A Robust Peer-tutoring Program
The Banacos Academic Center is home to the University Tutoring Program, as well as the Academic Strategies Program, Disability Services, and our program for students with Learning Disabilities.
We offer a robust peer-tutoring program that is available for all undergraduate students during the Fall and Spring semesters. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of tutors for all courses. Tutors are outstanding upper-level students who have been recommended by faculty. The University compensates tutors at the minimum wage. Tutoring is not available during summer and winter sessions.
Tutoring for Mathematics and Science tutoring is available through the College of Mathematics and Sciences' STEM Tutoring Program. Please visit their website for drop in hours.
Additional online tutoring is available through PLATO. Plato Online Learning (CIT) @ Westfield State University offers free online tutoring services in the areas of Math (Basic Math to Calculus, including Statistics), Writing, ESL, Accounting, Economics, Chemistry, Nursing, and many other subjects for undergraduate and graduate students. Professional tutors are available 7 days a week through ThinkingStorm for help and you can also set up a live chat appointment for help.
All tutoring provided through the Banacos Academic Center will be done remotely, primarily online.
It is important that students come prepared for their tutoring session. When a student fails to show for three scheduled sessions, the student will be asked to meet with the Banacos staff to discuss any concerns or issues that may be causing difficulty in the tutoring sessions as well as reinforcing the importance of promptness and attendance at all scheduled appointments.
Request a Tutor
Students may sign up to work with a tutor through WSU360. Tutors available to tutor your course have been added to WSU360.
To make an appointment with a Banacos tutor:
Log into your WSU360 Account
Scroll down until you see “Banacos Peer Tutoring,” click to enter.
You will see a list of Tutors for your classes. Click the three squares next to the name of the tutor for the class you are looking for.
Select “Schedule Appointment”
Select from their list of times available.
Select the “Location” (i.e. Zoom, Phone Call, FaceTime, etc)
Lastly “Add Course”
If a tutor is not available for your class, we will work to find one. To request a tutor, students may fill out the online tutor request form. After matches have been made, students should initiate contact with recommended tutors and arrange a time to meet.
Become a Tutor
To become a tutor, students may fill out the online tutor registration form.
Tutors must meet the following requirements before tutoring for the Center:
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
- Have earned at least a B+ in each individual course you wish to tutor
- Obtain one faculty recommendation per course in which you wish to tutor
- Participate in a tutor training session
Recommend a Tutor
To recommend a tutor, faculty must provide the names of the recommended student/s along with the course number/s of the course/s you can recommend them to tutor. Please do this in one of the following ways: