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Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring

The Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center (PLSSSC) Peer Tutoring Program assists students with becoming independent learners by sharing strategies that positively impact their academic achievement, including developing and strengthening course skills. The tutoring program offers free one-on-one sessions focused on each student’s academic needs as well as small group sessions where students can share thoughts and course information. PLSSSC’s tutoring program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) at the Level II stage to provide creditability and set standards for the program.

NSU also offers online tutoring via SMARTHINKING, a free online tool for NSU students. SMARTHINKING provides assistance in academic areas, including writing, basic mathematics to Calculus, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Accounting, and Spanish. Student interact live with a SMARTHINKING tutor to improve academic performance and increase chances of reaching educational goals. Contact Dr. Edwards, the tutor coordinator, at today to get your log-on information. . 


The mission of the peer tutorial program is to provide academic assistance for comprehension in coursework for a diverse student population by using a variety of tutoring techniques and activities that promote independent learning and student success.

Program Goals

  • Meet the demands of college-level work.
  • With satisfying the University’s academic requirements.
  • With developing learning and study skills that promote learning independency.

Intended Learning Outcomes Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to independently apply tutored skills on course assessments successfully
  • Successfully complete tutored course requirement

SSC Peer Tutoring Toolbox

Becoming a tutor for the PLSSSC involves a very selective process that includes prospective tutors having:

  • High academic achievement (i.e., overall GPA of 3.0 or better, completed course with a 3.0 or better)
  • A willingness to serve others
  • Superior command of subject matter

Complete the PLSSSC Peer Tutor Application and PLSSSC Peer Tutor Professor Recommendation Form or a reference letter from a professor that instructs the course.

For more information, contact Dr. Ethel Edwards at: (757) 823-8507

Location: Nursing and General Education Building, Suite 120-125.

Hours of operation

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed