The No’eau Center opened its doors in 2007 when the University of Hawai’i—West Oahu was located in Pearl City. Today, the No'eau Center houses peer-tutoring, testing, and workshops at the Kapolei campus. With over 16 tutors and 5 full-time staff members, the Center provides academic support and success services for the UH-West O'ahu community. Get answers to some frequently asked questions, and find out more about our staff, or make a donation.


Peer-tutors are undergraduates with majors and minors across the various UHWO disciplines. They have been selected through a competitive application process, for their exceptional reading, writing, mathematics, and subject content abilities, their broad intellectual curiosity, their keen interpersonal skills, and their desire to assist and learn with their peers. Once peer-tutors have been accepted into the program, these individuals complete a training series of modules and workshops designed to educate them in peer-tutoring techniques and the challenges of different disciplines.

Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu

"Strive to Reach the Highest"


1. The Peer-tutor as a Helper. The peer-tutor's job is to help students learn and problem solve on their own. Peer-tutors do not just give students answers; rather, they are ready to help students begin to make progress towards a solution. Peer-tutors understand that learning is a process of comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. To assist in actively becoming involved in the learning process, tutors help tutees to:

  • Know the type of problem being solved.
  • Understand and use the vocabulary of the subject.
  • Practice the application of principles.
  • Realize that all learners make mistakes but that learning from one's mistakes is a very effective way to learn.
  • Perform the work themselves.
  • Verbalize what they have learned.

2. The Peer-tutor as a "Model Student." Peer-tutors are successful students, not experts. Peer-tutors demonstrate the thinking, study skills and problem solving skills necessary to learn new information. Since peer-tutors are successful learners, tutors exemplify the behaviors of model students. They must assess the areas where a student may need additional assistance and take the time to share tips and strategies that may work best.

3. The Peer-tutor as a No'eau Center Employee. As a No'eau Center employee, peer-tutors help to preserve the reputation of the No'eau Center on the UH-West O'ahu campus. Peer-tutors follow the rules and policies outlined in this manual as well as stated during the tutor training. Also, peer-tutors are responsible for explaining the center's policies to the students utilizing the center. During the semester peer-tutors should report any problems or concerns to the No'eau Center Director. Peer-tutors are respectful to the students, learning center staff as well as the faculty and administration at UH-West O'ahu.