Academic Support

By capitalizing on the benefits of tutoring and academic support, student-athletes can be stimulated, challenged and make progress towards achieving their academic goals.

Academic Resources

These academic resources which include links to the writing center and physics lab are here to help students in any area they need:


Tutoring is available to all student-athletes, free of charge. Tutors can help you with course content as well as study strategies. Tutors are available in many general education program subjects including natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities. Tutoring is a strategy that can help students learn course material. For other students, tutoring can help master the material to earn A's instead of B's. Tutoring, however, is NOT a substitute for attending class and doing the work.


  • Be prepared for each session. Review the section, draft the assignment or do some problems in advance. Bring your course materials (books, assignments, drafts, class notes). Be ready with questions. Tutors do not organize, write or type papers for you. Please utilize the university’s Writing Center of set-up a time to meet with your instructor to receive feedback on your papers/assignments.
  • At the end of each session, summarize with your tutor, discuss the topic and goal of your next week’s session, and discuss any necessary tasks to be completed.
  • Be prompt for your appointment and meet at the Athletic Learning Center.
  • Keep tutoring appointments. In the event of an illness, injury, or travel conflicts, etc. you must notify Tutor and Retention Coordinator (Jessica Buser) or Director of Retention (John Bruno) 24 hours in advance if you cannot keep your tutoring appointment,.
  • Bring your syllabus to the first tutoring session and discuss upcoming assignments, papers, and exams.
  • Come prepared for each tutoring session with reading assignments completed, questions in mind, and all class material.
  • Be honest and persistent. If you do not understand, ask.
  • Your first three no-shows to any scheduled tutoring sessions will be reported to your Academic Coordinator and coach. After three no-shows to any scheduled tutoring sessions, tutoring privileges will be suspended until you meet with the Director of Retention. If you should have any further no-shows, you will be required to meet with the Director for Academic Services (Elizabeth Tovar) in order to have your tutoring privileges reinstated. Any additional no-shows constitute a loss of tutoring privileges.

Don't Risk Your Elgibility - Read These Guidelines For Appropriate Tutor Use

Under no circumstances may you:

  1. Ask or allow your tutor to contact a TA, professor or coach.
  2. Plagiarize or ask your tutor to plagiarize work.
  3. Have your tutor as an exam proctor.
  4. Receive or give money/gifts (i.e tickets) or food from your tutor (this includes loans).


  1. Discuss your specific tutor needs with your athletics coordinator.
  2. Request a tutor through your Grades First account.
  3. Do not contact a tutor. You are prohibited from exchanging phone numbers and personal e-mail addresses with tutors. All tutoring requests should be done through GradesFirst.


Tutor rooms have been reserved in the Athletic Learning Center. All tutoring takes place in the designated tutoring areas during the Learning Center hours of operation. Once you check-in at the 2nd floor front desk with your student I.D., the staff member will indicate which room your tutoring session will take place.

Learning Assistants

Learning Assistants provide an additional layer of academic support services to student-athletes. Learning Assistants are assigned to work one-on-one with student-athletes based on the students' individual needs. These appointments are designed to assist the student in enhancing their skill-sets in many of the follow areas:

  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Note-Taking
  • Test-Taking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Study Skills
  • Additionally, Learning Assistants are asked to communicate student progress and/or concerns to Student-Athlete Academic Services staff, so that the proper resources can be identified to address students' academic needs. Learning Assistants may also routinely check students' syallabi for assignment details and due dates, check the students' notes for accuracy, attendance and comprehension and confirm completion of previous weeks work.

    If you are interested in scheduling a weekly or bi-weekly appointment with a Learning Assistant, you may do so through your Grades First account or by contacting John Bruno or Jessica Buser