Faculty FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about the services provided by the Learning Center. Should you need more details, we invite you to contact us. Thank you for supporting HSU students.

Q: What types of free tutoring does the Learning Center offer?
A: The Learning Center provides the following free peer tutoring services:
  • General Tutoring Lab • 826.5217
    Free individual or group tutoring for a variety of subjects. General tutors can also help with exam prep, time management, basic software skills, and strategies for test taking, note-taking, and more. Students are strongly recommended to make appointments in advance.
  • Math Tutoring Lab • 826.4266
    Free drop-in math tutoring available for Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Introductory Statistics, and many other math courses. No appointment necessary.
  • Supplemental Instruction • 826.5226
    Supplemental Instruction (SI) sections are optional peer-led courses for challenging science classes. SI sections meet twice a week for the duration of the semester. Registration is required.
  • Science Lab Tutoring • 826.4266
    Free drop-in science tutoring available for Chem 107,109, & 110; Bio 104 & 105; Bot 105; & Zool 110.
  • Writing Studio • 826.5217
    The Writing Studio offers free peer assistance with writing assignments and standardized writing examination preparation.
Q: Can I require students to meet with a tutor or come in for extra credit?
A: Generally, we prefer students to come to services voluntarily, but if an instructor would like to require a visit we will try to accommodate requests with ample notice. Some tutoring subjects/programs have limited availability, and we want to ensure that we can serve students within the required timeframe.  Note that students coming in for tutoring are ultimately responsible for securing confirmation of the visit (requesting a tutor signature, etc.).
Q: What types of drop-in tutoring are available?
A: The Math Tutoring Lab, Science Tutoring Lab, and Engineering Tutoring are all drop-in formats. Writing Studio also has some drop-in hours. Refer students to our website for schedules and locations.
Q: In what courses can students receive weekly small-group tutoring?
A: The Learning Center offers tutoring support for challenging lower-division courses across the curriculum and a limited number of upper-division courses. Please visit our General Tutoring Lab page for a detailed list.
Q: What are the requirements to become a tutor?
A: Students must meet these basic qualifications to be hired as tutors:
  1. Currently enrolled at HSU (at least half-time) and in good academic standing.
  2. Grade of B or better in the course(s) they apply to tutor.
  3. HSU faculty recommendation in the department they apply to tutor
  4. Completing all application materials, hiring paperwork, submitting two forms of identification, including a Social Security card, prior to working.
The Writing Studio, Math Tutoring Lab, Supplemental Instruction, and General Lab have additional tutor qualifications.
Q: How do I recommend a tutor for an eligible course?
A: The Learning Center typically hires tutors, writing consultants, and SI leaders in the spring for the upcoming year. Our staff page has information about which staff member to contact for each tutoring program.
Q: What if a student wants individualized tutoring?
A: The General Tutoring Lab tutoring is free and open to all HSU students for approximately 50 courses. Students can make appointments in advance (recommended) or can walk in, subject to availability.
Q: What type of academic skills assistance do you offer?
A: We offer individual help with the following:
  • Note Taking
  • Time Management
  • College Reading & Annotation
  • Test Preparation
  • Test Anxiety
  • Memory
  • Strategies for Studying Science
  • Word Roots
Q: Can I request a workshop for my class?
A: Yes! Faculty may request a classroom study skills workshop. Please make your request three to four weeks in advance to allow us time to contact you, plan, and prepare.