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Tutoring Services

As a Urbana student, you have access to free tutoring services. With 1:1 appointment based sessions and the online writing review you can be sure to find something that fits your needs and your schedule.


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You can schedule tutoring appointments as early as one week in advance.

What is Tutoring?

Tutoring is: 

  • Far more than just homework help – Instead, our tutoring approach is designed to help reinforce concepts from the course.
  • Foundational level support – our tutoring program focuses on core, introductory Urbana classes.
  • Coaching, encouraging, mentoring.
  • Free to currently enrolled students.

Tutoring is not:

  • A homework service – our tutors will not do your homework for you. Instead they will help you understand the concepts so you can improve your level of understanding.
  • A substitute for going to class – you get the most out of tutoring by attending all classes and being prepared to ask tutors specific questions
  • Only for those who are chronically "lost" in a course – the best students know their limitations and use tutors to help them along the way.

Tutoring Policies and Guidelines

All Urbana students are expected to adhere to the following tutoring policies as a courtesy to other students and our tutors:

  • Check in - For appointments, be sure to check in at the front desk and let the Learning Commons staff know you are there for tutoring.
  • Prepare for the appointment - Students are expected to be prepared for tutoring.  Make sure that you are prepared for your tutoring appointment by attending class regularly, reading the assigned materials, attempting assigned coursework, and preparing questions for the tutor.
  • Bring course materials - Students are expected to bring their own materials to the tutoring appointment, including textbooks, writing utensils and calculators.
  • Expect concept-based tutoring - While the tutors will assist with any questions regarding the covered concepts, they will not assist you with graded assignments.
  • Schedule number of sessions - You may schedule up to two tutoring appointments per week per subject (e.g., two math, two writing, etc.). Please note that you may schedule only one appointment in the same subject each day and that the online writing review also counts as an appointment.
  • Show up on time - It is crucial that you show up on time for your scheduled appointment. The tutor will wait no more than 10 minutes; thereafter, your appointment will lapse and you will be considered a no-show.
  • Cancel on time - In the event you cannot attend your scheduled tutoring session, please contact the Learning Commons to cancel no later than two hours before your scheduled appointment. Any cancellation occurring thereafter will be documented as a no-show. To cancel, contact the Learning Commons at 937.772.9313, or via email at
  • No-show policy - Two no-shows, regardless of the subject, will result in your termination from scheduling any further tutoring appointments for the remainder of the term.
  • Instructor notification - If you opt-in, the Learning Commons will send your instructors a report notifying them of your tutoring services usage.

Students are expected to follow all of these tutoring guidelines. Not doing so may result in the forfeiture of further Learning Commons assistance.
*The Learning Commons reserves the right to schedule appointments based off of tutor availability and not personal preference.

Writing Services

Online Writing Review

The writing service is available to review and provide feedback on your paper prior to in class submission. Just complete a form with basic information about yourself and the assignment, then email your paper to the Learning Commons. Your paper is then reviewed by a qualified tutor who adds comments to your paper and returns it to you within 24-48 hours.

Submit Paper for Review > 


This online writing support tool is designed to help Urbana University students improve their sentence-level writing skills. Through this website, you can upload a draft of your assignment and receive instant feedback on grammar and mechanics. In order to utilize this service, you must use your Urbana email address.

Upload Paper to Grammarly >

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