Center for Academic Success

Tutoring

The Tutoring Center will re-open on Monday, February 1 for the spring semester. Individual tutoring will be available in the Tutoring Center for in-person appointments (for most subjects) and virtually. Virtual Group and Test Reviews will also be available this semester. Drop-In tutoring will not be available this semester. Please complete the Tutoring Orientation module under the Tutoring Orientation section below to get connected with a tutor.

Tutoring Center Hours
Beginning Monday, February 1
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location
Christopher Newport Hall, Suite 124

Face coverings are required in the Tutoring Center at all times. To access the center after 6pm, enter the building through the left courtyard entrance and swipe your CNU ID.

If you are struggling in a course, help is available.

Students are encouraged to meet with their professor for additional support outside of class. Office Hours are available for students to drop-in or schedule an appointment to meet with their instructor for extra help. If you need additional support after meeting with your professor, tutoring services may be available for your course in the Tutoring Center.

We offer free tutoring for many 100, 200 and select 300-level courses in a wide variety of subject areas. Our goal is to provide quality peer tutoring for undergraduates that promotes academic success by guiding students to become responsible, independent learners.

We focus on helping you understand the core concepts in your course(s) and on helping you learn academic skills and strategies to be successful. Tutors work closely with you to apply the concepts you are learning in class and to build a strong foundation in the material.

Tutoring is not just for students who are struggling academically. Any student interested in improving their understanding of material in a course is welcome and encouraged to use tutoring. All students requesting individual tutoring must complete the online tutoring orientation module each academic year in order to be eligible for tutoring.

Types of Tutoring

Individual Tutoring (50-minute sessions once per week)

Group and Test Reviews (Tutor-led small or large group review sessions)

Additional Strategies for Success

  • Find a study partner in your class — two heads are better than one.
  • Work with your instructor during his/her office hours.
  • Put together a study group of three or four classmates - teamwork can often give you several strategies to conquering the same problem. Start by looking in CNU CLASSifieds on CNU Live to see if there is already an existing group for your subject.
  • Meet with a CAS staff member or university fellow for additional help with academic success strategies. Call (757) 594-7684 to make an appointment.

The 2020-2021 Tutoring Orientation will be available on Monday, August 24th.

All students requesting individual tutoring must complete the online tutoring orientation module each academic year in order to be eligible for tutoring. If you complete the orientation during the fall semester you do not need to resubmit it until the following academic year.

The orientation module is designed to help you understand what to expect from your tutoring appointments and what we expect of you. It will walk you through the process of requesting an initial tutoring appointment and additional tutoring sessions. You will learn how to prepare for your tutoring appointment and what to bring with you.

The Tutoring Center reopens each semester during the third week of classes. The center closes on the last day of classes each semester. Tutoring is not available during exam weeks, breaks or over the summer.

Click the link below to sign-in for Virtual or In-Center tutoring appointments and Group Review sessions.

The Tutoring Center will reopen Monday, September 14th for the fall semester.

Individual Tutoring Appointments are available in a wide variety of subject areas for any student who wants to improve their understanding of the course content and learn strategies to help them be successful. Students man sign up for up to one 50-minute session per week upon completion of the tutoring orientation module. All students are encouraged to meet with the same tutor, consistently each week, for at least four weeks to get the most from tutoring.

Please note: Tutors may not help with completion / accuracy of graded assignments, however they will help you work through practice problems or concepts you are struggling with. Individual tutoring is not available during exam weeks or during breaks.

How to Connect with a Tutor

  1. Complete the 2020-2021 Tutoring Orientation module (must be completed once per academic year)
  2. Click on the List of Available Subjects below for subjects offered and instructions on how to sign-up
  3. Submit a Tutor Request form or use the appropriate subject's calendar link to schedule an appointment (be sure to note whether the appointment is virtual or in-center)

Cancellations and No-Show Policy

If you cannot attend a scheduled appointment, be sure to cancel your appointment on the tutoring subject Google calendar by 9 p.m. the night before your scheduled appointment time and contact your tutor. You may reschedule your appointment by choosing a new appointment slot (for subjects with appointment calendars), contacting your tutor directly (for subjects requiring a tutor request form), or by calling the Tutoring Center at (757) 594-7684.

A no-show occurs when you have a scheduled appointment and does not report to the Center for Academic Success without canceling the appointment as above. Students who are more than 10 minutes late for their scheduled appointment or who cancel their appointment after 9 p.m. the night before the scheduled appointment time will be counted as a no-show. If you have two no-shows (or repeatedly cancel appointments) you will be automatically restricted from making tutoring appointments for the remainder of the semester.

Drop-In Tutoring will not be available during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Check the Individual Tutoring section for information on scheduling tutoring appointments.

Virtual Group and Test Reviews are available for select courses during the 2020-2021 academic year. Reviews are a great supplement to individual tutoring appointments or additional means of preparing for tests. During the review you will have opportunities to ask questions and hear responses to questions from other students that you may not have thought to ask. Additionally, review leaders will be able to guide you in preparing for upcoming tests. Be sure to check out all of the available group reviews offered through CAS.

To view this semester's group and test review subjects and schedules, go to the Group and Test Review Subjects and/or Group and Test Review Calendar links below. Schedules will be available beginning the third week of classes. Group and test reviews are not available during exam weeks, breaks and over the summer.

CNU CLASSifieds - A new format for CNU CLASSifieds is Under construction. More information coming soon!

Join an existing group or set up a new group for your class or subject. CNU CLASSifieds help you connect with other students to study in a small or large group environment. Groups are set up and run by other students and are not affiliated with the Center for Academic Success, nor are they facilitated by CAS staff members or tutors unless specifically designated in CNU CLASSifieds as one of the below group review sessions. Access CNU CLASSifieds via CNU Live, under Student Services and Financial Aid.

If you set up a new group we encourage you to mention to your professor and other students in your class that a group has been created and encourage them to log on to CNU CLASSifieds. Word of mouth will be important in promoting new groups. If you have questions about CNU CLASSifieds please call (757) 594-7684 or email academicsuccess@cnu.edu.

Additional Strategies for Success

  • Find a study partner in your class - two heads are better than one.
  • Work with your instructor during his/her office hours.
  • Put together a study group of three or four classmates - teamwork can often give you several strategies to conquering the same problem. Start by looking in CNU CLASSifieds on CNU Live to see if there is already an existing group for your subject.
  • Meet with a CAS staff member or University Fellow for additional help with academic success strategies. Call (757) 594-7684 to make an appointment.

The Tutoring Center is Level One, Stage 1 and 2 certified by the College Reading and Learning Association's (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification.

The purpose of this certification is twofold:

  • Provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors' successful work from an international organization
  • Sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors

The CRLA international certification has been in existence since 1989 and has been endorsed by a number of national associations, including:

  • Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations
  • National Association for Developmental Education
  • Commission XVI of the American College Personnel Association
  • Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance
  • Association for the Tutoring Profession
  • National College Learning Center Association
  • National Center for Developmental Education

Certified Tutors participate in over 10 hours of training and complete a minimum of 25 hours of direct tutoring with students.

Stages of Certification

CRLA Certified
Tutor has completed four hours of online training, 6+ hours of live training and 25+ hours of direct tutoring with students.

CRLA Trained
Tutor has completed four hours of online training, 6+ hours of live training and is working toward 25 hours of direct tutoring with students.

Training in Progress
All tutors meet stringent hiring requirements, including a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, As and Bs in all courses within their subject area, a faculty recommendation and successful interview.

Tutors designated as "Training in Progress" are highly capable students and tutors who have been hired mid-year to fulfill unexpected vacancies. They have completed four hours of online training and modified live training, but have not yet completed the full CRLA training program.

2020-21 Tutoring Staff

Maddie Johnson

Madison Johnson

Tutoring Student Assistant

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CRLA trained

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Lead Tutors

Abbie Khuu

Abigael Khuu

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Psychology
  • Communication

CRLA certified

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Andrew Sheehan

Andrew Sheehan

Business and PCSE

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  • Accounting
  • Economics

CRLA certified

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Caroline Ernst

Caroline Ernst

Foreign Language

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  • Italian

CRLA certified

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Katrina Letter

Katrina Letter

Math

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  • Statistics

CRLA certified

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Kayla Kamper

Kayla Kamper

Science

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  • Organic chemistry

CRLA certified

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Tutoring Staff

Abby Seather

Abby Seather

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Philosophy

CRLA certified

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Adelyn Noble

Adelyn Noble

Math

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  • Calculus
  • Math

CRLA certified

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Adrianna DeSantis

Adrianna DeSantis

Science

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  • Organic chemistry

CRLA certified

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Amanda Lovelace

Amanda Lovelace

Science

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  • Biology

CRLA certified

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Ariana Asefi

Ariana Asefi

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Political science

CRLA training in progress

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Arianna Santana

Arianna Santana

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Psychology

CRLA certified

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Benjamin Mitchell

Benjamin Mitchell

Math

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  • Calculus

CRLA training in progress

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Blake Doeren

Blake Doeren

Math

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  • Calculus
  • Math

CRLA certified

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Carly Smittle

Carly Smittle

Foreign Languages

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  • Spanish

CRLA training in progress

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Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis

Foreign Languages

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  • French

CRLA training complete

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Dani Graber

Dani Graber

PCSE

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  • CPSC
  • CPEN

CRLA training in progress

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Elizabeth Kellum

Elizabeth Kellum

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • American studies
  • History

CRLA training in progress

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Emily Ransone

Emily Ransone

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Art history

CRLA training in progress

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Emma Sturgeon

Emma Sturgeon

Foreign Languages

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  • Spanish

CRLA certified

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Gabriel Gravini

Gabriel Gravini

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Music

CRLA training in progress

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Georgia Bransford

Georgia Bransford

Math, Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Statistics
  • Social Work

CRLA certified

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Holly Foster

Holly Foster

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Economics

CRLA certified

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Jessica Haravay

Jessica Haravay

Math

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  • Calculus
  • Math

CRLA certified

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Jonah Peters

Jonah Peters

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Art history

CRLA training in progress

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Jonelle Brown

Jonelle Brown

Foreign Languages

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  • Spanish

CRLA certified

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Kat Stanton

Kat Stanton

Math

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  • Math

CRLA certified

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Kim Beasley

Kim Beasley

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Philosophy

CRLA certified

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Kiya Opstrup

Kiya Opstrup

Foreign Languages

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  • French

CRLA training in progress

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Lauren Burkholder

Lauren Burkholder

Foreign Languages

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  • Spanish

CRLA trained

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Liam Rowell

Liam Rowell

Math

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  • Calculus

CRLA training in progress

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Luna Karam

Luna Karam

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Economics

CRLA certified

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Lydia Shearin

Lydia Shearin

Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Classical studies
  • Greek
  • Latin

CRLA certified

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Michelle Legan

Michelle Legan

Foreign Languages

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  • German

CRLA certified

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Molly Goldberg

Molly Goldberg

Math

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  • Statistics

CRLA certified

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Ryan Saal

Ryan Saal

PCSE, Science

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  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics

CRLA certified

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Sara Currin

Sara Currin

Science

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  • Biology
  • Chemistry

CRLA certified

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Scott Reid

Scott Reid

PCSE, Science

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  • Physics

CRLA certified

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Shea Polcharcyk

Shea Polcharcyk

Math

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  • Math

CRLA certified

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Susannah Garber

Susannah Garber

Science

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  • Biology
  • Chemistry

CRLA certified

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William Stockhausen

William Stockhausen

Business

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  • Accounting

CRLA certified

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