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*Welcome to the Learning Commons!: Peer Tutoring and PALS

Peer Tutors / PALS

Kris bitmoji

Learning Commons Manager + PALS Coordinator

About Peer Tutors

While there's no substitute for attending class, completing your assignments, and asking your instructors for help when you need it, there may be times when it feels like you need more personalized support to help you succeed. If that sounds like you, think about working with a Peer Tutor. 

In addition to Specialists and Tutors who help specifically with writing and with math, we also have a whole staff of peer tutors who can help you with any class or subject! 

Want to request a Peer Tutor?

Please complete the peer tutor request form and Kris, our Peer Tutor Coordinator, will reply and get you connected with the right tutor. 

Would you like to be a Peer Tutor? 

We are always looking for tutors to help out other students, so if you earned an A or A/B in the course and are interested in working as a tutor, please contact the

About PALS

Are you looking for some one-to-one support that is tailored to your goals and needs? PALS may be just right for you! 

PALS (Personalized Applied Learning Strategies)

PALS is free, 1-1 or small group academic support that is personalized according to students' goals, strengths, courses, and needs. Students and instructors work together regularly throughout the term on course work for their classes. Students from any program or skill level are welcome to participate. 

PALS can also help students get back into good standing with their program or with financial aid. Please contact the or your Academic Advisor for more information. 

Please click HERE for a video explanation of PALS. 

Basic goals for PALS by the end of the term:

icon stating 4 goals: improved grades, improved self-advocacy, resource awareness, passed course/remains on path



About NetTutor

Additional online tutoring is available through NetTutor!

While we have great Western tutors available to help you, you can also initiate a tutor connection through your Blackboard course. All of the tutoring options are FREE to students.

To access the NetTutor resource from any Blackboard course: 

  1. Click on the Tools tab, and then the NetTutor link (pictured below). 

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  1. Select the course or subject in which you need a tutor.

Net Tutor Online Tutoring

  1. Follow the prompts and options for the course you selected. 

This resource is a great supplement for the content areas that have fewer Western tutors, and you can initiate it as you need.

NetTutor may be particularly helpful for the following content areas: Economics, Psychology, Business, Chemistry, History, Sociology, A & P, Nursing, Philosophy, Government, Biology and more!

Net Tutor is compatible with PC, Mac, or tablet. Hours of availability vary by course. 

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