Find help at the Tutoring Center, Math Lab, Reading Clinic and Writing Center

College courses can be challenging, and even top students sometimes need academic support.

Cal U is the place to find it.

All Cal U students have free access to one-to-one or small-group tutoring. Visit the Tutoring Center to learn how to take better class notes, do better on tests and study more effectively. Stop in at Noss Hall to build skills in math, reading and writing, or to gain understanding in a variety of subjects.

Tutoring Center: Manderino Library, Suite 430

Develop new skills for academic success at the Tutoring Center in Manderino Library. Peer tutors can assist you in most curriculum areas. Tutors can identify your specific needs and help you:

  • Review class notes.
  • Assess your knowledge.
  • Increase your vocabulary.
  • Test your knowledge through pretests.
  • Acquire new test-taking skills.

Call 724-9938-4230 for an appointment, or walk right in. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

See the tutoring schedule

Math Lab: Noss Hall, Room 115

The Math Lab can help you succeed in all your math- and statistics-based courses. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed by highly qualified peer assistants (tutors) who can help you master skills and gain motivation and confidence.

In addition to basic skills, the Math Lab provides free math tutoring in all classes, and specifically in physics, chemistry, computer science, computer information systems, electrical engineering, biology, Earth sciences, electrical engineering and accounting courses, plus the business course Analytical Methods and the math placement test.

Help with graphing calculators and math/statistics software also is available.

The Math Lab is open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Call 724-938-5893 to schedule a tutoring session, or stop in to ask when a tutor can meet you for a one-to-one or small-group session. Tutoring is arranged to fit your schedule; sessions generally last 30 minutes. Video disk tutorials are available for College Algebra and other math-related topics.

Pro tip: Before coming to your Math Lab session, try doing the assignment on your own. This will help the tutor identify specific problems you are having in the course.

Reading Clinic: Noss Hall, Manderino Library, Suite 430

Don't let reading difficulties hold you back! The Reading Clinic offers free, one-hour tutoring sessions to teach techniques that improve reading comprehension and vocabulary.

The clinic is staffed by a faculty member and trained student tutors. You will learn to effectively:

  • Identify main ideas.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions.
  • Understand concepts and retain facts.
  • Improve and implement test-taking skills.
  • Speed read.

The Reading Clinic emphasizes ways to transfer these skills to reading college texts. In addition, the clinic assists teacher-education students in PAPA reading test preparation and obtaining reading rates. Students can work privately or schedule an independent lab session with staff direction.

Walk-ins are welcome by appointments are recommended. Call 724-938-4364 to schedule a session. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Writing Center: Noss Hall, Room 110

The Cal U Writing Center provides free face-to-face and online writing assistance to Cal U undergraduate and graduate students in all academic majors and programs. Our trained undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants work with writers one-to-one and in small groups to help them extend their ability to write effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Through dialogue and reflection, consultants and writers develop strategies that writers can use to draft, revise and edit their work, from planning a paper to writing the final draft.

Writing consultants don't copyedit or proofread student papers, but they do work closely with students as they learn strategies (including editing and proofreading) for improving their own writing through revision.

The Writing Center also offers a writing resource library and informative handouts. In addition, the center offers student workshops on writing-related topics and works closely with faculty members to support student writing in specific courses.

To schedule a face-to-face session at the Writing Center, use this online request form. You may schedule one appointment per day, and up to two appointments per week.

Walk-ins are welcome, and there is no limit to the number of walk-in appointments allowed. For questions, call the center at 724-938-4336.

Pro tip: Writing Center consultants work hour-to-hour. Arrive on the hour to get the most out of your tutoring session.

Apply to be a Writing Center tutor.

Undergraduate and graduate students in any major may apply to tutor students in academic writing.

  • Undergraduates work with students one-to-one in person or online. These are work-study positions, and consultants must be eligible for work-study. Students work eight hours per week and are paid the prevailing work-study wage.
  • Graduate assistants work directly with the Writing Center director to ensure the effective operation of the center and its programs. Positions require a commitment of 20 hours per week, and graduate assistants receive a stipend. Graduate Assistant Job Description

To apply, complete the online application and submit it, along with two writing samples, to writingcalu@calu.edu. If you have difficulty opening or viewing the online application, open the printer-friendly application, print it out, complete it and return it with two writing samples to the Cal U Writing Center in Noss Hall, Room 110.

For more information about the application process, contact Dr. Brent House, Writing Center director, at house@calu.edu or 724-938-4585.