NLU offers both face-to-face and/or online learning support in the areas of writing, math and science. This is a service available to currently enrolled NLU students. Students can make appointments to meet with a tutor or learning specialist at the Chicago campus and the suburban campuses. Students can also seek online assistance by submitting papers and questions or interfacing with a tutor in real time.
Here are some possible questions you might have about tutoring:
Full-Time Learning Specialists
Amanda Bendle: Math & Science
Peter Ploegman: Language Arts
Colleen Ryan: Language Arts
Grover Wake: Language Arts
Gary Renn: Math – Elgin and Lisle Campuses
Eric Friedl: Math - Chicago Campus
John Hopp: Math & Language Arts -
Wheeling & North Shore Campuses
The tutors are peer-tutors and professional learning specialists. They are knowledgeable and competent in their subject areas. The tutors and learning specialists are available to help you review your work. They will not take the place of your course instructor in the teaching of the content material for your course. They are here to help you build your competency based skills in order to become a more independent and successful student.
Yes. An appointment is necessary to guarantee availability.
Winter 2015 Tutoring Schedule:
Monday thru Thursday – 10:00am-6:00pm
Fridays – 9:00am-5:00pm
Alternating Saturdays – 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuesdays – 3:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursdays – 3:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesdays – 2:00pm-5:00pm
Thursdays – 2:00pm-5:00pm
To make an appointment, please call 312-261-3374, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the front desk at the Chicago campus library. The front desk at the Chicago campus schedules appointments for all campuses.
Students can also make an appointment online through Starfish on the Student Services tab in the NLU portal.
To ensure that all students are able to get the help they need, we limit tutoring sessions to one 1-hour appointment per subject per week. This means that if you need help with math and writing, you can get one tutoring appointment for math help and another tutoring appointment that week for writing help. If you feel you will need more than one tutoring appointment a week per subject, please email email@example.com for a tutoring referral form to be completed and returned by your course instructor.
If you are unable to come in for an appointment during tutoring hours, please go to SmarThinking, our online tutoring service, accessible through the NLU portal. For more information on SmarThinking, visit our SmarThinking Resource Guide.
Yes. You may schedule a weekly recurring appointment to see a tutor for the duration of the term. If, however, you miss a total of three tutoring sessions, for whatever reason, your recurring appointment will be cancelled. You may then schedule tutoring appointments on a week by week basis.
If you are running late, please contact us as soon as possible; call 312-261-3374. When you arrive, you will receive the remaining time in your allotted time slot. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late without notifying us, your appointment will be cancelled, and you will need to reschedule.
If you can’t make it to campus, you have two options for tutoring.
Your first option is our online tutoring service, SmarThinking, accessible through the NLU portal. For more information, see our SmarThinking Resource Guide.
Your second option is to sign up for an online tutoring appointment done using the Zoom video-conferencing program. You will need a computer, webcam, and microphone to work with a tutor in real-time. You will receive an invite to the appointment sent to the email you provide when scheduling your Zoom video-conferencing appointment. You should also have an electronic version of your assignment to share with the tutor. Please call 312-261-3374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a Zoom video-conferencing appointment.
Prepare specific questions to ask the tutor. Bring all relevant materials (textbooks, syllabi, worksheets, assignment details, etc.). Tutors are available to answer questions, discuss and address assignment issues. They do not do the assignment for you or with you. Plan your tutoring session well in advance of the assignment due date as you will need time to incorporate the tutor’s feedback, comments, and suggestions.
The tutor will not proof-read or correct your paper, but you can expect to receive feedback regarding your questions on grammar, usage, mechanics, style, organization, and citations. The tutor will identify key issues within the first few pages of your essay and provide feedback. The tutor will provide resources that will assist you in mastering college level writing skills. You will be expected to actively participate in the tutoring session by taking notes and responding to the tutor’s questions and feedback. Before coming in for a follow-up appointment, revise your work according to the tutor’s feedback.
Each math tutoring session is designed to help you gain further understanding of particular mathematical topics. You should come prepared with specific questions and all work completed to the best of your ability. Tutors will use example problems similar to your homework problems in order to explain concepts, but the tutors will not work through your assignment problem-by-problem.
A tutor is available to assist you with topics in biology and chemistry. You should come with detailed assignment instructions, completed work, class notes, and textbook. Please have specific topics you wish to review. The tutor will help you work through interpreting the language of the textbook, assignment expectations, and may suggest additional online or print resources for you to reference.
Yes. We provide assistance in APA citation and formatting. For online help, please review our Resource Guide for APA citation style. If you find that you need additional assistance, schedule a tutoring appointment to review how to correctly cite and format an APA style paper.
Access the online D2L tutorials to learn how to navigate D2L. If you need further assistance, you can schedule an appointment by calling 312-261-3374 or emailing email@example.com.
We do not offer tutoring for LiveText. For assistance with this program, access NCE's online tutorials and resources.
Yes. You may schedule two tutoring sessions per subject area prior to each attempt of the Compass assessment. For Compass math tutoring, you are expected to complete the online practice test to the best of your ability before coming to your appointment.
Yes. NLU students and applicants can schedule tutoring appointments to prepare for the TAP exam only after attending one of the TAP courses or workshops. The TAP course or workshop you attended must be in the same subject-area as the requested tutoring appointment.
If you are seeking academic accommodations, you should contact Peter Ploegman, Learning Support Specialist, at 312-261-3188 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. All accommodation requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis.