A wide selection of support
We provide a staff of peer, graduate, and professional tutors to support a wide selection of UNE courses in all colleges. UNE’s peer tutors are a select group of students who demonstrate subject proficiency as well as the personal qualities and professionalism necessary for providing effective academic support.
Peer tutors are selected based on academic achievement, supportive faculty recommendations, and an application and interview process. Peer tutors are trained and many have earned certification by the College Reading and Learning Association. Professional tutoring is also provided by SASC professional staff.
Tutoring services are free of charge to all students matriculated in a program at UNE. Current, enrolled students will find the TutorTrac tile on their Okta dashboard. Available help may be by appointment or on a drop-in basis and may be in-person or online via Zoom.
If tutoring is not currently available in a particular subject, or if a student is having difficulty using the scheduling software they should visit the SASC for their campus or email email@example.com.
Becoming a tutor
- Strengthen their skills in interpersonal communication, active listening, and collaboration
- Provide supportive opportunities for students to interact with the course material in new and creative ways
- Develop awareness of their own and others' learning preferences
- Earn internationally-recognized Tutor Certification through SASC's affiliation with the College Reading and Learning Association
- 'B' or above in the course you wish to tutor, and a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
- Completion of two semesters of college
- Completed application form, including two faculty references
- Enthusiasm for your academic subject and an interest in helping your peers learn
Peer tutoring is a paid position, and tutors typically offer at least 3–8 hours of tutoring per week, depending on student need. Tutoring as part of work study for undergraduate applicants is preferred but not required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the SASC for an application.
Tutors are hired for the following program and subject areas:
- Dental Hygiene
- Marine Science
- Applied Nutrition (online program)
- Dental Medicine
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Occupational Therapy
- Osteopathic Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Public Health (online program)
- Social Work (on-campus and online program)
- To identify and clarify key concepts
- To organize and remember information
- To integrate text and lecture notes
- To prepare for a test or quiz
- To learn and improve study strategies
- To catch up on some material after an excused absence from class
- Class notes
- Text notes
- Past quizzes and tests
- Assignment sheets
When you check in for tutoring you will be asked to sign a Tutee Agreement that gives SASC permission to share information about your tutoring with instructors if they request it. This is to your benefit. SASC keeps record of all tutoring activities. All SASC staff — including tutors — sign a Confidentiality Agreement as a condition of their employment in the SASC.
Tutors are expected to facilitate student learning by:
- Discussing specific course content
- Promoting and modeling the use of appropriate study strategies
- Emphasizing active learning techniques
- Practicing good listening and communication skills
- Maintaining scheduled hours
- Respecting students’ right to confidentiality
It is important to note that tutors are not “homework machines” or miracle workers. If you procrastinated throughout the semester, cramming with a tutor the night before a major exam will not produce good results. If you plan to visit a writing tutor, keep in mind that last minute revisions are not effective.
You are expected to be active participants in your tutoring sessions. Bring relevant materials to the tutoring session. Come prepared by:
- Attending class
- Taking notes
- Reading assignments
- Trying homework problems
- Preparing questions
- Attending tutoring on a regular basis
Biddeford Campus students call the SASC at (207) 602-2443.
Portland Campus and Online students call the Portland Campus SASC at (207) 221-4247.