University Learning Center

Learning Services tutors

Learning Services

Our Mission

Learning Services provides academic support in the form of content tutoring for most of the University Studies courses. This mission translates into a tutoring practice that integrates what to study with how to study, thereby fostering independent learning and the development of academic skills that will transfer to other courses.

  • Free: Tutoring is provided free of charge to any UNCW student currently enrolled in a supported course. No additional eligibility criteria needs to be met.
  • One-On-One: Most Learning Services tutoring sessions are one-one-one with the tutor.
  • Small Group: Small group (2 or 3 students) sessions are sometimes necessary, based on demand. In addition, small group sessions can be requested.
  • Tutors: All Learning Services tutors achieve (or are in the process of achieving) International Tutor Training Certification through the College Reading & Learning Association.
  • Academic Honor Code: The ULC strictly upholds the UNCW academic honor code, and we encourage students to not only assume responsibility for their own learning, but also to take pride in their academic accomplishments.

Supported Courses

Courses: Learning Services tutors are available to assist you with most of the following University Studies courses AND select non-University Studies courses. (Exceptions are also listed below)

University Studies website

University Studies 2015-2016 (core curriculm-PDF)

University Studies 2014-2015 (core curriculum- PDF)

Exceptions: Learning Services strives to support all University Studies courses; however, this is not always possible. The University Studies (US) curriculum includes newly created courses. In addition, the sheer number of US courses means there may be some US courses that Learning Services will not be able to support. To search for available courses/tutors: How to Make your ULC Tutoring Appointment

Further information about UNCW courses/policies: consult the 2015-2016 undergraduate catalogue.

Non-University Studies Courses: Learning Services supports the following non-University Studies courses:

  • ACG 201 Financial Accounting
  • ACG 203 Managerial Accounting
  • MUS 112 Music Theory II
  • PSY 225 Intro to Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
  • SPN 302 Reading Strategies for Spanish
  • SPN 305 Spanish Composition
  • SPN 306 Advanced Spanish Grammar

Recruitment of Tutors: Learning Services strives to meet all student requests for tutoring. However, because the recruitment of tutors can be a lengthy process, the cut-off dates for recruiting new tutors is October 15th (Fall semester) and March 15th (Spring semester). The condensed nature of Summer semesters makes tutor recruitment problematic and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Courses not supported - For requests outside the group of supported courses, it may be possible to disseminate the name and contact information of the requestor via our bulletin board in the ULC office for a possible private tutoring scenario.**

For this request to occur, the requestor must:

  • Download and complete one of the private tutoring request post (PDF) slips
  • Bring this slip to the ULC office (DE 1056) between 8:00am-5:00pm for approval
  • All posts will be removed after 30 days

**This scenario would constitute a private contract. However, the ULC does not get involved in the terms of negotiation for such contracts, nor can private contract tutoring take place in the ULC.

For Tutors: Before committing to be a private tutor, the ULC strong encourages you to:

  • Meet in person (in a public location) with the requestor before agreeing to anything
  • Negotiate hourly rate and method of payment at the first meeting
  • Tutor in a public location if possible (library, café, even a park)

Learning Services Attendance Policy

The ULC Attendance Policy is strictly observed. The Learning Services Coordinator is happy to meet with any student who has questions about this policy or who wants to appeal a removal. The following are consequences for missing Learning Services appointments:

A. Initial Appointment

If a tutee misses the initial appointment THEN any future appointments will be removed from that tutor's schedule by the next day.

  • Tutee is still eligible to make other appointments
  • Tutee is still eligible for Math Lab, Writing Lab, SI sessions

B. Recurring Appointments (The following concerns a tutee who has a recurring appointment with the same tutor)

  • Tutee's 1st missed appointment (but not the initial appointment):
    • No penalty (IF the ULC is contacted before the beginning of the scheduled appointment); however, tutee is sent an email reminding him/her of the ULC cancellation policy and warning tutee that he/she will be removed if he/she misses a 2nd appointment.
  • "No Show": missing an appointment and making no effort to contact the ULC will count as a "No Show" = immediate removal from
    • That specific tutor's schedule
    • That specific subject [i.e. PSY 105]
      • Tutee is still eligible
        • to make appointments
        • for Math Lab, Writing Lab, SI session
  • Tutee's 2nd missed appointment with the same tutor:
    • Tutee is sent an email stating that he/she has been removed from
    • That specific tutor's schedule for the rest of the semester
    • That specific subject [i.e. PSY 105] for the rest of the semester
      • Tutee is still eligible
        • to make appointments in other subjects
        • for Math Lab, Writing Lab, SI sessions
C. All ULC appointments (The following concerns a tutee who has appointments scheduled with multiple ULC tutors)

Tutee's 3rd missed ULC appointment:

  • Tutee is sent an email stating that he/she has been removed from ALL ULC tutoring appointments
  • Tutee is manually removed from ALL appointments for Learning Services, Math Services, and Writing Center for the rest of the semester
    • Tutee is still eligible for Math Lab, Writing Lab, and SI sessions