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Center for Academic Success and Exploration

Individualized Peer Tutoring

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their course instructor as soon as the need is recognized in order to enhance their potential for academic success. If a student believes that additional support is needed to learn the course material, then tutoring as an option should be discussed with the course instructor. 

Requesting a Peer Tutor

Requests for Spring 2020 Individualized Peer Tutoring will open Monday, January 27, 2020.   The last day to request tutoring for Spring 2020 will be March 6, 2020. Students may complete the Tutor Request Form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a tutor?

Students may complete the Tutor Request Form here. Students may also stop by the Center for Academic Success and Exploration in Jordan Hall 144 or contact Jen Mann, tutoring coordinator, at, for more information. 

Who is eligible for tutoring?

Currently enrolled Butler undergraduate students are eligible for tutoring. Students must complete a Tutor Request Form

Can I receive tutoring in all of my classes?

No. Typical courses in which tutoring services are offered by the Center for Academic Success and Exploration include:

  • General Biology courses (e.g., BI 210)
  • Math courses in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (e.g., MA 101/102, MA 106/107)
  • Physics courses (e.g., PH 107/108, PH 201/202)
  • Core Curriculum—select courses (e.g., AR 212, NW 262)

Peer tutoring in other courses may be available, based on need and tutor availability. 

How much does tutoring cost?

Peer tutoring is free of charge for currently enrolled undergraduate students in select courses. 

Are there requirements for obtaining a tutor?

Yes. The Center for Academic Success and Exploration believes it is the student's responsibility to take proactive steps to achieve academic success. These factors include:

  • Regular attendance in classes and laboratories
  • Completion of assignments to the best of the student's ability
  • Use of departmental study tables (if available) for the subject
  • Meeting with the course instructor during office hours

Currently enrolled Butler undergraduate students are eligible for tutoring. Students must complete a Tutor Request Form

Am I guaranteed to get a tutor?

No. It is possible that a tutor request may not be fulfilled due to high demand, limited number of tutors, or other factors.  Students who have made a request that cannot be fulfilled will be notified as soon as possible and an alternative course of action will be recommended. 

How quickly will I be matched with a tutor?

The Center for Academic Success and Exploration attempts to process all tutoring requests in a timely manner. In most cases, approved requests can be matched in less than a week. 

What are Study Tables?

Study Tables are group walk-in tutoring sessions that meet regularly at a specific time and location. Study Tables are coordinated by each respective department, and students are typically notified of the schedule within the first two weeks of the semester.

Each Study Table is staffed by student moderators who have been chosen by the faculty based on their performance in a specific subject area. Students may come and go freely from Study Tables. While there, they have access to a student moderator for questions and assistance. 

Will I be tutored in a group?

No. Individualized Peer Tutoring allows a student to meet one-on-one with a peer tutor. 

Who will be my tutor?

Peer tutors are currently enrolled Butler students who have demonstrated exceptional grasp of course material. Our tutors have been recommended by their instructors. Tutors must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum grade of B in courses for which student will be tutoring
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively, maintain cooperative peer relationships, and be teamwork-oriented, dependable, attentive to detail, friendly, and approachable

How long can I work with a tutor?

Students benefit the most when they request tutoring early and commit to meeting with that tutor regularly throughout the semester. In most cases, tutoring is limited to 1-2 sessions per week.

Individualized Peer Tutoring is intended to be a supplement to other support services available (e.g., departmental study tables, instructor office hours). It is not intended to replace the classroom learning experience but is designed to help students who need additional assistance with understanding course content.

Is there anything that I need to do before meeting with my tutor?

Yes. Tutors expect that you come to your sessions with your course materials and specific questions that you have regarding challenging material. Read the following resource for more information on preparing for a tutoring session: Preparing for a Tutoring Session.

Why aren’t there tutors for every class?

Butler University professors should always be a student’s first tutor. Small class sizes allow for instructors to engage in individualized teaching with each of their students. Office hours are a fantastic way to learn directly from your instructor. Often peer tutoring is not needed because Butler instructors are available and willing to work directly with their students. If a student believes that additional support is needed to learn the material, then tutoring as an option should be discussed with the course instructor. 

Can I receive tutoring for standardized tests (PCAT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE, CASA, etc.)?

No.  Peer tutoring is not available for standardized tests or licensure exams. Students seeking additional support for such testing should consult with their faculty advisor. 

Is tutoring available for graduate students?

No. The Center for Academic Success and Exploration does not provide tutoring for graduate-level courses. 

I’m a business major; do you have tutors for my classes?

The Lacy School of Business hires tutors for Accounting and Economics. You can find contact information for these tutors on the Study Tables Schedule. 

Is there tutoring for foreign languages?

Yes. Tutoring for foreign languages is operated by the Student Modern Language Center

What if I need help writing a paper?

Students seeking help with writing skills and paper development should contact the Writers' Studio.

The Butler University Writers' Studio offers free, 45-minute writing consultations at any stage of the writing process – from understanding an assignment to final draft. Our undergraduate and graduate tutors will assist you with writing assignments across the curriculum.

Can I get help with preparing for a presentation?

Students seeking help with presentations should contact the Speakers Lab.

The Butler University Speakers Lab employs highly trained student tutors to give one-on-one help with the creation and delivery of both individual and group speeches or presentations. In 30- or 60-minute sessions, tutors assist students with all parts of the public speaking process, which includes refining the topic, organizing the content, effectively presenting, and developing visuals.  Tutors provide constructive feedback at any stage of the process. They are also trained to assist in the preparation of interviews.  

Is there tutoring available during the summer?

No. The Center for Academic Success and Exploration does not staff tutors during summer sessions. 

Can I get a tutor just for finals?

No. The last day to request tutoring each semester must be placed several weeks before finals. (This date is posted on the tutoring webpage.) Tutoring does not occur during finals week.

What if I just need help with general study skills?

The Center for Academic Success and Exploration is staffed with Student Development Specialists who can provide you with academic coaching. Typical coaching topics include: study skills, time management, motivation, test-taking strategies, goal setting, and organizational skills. Please contact the Center for Academic Success and Exploration at to request an appointment. You can also visit the Center for Academic Success and Exploration webpage for more information. 

What are my rights as a tutee?

A student learner has the right to:

  • A punctual, prepared peer tutor
  • 24-hour notice if a peer tutor must cancel or reschedule an appointment
  • Confidentiality from all individuals employed by the Center for Academic Success and Exploration
  • Timely contact from the Center for Academic Success and Exploration and peer tutors
  • Exploration of all avenues necessary for academic success
  • A comfortable tutoring environment
  • A change in peer tutors if necessary
  • An “open-door” policy to approach a supervisor if there are any concerns or questions