Tutoring: We Can HelpTutoring Services – We can help!
Northland Pioneer College tutoring services provide academic support to help you excel in your coursework while reaching your personal goals.

Tutoring is available in most NPC academic areas and is provided FREE of charge.

It is recommended that you seek a tutor when:

  1. You need help in understanding assignments.
  2. You want assistance in understanding concepts and ideas.
  3. You want to know more about study skills and preparing for tests.
  4. You believe that you are falling behind in the semester.

To get started, complete the online Request for a Tutor form, or contact the
Coordinator of Tutoring Services. (see bottom of page)

How do I prepare for a tutoring session?

  1. Bring your textbook, class notes, past quizzes or tests, course
    syllabus, homework or workbook problems.
  2. The tutor can best help you if you have already attempted the
    assignment and can specify which concepts are causing you concern.
  3. Do not expect the tutor to work on homework assignments or explain
    class lectures
    . Expect the tutor to help with understanding concepts,
    learning material, and with study techniques to improve learning and
    test scores.
  4. Always notify the tutor in advance if you cannot attend a session.
  5. Each time you receive tutoring, complete all sections of the
    Sign-In sheets
    to verify your attendance.
    • Audio/Video/and Model classrooms should have the Sign-In sheet
      in a folder on a table in the classroom; if not, get one from the campus/center librarian
    • Return the sheet to the folder after filling out the time that
      you leave.
  6. At the end of each semester, complete a tutor evaluation

What Tutoring Labs are Currently Available?

Tutoring is available at ALL locations beginning the 2nd week of the semester and
ends the Friday before finals week.

Tutoring for Spring 2015 semester starts Jan. 19th


CourseMonday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
MAT from TLC 092,Through MAT 112





MAT 189 only




MAT 152 only






MAT from MAT 142 - 221




MAT 221 only









Additional tutoring is also available at campus and centers, depending on tutor availabilty.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to obtain tutoring?

  1. Be currently enrolled in the course for which you seek tutoring.
  2. Complete the online Request for a Tutor form, or contact the
    Coordinator of Tutoring Services.
    (see bottom of page)
    • The Coordinator will contact you within 3 business days to suggest suitable
      Tutor Labs or to connect you with approved tutors.
    • In most cases you can receive 20 hours of tutoring by appointment
      per class, per semester.
    • Tutoring Labs do not have a restriction of how many hours of tutoring
      you can receive per semester.

Will tutoring really help me pass my class(es)?

Yes. NPC students, who attend tutoring sessions regularly and frequently, receive up to 20% more A, B, or C grades than average.

Does it really matter how regularly I go to tutoring sessions?

Yes. Students who study with a tutor (and/or a study group in a tutoring lab) for 1 hour, two or more times each week will gain a better understanding of the concepts and achieve long term learning.

Bursts of studying, such as "cramming" or receiving tutoring for a solid 3-4 hours in one sitting is a common misconception on how to learn or to pass tests. After a period of time the mind gets tired, it is harder to stay focused on the subject matter, and a person may begin to feel frustrated or overwhelmed by too much information. The person who tries to study all at one time, does not clearly remember the material studied after the mind started to get tired. The more tired the mind, the less clearly material is remembered. Studying for short periods that are spread out over the week, helps keep the content manageable and the mind focused and alert.

Whom do I contact for assistance?
  1. Contact the Coordinator of Tutoring Services by email
    (see below).
  2. Students enrolled in The Learning Cornerstone (TLC) classes
    should talk to their instructor or Learning Assistant for more details
    about tutoring for their specific course(s).
  3. If you need special assistance contact Disability Resource and
    Access Coordinator Sandy Manor via email or by phone
    (800) 266-7845, extension 6178

If you are interested in tutoring students:
  • A tutor must have completed the course they want to tutor with an A or B, or have completed more advanced courses in the specific
    subject area.
  • An instructor of the specific subject area must provide a reference for current students who would like to tutor.
  • Complete the online application form and submit requested employment forms.
  • Complete a course on Effective Tutoring during the first semester as an NPC tutor.

For more information contact:

Ruth Creek
Coordinator of Tutoring Services
(800) 266-7845, ext. 7367

Related Content

Academic Advising   The Learning Cornerstone
Request for Tutoring   Application to be a Tutor
Disability Resource & Access