USCA's Center for Student Achievement wants students to excel academically. We offer free academic support services for enrolled USCA students. Please look at the sections below to find a tutoring service that best fits your needs.
Please visit the Writing Center website for information about the Writing Center, maintained by the English Department.
Please visit the Math Lab website for information about the Math Lab, maintained by the Math Department.
Free Peer Tutoring
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. Just find a tutor from the list below, check his/her schedule on the calendar, and then stop by the Learning Commons area for tutoring. Tutors in the area will have badges identifying them as USCA tutors. If you can’t find your tutor, feel free to check with the front desk.
Drop-in tutoring is a great way to get quick answers to questions about course material. Of course, we recommend you visit your professors during their office hours for additional support. Even if you don't need tutoring, feel free to come study in the area. Keep in mind that tutors are available to help you gain a better understanding of your course material. However, tutors will not do your work for you. When you come to a tutoring session, bring your syllabus, textbooks, and any notes or other materials that will help make your tutoring session a productive one!
Please look at the list of tutors and their subjects below, 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 monthly. Please check the calendar before going to tutoring. If a tutor misses a regular time due to illness, doctor appointments, etc., 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. Although we actively recruit tutors for courses, finding students who can help with every course each semester isn't always possible. Many tutors are upper-level students who graduate after a semester or two of tutoring. Therefore, the availability of tutors who can help with different courses may vary from semester to semester. If a peer tutor is unavailable for your course, try using Brainfuse, our online tutoring option that lets you meet virtually with a professional tutor (scroll down for more information).
Current Subjects Available
BIOLOGY 243, 244, 250, and EDPY330
GERMAN 101, 102
FRENCH 101, 102, and 210
Free Online Subject Tutoring with Brainfuse
During the summer 2021 sessions, subject tutoring is online through Brainfuse. Please see the information below for more information about how to access Brainfuse.
Brainfuse offers students access to live, online tutoring. Each student enrolled in a USCA course receives six free hours of tutoring with a Brainfuse tutor. Papers submitted to the Online Writing Lab count as 40 minutes each.
Tutors are available in many subjects, including math, biology, chemistry, accounting, Spanish, and more! If you submit a paper to the online Writing Lab, you will receive feedback, usually within 24 hours, about how to improve your writing.
Check out the current USCA Brainfuse schedule!
To access Brainfuse, log on to Blackboard, click on any of your current USCA courses, and then choose “Tools” and “Brainfuse.” You will be redirected to the Brainfuse website. You can access live tutors or the Writing Lab from the top of the page. You can also explore other Brainfuse services that don’t count against your six-hour limit, including creating flashcards, testing yourself in different subject areas, or scheduling online meetings with your classmates (a great way to collaborate on group projects or form online study groups).
Click “Language Lab” on the Brainfuse main page for live Spanish tutoring. Then, choose “Spanish” and “Get Live Help.” You can also click “Vocabulary Builder” for free Spanish, French, and German resources.
If you have any questions, please call the Coordinator of Academic Coaching, Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction at 803-641-3297.
The chemistry faculty will be holding their office hours on the first-floor library in the CSA Learning Commons! You will have the opportunity to meet and seek guidance from the chemistry professors right in the heart of the university.
If you need assistance understanding complex concepts or simply want to chat about the wonders of chemistry, the CSA is your go-to spot. This collaboration between the faculty and the library aims to create a warm and supportive environment where you can comfortably engage with your professors.
Make the most of this opportunity to interact with our dedicated chemistry faculty during their office hours in the library. Remember, they are here to help you succeed and thrive in your studies. Don't hesitate to swing by, say hello, and make the most of their expertise.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – Noon
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Apply to Be a Tutor
If you are a current USCA student who would like to work as an academic peer tutor, please complete the application.
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please call the Coordinator of Academic Coaching, Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction at 803-641-3297.
If you are not a USCA student, please see Private Tutoring below for more information on tutoring opportunities.
To work as an academic peer tutor, you must be a USCA student, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, have an A or B in the classes you would like to tutor, and we must receive two faculty recommendations for you. If a position is available, we will contact the faculty members listed on your application for their recommendations. There is no need for you to contact faculty for reference letters.
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. Therefore, the courses/subjects you feel you could provide tutoring may not necessarily be courses for which we need support.
Courses/Subjects for which we often need additional support include:
- Sciences (biology, especially BIOL 121 & 122; anatomy & physiology; chemistry, especially 111 & 112; physics, etc.)
- Business courses (accounting, finance, economics)
- Languages (Spanish, French, & German)
How much do tutoring services cost?
All USCA tutoring services are completely free to currently enrolled USC Aiken students. However, you can find a private tutor who may or may not charge.
I need help with a course, but there are no drop-in tutoring times available for that course. What can I do?
If you need help with a course not listed under our drop-in tutoring section, contact the Academic Coaching and Tutoring Coordinator at 803-641-3297.
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 you speak with your instructor and academic advisor about any concerns. You can also make an appointment for an academic consultation with a professional staff member from the Center for Student Achievement.