The University of San Francisco: Learning and Writing Center

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Peer Tutoring Information

The Learning & Writing Center provides free peer tutoring in a variety of academic subjects. Peer tutors are current USF students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their subject and receive on-going training in fostering academic success in others. Peer tutors are available for 1:1 appointments and small group appointments.

Cara TOM

Name: Cara Owada
Major: Nursing
Year: Senior II
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Why she enjoys tutoring: "My favorite aspect of tutoring is seeing that "light bulb moment" when I work with a student. I also find it extremely rewarding when I see a student and hear that they are doing well in their classes. It's great to have a job that lets me [tutor] a subject I'm very passionate about".


 If you have already had a tutor appointment, please evaluate him/her.

Information for students

TutorTrac Instructions

To locate a tutor by subject and schedule an appointment students should follow the directions listed below:
  1. To enter TutorTrac:
    • In myUSF, click on Fav Apps and select TutorTrac.
    • Or, go directly to TutorTrac and log in with your USF username and password.
  2. Click on the "Search Availabilities" button on the left hand side of the screen
  3. From the "Center" drop-down menu select "Learning Center"
  4. Click on drop down menu that reads "Choice Required" and select course
  5. Click on the "Search" button, availabilities will appear to the right
  6. Click the time that works for you

If you were not able to find a tutor through TutorTrac, request one here.

Peer Tutor Appointments: What is expected of you?

Your tutor expects that you will:
  • Arrive on time to your tutoring sessions and be prepared to work.

A tutor is only required to wait 15 minutes before declaring an appointment a No-Show. A "late cancellation" is when you cancel your appointment in less than 24 hours of your appointment time. A total of 3 No-Shows/Late Cancellations will result in a loss of peer tutoring privileges for the remainder of the semester.

  • Bring to every session your course text, notes, and handouts, as well as pen, paper and calculator if necessary. If course materials are found online, bring a laptop that connects to the internet or ask to meet in a location that provides computers and internet access.
  • Meet regularly with your tutor throughout the semester not simply around exam dates.
  • Come to each session with a plan. Know what you want to work on during your time together.
  • Be an active participant in the tutoring session. Take responsibility for writing clarify notes, comments, or ideas so that you feel empowered to work independently between sessions.
  • Show respect to your tutor and your time together. Avoid texting, emailing, and making and receiving phone calls during your time together unless it relates directly to the work at hand.
  • Remember, printing is not free in campus computer labs. Bring your student ID to use the Go-Print stations.

Peer Tutor Appointments: What Can You Expect From Your Tutor?

You can expect that your tutor will:
  • Arrive on time to your tutoring sessions and be prepared to work.
  • Respect you and your time together. They will avoid texting, emailing, and making and receiving phone calls during your time together unless it relates directly to the work at hand.
  • Not do your homework for you. They will assist you in solving similar problems so that you are able to understand the concepts and eventually feel empowered to work independently.
  • Respect you as an individual and assist you in developing study habits that best fit your needs.
  • Be accessible by leaving a message with the Learning and Writing Center front desk at 415.422.6713415.422.6713.
  • Maintain confidentiality. What happens in a tutoring session stays in the tutoring session; however, a tutor may share information with the Learning Center Director if you or another student appears to be in danger.

Peer Tutoring Positions

All peer tutors are full-time USF students who have completed at least a semester of study at USF. Tutors are those students show dedication to their academics and maintain a Cumulative and Semester GPA of 3.0 or higher. To tutor for a specific course the applicant should have taken the course at USF, received an A- or above, and can produce a USF faculty letter of recommendation. All tutors are required to participate in ongoing tutor training during their time as an LWC peer tutor.

To apply, applicants should complete an online application. If there is a need, the applicant will be contacted for an interview. Students interested in working as Language Tutors should complete an application with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL). Not all applicants or students referred by faculty will be hired.

Go to the Writing Center to learn more and how to make an appointment.

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