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Academic Support

About Our Services

College can feel overwhelming sometimes. If you find yourself confused by class material, intimidated by an assignment or just unsure of what is standing between you and the grades you want, the Saint Louis University Student Success Center can help.

Our highly qualified tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders are trained to mentor you as a student and foster a supportive environment where you will be empowered to identify and achieve your academic goals. Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction are available to students in more than 75 mostly-undergraduate supported courses.

Additionally, Saint Louis University Writing Services offers you individualized feedback and advice on your academic writing.

For questions about academic support resources, contact the director of academic support, Kelly Herbolich, at

Online Delivery of Academic Support

The department of academic support is committed to providing support throughout the summer 2020 term.  University Writing Services is offering options for synchronous and asynchronous  consultation. In partnership with the Distance Education Office, individual tutoring is available via Smarthinking Online Tutoring for select courses.  Students can also continue to utilize Student Success Coaching by scheduling an appointment in EAB Navigate or by emailing Emily Tuttle ( 

Summer 2020 Tutoring Services

Summer 2020 University Writing Services

Tips and Strategies for Online Learning

University Writing Services

Committed to the campus-wide improvement of student writing, Saint Louis University Writing Services offers a range of resources to support you, whether you are brainstorming ideas off of an assignment sheet or copy editing that (almost) perfect final draft. Set up an in-person  session with one of our writing consultants through EAB Navigate, which is available in the tools section of your mySLU portal.

University Writing Services

June 17 through June 19, 2020, University Writing Services is proud to offer a free virtual writing retreat for all graduate students. The retreat will feature facilitated content and a half-day productivity workshop.  

Register for the Virtual Writing Retreat

More information about the Virtual Writing Retreat


Tutoring at Saint Louis University follows a cross-level peer tutoring model where the tutor, identified by their level of achievement from taking a particular course, is a Saint Louis student who work with peers who have yet to complete the same course. Tutoring sessions are typically offered as one-on-one sessions but in some cases may be offered in small groups. To create an appointment, visit EAB Navigate in the tools section of your mySLU portal.

Fall Semester Courses with Available Tutoring

Spring Semester Courses with Available Tutoring

Summer Semester Courses with Available Tutoring

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program offering group tutoring for some large lecture courses at SLU. Supplemental Instruction leaders are peers who have previously taken and excelled in the course. What is unique about Supplemental Instruction is that the leaders attend the lecture and act as model students. They use their experience in the lecture to develop sessions that focus on collaborative learning and study strategies.

Supplemental Instruction is available in the fall and spring semesters for some of the largest lectures in the following subject areas:

  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology

No appointment is necessary. 

Spring 2020 Supplemental Instruction Session Schedule

Become a Tutor or Supplemental Instruction Leader

 SLU’s tutor and Supplemental Instruction positions are a wonderful leadership opportunity for undergraduate students. Currently, the Student Success Center employs more than 80 students as tutors or Supplemental Instruction leaders. The hiring process occurs between February and April. For questions, email Melissa Burgess,

Benefits of Becoming a Tutor or SI Leader

  • Gain valuable, professional experience.
  • Continue to develop your understanding of important subject material while helping your peers.
  • Give back to the SLU community.
  • Balance your academics through convenient, on-campus employment. (Tutors are hired for both the north and south side of campus.)

Requirements to be a Tutor or SI Leader

  • Have at least a 3.0 in the subject area to be tutored and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Faculty recommendation.
  • Attend a daylong training during the weekend before classes begin.
  • Participate in in-service trainings or projects (two per semester).
  • Act as an academic role model.
  • Be encouraging and supportive of your peers

Preference for SI and tutor positions will be given to undergraduate students who have taken at least one semester of classes at Saint Louis University. We typically do not hire graduate students.

Tutoring Resources

The following handouts provide more information about the benefits of attending tutoring and SI sessions:

Student Support Services: Standing Tutoring Appointments

In collaboration with the Student Educational Services, the Student Success Center offers standing weekly tutoring appointments to participants of the Student Support Services grant. Only students registered with Student Support Services are eligible for standing tutoring appointments.

In order to keep this privilege, you are expected to show up at each appointment or cancel the appointment by using instructions from the online scheduler. Two or more missed appointments may result in loss of these standing appointments.