in a difficult class, meet with a counselor to discuss academic concerns or you just have a question and don’t know who to ask.

Tutoring services available:

TAP Room: 117 Wallace Hall, (304) 766-5231
  • Drop in Math and Science tutoring
  • Monday through Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Writing Center: 2nd Floor of the Library, (304) 766-3041
  • Drop in assistance with Writing Assignments
  • Monday through Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Questions? Contact Daisy Squirts at daisy.squirts@wvstateu.edu
Language Lab: 218 Ferrell Hall, (304) 766-3217
  • Spanish and French Tutoring
  • Monday and Wednesday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am - Noon & 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Questions? Contact Professor James Natsis at natsisja@wvstateu.edu
Peer Tutoring: 117 Sullivan Hall, East, (304) 766-3041 Smarthinking: (304) 766-3041
  • Live, Online Tutoring - in a variety of subjects to help you succeed!
  • 24 hours a day
  • Submit writing assignments for review
  • Log on at www.smarthinking.com
  • Username: your complete WVSU email address
  • Password:  wvstate
Other programs offered by the Academic Assistance Office include:
  • Workshops that promote student success such as Study Skills, Time Management, Developing a Study Group that Works 
  • Academic Coaching and Counseling
Feel free to call Daisy Squirts, Academic Assistance Counselor at (304) 766-3041, by email daisy.squirts@wvstateu.edu, or come by the office, 117 Sullivan Hall, East, for assistance if you have questions.  We are here to help you succeed at West Virginia State University. 
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowBecome a Tutor
Benefits of Becoming a Tutor:
•       Tutoring provides a great opportunity to help others succeed
•       Develop leadership skills
•       Improve your own skills
•       Earn money: $9.50 for undergraduates, $10.50 for a bachelor's degree, and $11.50 for a master's degree.
•       Add to your scholastic and career resume

Qualifications-Students must have the following:
•       3.0 GPA
•       Letter grade of ‘A’ in the courses tutored
•       2 Faculty recommendations
•       Complete the application
•       3 forms of ID (student ID, driver’s license, social security card or birth certificate)
•       Complete Availability Sheet 
•       Math tutors must complete a test of the material

 The Peer Tutoring Manual provides additional helpful information!
 

PEER TUTOR FAQs  

What is Peer Tutoring?
Peer Tutoring is students helping other students. Peer Tutors are trained to assist students with mastering class content, reviewing, preparing for exams, and study skills. Tutors may work regular hours in the TAP Room or meet students by appointment. Tutors circulate among students in the TAP Room, perhaps to explain a problem or concept to one student or group, assign a similar problem, then move on.  Tutoring appointments are also scheduled with individuals or small groups of students. The primary purpose of all tutoring is to help students be successful in college.


How are Tutors selected?
To be eligible, students must have earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA, get a reference from an instructor, and complete a paid training course. Students must also have an A in the course they plan to tutor. 


What will I be required to do?
Peer Tutors are available to meet with students at regular times during the week—usually between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM Monday through Thursdays. Friday and weekend hours are also available. Tutors choose hours that fit their own class schedules and may work anywhere from two to twenty hours per week. 


The job involves helping students with whatever gets in the way of academic success. In addition to assistance with class content, students may need help with managing study time, taking notes, using library resources, and so on. The Tutor's basic job is to be a helper. 


What does the training involve?
The training covers the student learning process, instructional strategies to improve students' academic performance, and group tutoring techniques. Tutors also meet periodically throughout the semester for additional training.


What should I expect from the Peer Tutor Supervisor?
In addition to providing the training, the Supervisor may observe tutoring sessions to assess the effectiveness of the tutor and provide additional assistance as needed. The Supervisor also collects payroll documentation to insure that tutors receive regular paychecks.


How much are Tutors paid?
Tutors are paid $9.50 per hour for undergraduates, $10.50 for bachelor's degree, and $11.50 for master's degree.


*SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI) FAQs

What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a learning enhancement program designed to organize and improve the ways students prepare for class. SI is attached to courses to provide students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the course material assigned by the professor.


A student who has demonstrated proficiency in a targeted course is trained and assigned to the class. The SI leader attends the course to keep up with the course content being presented and to model effective student practices and attitudes. The SI leader schedules and conducts three to four group meetings a week at times convenient to members of the class. During these sessions, the SI leader uses collaborative learning strategies which encourage involvement, comprehension, and synthesis of course content. In addition, the SI leader will incorporate demonstrations of effective study techniques.


How are courses selected for SI?
SI targets historically difficult courses. In other words, these courses contain content that students consider challenging. SI is designed to support faculty teaching and is assigned to a course because of what is being taught, not because of how it's being taught.


What will I be required to do?
SI Leaders complete a ten-hour training program prior to the beginning of classes. They meet with the instructor and arrange to make a short presentation introducing SI on the first day of class. Enrolled students also complete a survey with the times they are available to attend SI sessions. The weekly schedule of sessions is announced at the second class meeting and all enrolled students are encouraged to attend. SI leaders conduct three to four of these group sessions each week, as well as extended sessions prior to exams. They also meet regularly with the SI Supervisor and with instructors as needed. The total time involvement for SI Leaders averages about nine hours per week throughout the semester.


What does the training involve?
The training covers the learning process, instructional strategies to improve students' academic performance, facilitating group activities, as well as data collection and other management details. SI is not traditional Q & A tutorial. Leaders plan each session to include activities designed to help students "learn how to learn" the content of the course. The training is primarily about how to prepare and conduct these sessions. SI leaders meet weekly throughout the semester for continued training.


What should I expect from the SI Supervisor?
In addition to providing the training, the SI Supervisor attends several classes and SI sessions during the first weeks of the semester to assess the effectiveness of the SI leader and provide additional assistance as needed. The SI Supervisor also collects payroll documentation to insure that SI leaders receive regular paychecks.


How much are SI Leaders paid?
SI leaders are paid $9.50 per hour.

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowResources & Links
Below are several resources to assist with developing strong study and time management skills. Please contact Daisy Squirts, Academic 

Assistance Counselor by phone at (304) 766-3041, or 117 Sullivan Hall, East or by email at dsquirts@wvstateu.edu, to schedule an appointment to learn more about these topics. 

Academic Success Tips
Calculate Your GPA
Concentration Tips
Cycle of Tutoring
Weekly Time Schedule
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowSMARTHINKING.COM
Smarthinking.com is a web-based tutoring service that is available in the following subjects:
 
Algebra
Accounting
Intro to Finance
Economics
Statistics
Calculus
Geometry
Trigonometry
Bilingual Math
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physics
Intro to Anatomy and Physiology
Biology
Writing
Spanish
 
Every WVSU student can access smarthinking.com for free! It is available 24/7 for students. You can make an appointment for a tutor
or have a live chat. Essays are edited within 24 hours.
 
To access the website go to smarthinking.com
 
Username:    use your full WVSU email address
Password:     wvstate
WVSU Current Students Academic Assistance
Daisy Squirts

Academic Assistance Counselor
117 Sullivan Hall East
(304) 766-3041
daisy.squirts@wvstateu.edu


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