We recognize that TRIO Peer Tutoring is crucial to the success of many TRIO students. Through virtual tutoring, it is our hope that students will continue to build personal relationships with peers who are specifically concerned about their development as learners in this virtual academic community. 

One-on-One Peer Tutoring
Course-Specific Peer Tutoring is available for up to two (2) courses per semester and will be held virtually at the same time and day each week throughout the Fall 2020 semester. If your availability does not align with a current Peer Tutor or we do not have a Peer Tutor in the course area you request, you will be placed on a waiting list. Although there are no guarantees, we will try to make every effort to locate a Peer Tutor to get you matched for the semester.

Online TRIO Tutoring begins Monday, August 31, 2020. Peer Tutors will email students and provide a custom Zoom URL with a 10-digit meeting ID (https://kansas.zoom.us/j/10-digit). This is the link that should be used each to initiate each online tutoring session. TRIO students will continue to receive reminders through Jayhawk GPS approximately 12-hours prior to the tutoring appointment.

Writing Tutoring By Appointment
The TRIO Writing Tutors can help any TRIO SES & STEM student with any type of undergraduate writing assignment. TRIO students are expected to email one of the Writing Tutors at least 24 hours in advance with a brief description of the type of help needed and available times for a virtual meeting.

Writing Tutors - Gloria Gantt (gloria.gantt@ku.edu), Hunter Smith (huntersmith@ku.edu), and Jessa Case (jessacase@ku.edu)


Math Tutoring By Appointment
The TRIO Math Tutors can help any TRIO SES & STEM students with math by appointment. TRIO students are expected to email one of the Math Tutors at least 24 hours in advance with the name of the math course, a brief description of the type of help needed, and available times for a virtual meeting.

Math Tutors - Alyssa Salas (alyssa14@ku.edu), Karina Kantilal (karinakantilal@ku.edu), and Laurel Godderz (lgodderz@ku.edu)


Please let Michelle D. Wilson, KU TRIO Academic Coordinator, know if you have any questions or concerns.

To receive tutoring, where do I begin?

Peer tutoring begins with your TRIO Student Success Specialist (SSS), who will then schedule a meeting for you with the TRIO Academic Coordinator (AC). The AC is responsible for matching you with a tutor(s).

Who provides tutoring services?

We have assembled a highly qualified and talented group of your peers to assist you with your class. Our tutors are not only well-versed in the subject area they tutor, but also are knowledgeable about test preparation, learning difficulties, study habits, and time management.

What are my responsibilities as a student?

It is your responsibility to attend all sessions prepared and on time. If you miss sessions your tutoring may be canceled.

  • Both excused and unexcused absences are considered an absence.
  • Sessions are a minimum of 50 minutes on the same day and time each week.
  • Rescheduling sessions are to be kept at a minimum and are contingent on the tutor’s availability

What is a peer tutor?

A peer tutor meets with participants weekly. Because of this consistent contact, a peer tutor often becomes an important person in participants’ lives. Therefore, it is mandatory that a peer tutor be professional and cognizant of the roles that they play. A successful peer tutor is a helper, a role-model, and a TRIO SES & STEM representative.

Will TRIO have a peer tutor for my course/s?

We cannot guarantee that a tutor will be found for all tutoring requests, especially junior-senior level courses or for students with limited time availability. We encourage TRIO students to meet with faculty/instructors during office hours and utilize campus resources such as course help rooms and supplemental instruction/ group tutoring provided by the University Academic Support Centers.

What makes tutoring effective?

  1. Tutoring and mentoring establish positive bonds that students can draw from when interacting with fellow students, with university faculty and staff, and with future employers.
  2. Collaborative relationships focus on how a student functions as a student, both socially and academically. Students and their tutors and mentors work together toward specific, measurable goals with a shared commitment.
  3. Peer tutoring outside of our Math Tutoring and Writing Tutoring by Appointment Services are one-on-one relationships. Often other teaching/learning formats are ineffective because group settings include numerous distractions and may not address the individual difference in learning styles.

What is the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC)?

ITTPC provides professionals with the opportunity to create, improve, and expand tutor and mentor training for a campus’ unique programs. CRLA-certified programs demonstrate high standards:

  • Certification provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ and mentors’ successful work
  • Certification sets professional standards of skill and training for tutors and mentors
  • Certification augments program credibility for administrators and institutions

What CRLA levels can tutors receive?

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3


KU Tutor Training Partners

Michelle Wilson
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
TRIO SES & STEM Academic Coordinator