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We offer peer-tutoring in all subject areas in-person and online through video-chat, conference call, or written feedback. Our tutoring services are free and available to anyone in the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu community. Our tutoring philosophy is to promote life-long learning for students at all levels to gain the skills necessary for effective, confident, and independent learning. While tutoring may help raise students’ grades, our primary focus is developing students’ learning skills.

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How it Works

Working with a peer-tutor will help students identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies in order to help students meet their academic and personal goals. Peer-tutors can assist students in the following areas:

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Understanding concepts
  • Practicing problems
  • Developing strategies for breaking down projects into manageable and achievable tasks
  • Increasing awareness of procrastination and identifying ways to get back on track
  • Assisting with exam preparation and test taking strategies

During tutoring sessions, peer-tutors use a variety of tools to help students improve their time management, study strategies, and problem-solving skills. Peer-tutoring is open to all undergraduate students. To ensure the full benefits of this experience, students are asked to come prepared. Peer-tutoring is provided in 50 minute sessions.

Role of a Tutor

Please keep in mind that tutors are students and not subject-area experts and, as a result, cannot teach. They can help reinforce concepts that are taught in class and provide opportunities to practice what is taught in class. In 1-on-1 or small group sessions, students can get feedback on the particular areas where they are struggling with particular concepts or problems. For example, while the instructor often must be focused on the class as a whole, in these 1-on-1 or small group meetings, tutors are better able to focus on particular students.