Tutoring is available to all student-athletes, free of charge. The Student-Athlete Academic Services staff includes dozens of tutors and learning assistants that can help with course content as well as study strategies. With an array of subject-matter experts, tutors are available in many general education program subjects including natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities. Capitalizing on free tutoring is a strategy that can help students master course material and/or improve grades.


  • Students should discuss specific tutor needs with their Athletics Academic Coordinator.

  • Requesting a tutor is done through a student’s GradesFirst account.

  • Students should not contact a tutor directly or exchange phone numbers and/or personal e-mail addresses.

  • All inquiries regarding tutoring services, scheduling, logistics, etc., should be directed to the Tutor and Retention Coordinator.



The Gerdin Athletic Learning Center is equipped with 12 private tutoring rooms, two conference rooms, one classroom and a number of other quiet spaces designed to accommodate various tutorial needs. The Tutor and Retention Coordinator schedules all appointments. Student-athletes are required to check-in at the first floor reception desk with their student I.D. Room assignments are posted on TV monitors on the first and second floor.

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 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.

Similar to tutoring requests, if a student is interested in scheduling an appointment with a Learning Assistant, they may do so through their GradesFirst account or by contacting the Tutor and Retention Coordinator or the Director of Retention.

Personalized Academic Support System (P.A.S.S.)

The P.A.S.S. program is centered around the concept of individualization and accountability. This initiative allows each student-athlete to work with their S.A.A.S. Academic Coordinator to tailor an academic support plan that fits their individual academic needs and goals. Some of the resources the P.A.S.S program offers to student-athletes include (but are not limited to):

  • Regular meetings with their Academic Coordinator

  • Weekly tutoring sessions

  • Meetings with a Learning Assistant to build academic skill sets

  • Attending a professor’s office hours

  • Attending Engagement Initiative workshops

Summer Bridge Program

Student-athletes who choose to begin their collegiate academic and athletic careers in the summer instead of the traditional fall semester will participate in the Summer Bridge Program. The Summer Bridge program is an opportunity to introduce incoming student-athletes to the culture of higher education, help orient them to college life and expose them to campus resources that can aid them in their transition to the University of Iowa. The program is packed with workshops designed to provide these new students with information that they would not be learning in the classroom.

Engagement Initiatives

Student-athletes have the opportunity to participate in a host of Engagement Initiatives throughout the academic year. Engagement Initiatives are topical workshops that help students hone their academic skills. Recent workshop subjects include the following:

  •  How to Study on the Road

  • Avoiding Procrastination

  • Finding Your Belonging in an Academic Setting

  • Exploring Intersections of Identity

  • Organizing Your Paper and Developing a Thesis

  • Finals Prep