USCA's Center for Student Achievement wants students to excel academically. To that end, we offer a variety of academic support services that are free for currently-enrolled USCA students. Please take a look at the sections below to find a tutoring service that best fits your needs.
For information about the Writing Room, maintained by the English Department, please visit the Writing Room website.
For information about the Math Lab, maintained by the Math Department, please visit the Math Lab website.
Drop-in Subject Tutoring in Library
Tutoring takes place in the Learning Commons area, located in the back, right-hand side of the first floor of the Library. No appointment is necessary, as all of our tutoring is on a drop-in basis. Just find a tutor, check his/her schedule below, and then stop by the Learning Commons area for tutoring.
Drop-in tutoring is a great way to get quick answers to questions you may have about course material. Of course, we also recommend that you visit your professors during their office hours for additional course support! Even if you don't need tutoring, feel free to come study in the area.
Please take a look at the list of tutors and their subjects below and then click the calendar link to find a specific tutor's schedule. You may view the calendar by week, month, or in a list format.
The tutoring calendar is updated daily & the schedule is posted on a monthly basis. Please check before going to tutoring. If a tutor has to miss a regular time due to illness, doctor appointments, etc. then we will update the calendar to reflect those changes.
Please note that although we provide tutoring for many courses, we do not provide tutors for all courses. We focus on providing tutoring support for courses with high DFW rates at the 100 and 200 levels that have a high tutor-request rate from students in those courses.
Current Learning Commons Tutors & Subjects:
Ashlyn: BIOL 243 & 250; EDPY 330; PSYCH 101; SOCY 101; NURS: 201, 202, 301, 307, 309, 312, 323
Carol: NURS: 201, 301, 307, 309, 312, 323
Clyde: French; German 101 & 102; HIST 101 & 102; Philosophy 110; Religion 103; SPAN 101, 102, 210, & 316
Gina: MATH 108, 111; BIOL 121; EXSC 198, 225, 239, 311, 321, 337
Kevin: Spanish; PSYC 101; CHEM 101; SOCY 101; BIOL 243, 244; NURS 202, 307; HIST 101; POLI 201
Kyle: Math 104, 108, 111; Stat 201; Chemistry 101; BIOL 243; Level I nursing courses
Mitchell: CHEM 112, 332
Richard: MUSC 196. *By appointment only* in ETH 131. Email RBias (@usca.edu) for more information.
USC Aiken's Center for Student Achievement has partnered with Tutor Matching Service (TMS) to offer additional tutoring options. Through TMS, you can search for private tutors who offer services both in-person and online. Students may search for tutors based on location, subject, cost, tutor rating, etc. While tutors set their own pay rates, many tutor for free. This is a great option if you need help in a course for which the Center for Student Achievement does not currently have free tutoring available on campus.
Tutors on TMS do not work for USCA. These are individuals offering private services through TMS. They set their own fees and availability and USCA can not guarantee the quality of the tutoring services they offer. However, TMS does offer a money-back guarantee on their tutoring services (see https://www.tutormatchingservice.com/guarantee/).
The USCA Center for Student Achievement does offer "badges" to those individuals who have previously worked as tutors for the Center of Student Achievement. This way, you can easily identify individuals who have experience taking USCA courses and tutoring USCA students.
Although USCA still offers many free tutoring services, we are happy to have this new partnership with TMS, which provides students with an additional resource to help ensure academic success.
IMPORTANT: Once you access the Tutor Matching Service page, you can click the "X" next to "School" at the top of the page to see a list of tutors from across the country, many of whom tutor online for free! You can filter by subject/course, price, etc.
If you'd like to be a private tutor, once you access USC Aiken's TMS page, just click on the "For Tutors" link at the top of the page and follow the prompts to sign up.
How much do tutoring services cost?
All USCA tutoring services are completely free to currently enrolled USCA students. However, you do have the option of finding a private tutor, who may or may not charge.
I need a tutor for a student who is in K-12, can you help?
For non-USCA students, please visit our page on private tutoring. Although some tutors charge, many tutor for free. You may also contact USCA's Career Services office, which may have a list of students who tutor off campus. You can reach Career Services at 803-641-3440
I need help in a course but there are no drop-in tutoring times available for that course. What can I do?
If you need help for a course that is not listed under our drop-in tutoring section, consider using our tutor request form. Although we cannot provide an individual tutor for every course, using the tutor request form will let us know what kind of demand exists for specific courses. The courses for which we provide tutoring, as well as the times, may vary from semester to semester based on course DFW rates and, of course, tutor availability. We also recommend that you visit your instructor during his/her office hours. Finally, you may look for a private tutor by visiting our private tutoring page.
I'm struggling in a class but it's not really related to the course material. Is there anyone I can talk to?
Sometimes students have problems related to time management, test-taking anxiety, study skills, etc. We always recommend that you speak with your instructor and academic advisor about any concerns you have. You can also make an appointment for an academic consultation with a professional staff member from the Center for Student Achievement.