UMSL Alumni MSS Tutors Program

UMSL's Office of Multicultural Student Services creates a strong inclusive community amongst students, faculty, and staff that personifies respect, accountability and acceptance, while supporting and empowering students to achieve degree completion. MSS provides comprehensive support services to meet the unique needs of a diverse student population that will:

  • foster a sense of belonging and academic achievement
  • promote student accountability, self-development and goal setting
  • provide networking opportunities with the internal and external campus community
  • facilitate cultural awareness/diversity activities for the campus community.

The goals of the Multicultural Student Services include:

  • impacting student learning and development
  • promoting student engagement
  • facilitating persistence
  • cultivating student success
  • creating cultural awareness and acceptance

The MSS Tutoring Program

Multicultural Student Services offers a wide array of services to students - one component is the tutoring program. The department provides individual and group tutoring to enrolled UMSL students to promote persistence that will lead to degree attainment. The purpose of the tutoring program is to support students who seek additional support to successfully complete course assignments and/or exams proficiently. In addition, comprehensive academic coaching is available to provide additional support. Overall, the goal of the tutoring program is to assist students with successfully completing a course as well as obtaining higher scores in specific subject matters.

Tutors are needed from a wide array of academic disciplines representing various majors on campus:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
The Multicultural Student Services tutoring component provides free tutoring services to all students who express interest in receiving comprehensive academic support services. Each student is provided up to five hours of tutoring a week for each course requested.

Tutor Training At the beginning of each semester, all tutors undergo a comprehensive tutor training session highlighting various study skills techniques (time-management, memory skills, note-taking skills) as well as learning  personality style assessments which focus on developing strategies to be utilized during conducted tutoring sessions.

Critical Need for Tutors

Due to the increasing demand for tutoring services through Multicultural Student Services, one of the biggest challenges faced by the department is inconsistency to retain student tutors due to graduation or internships. This impacts the amount of student tutors who have taken upper level courses for which tutoring has been requested. This often times results in delayed placement for the subsequent semester.

To apply for the volunteer UMSL Alumni Tutors program, please complete the on-line application.

Spring 2017 Tutor Requests

The following list represents courses that had the highest demands for tutors. 

Anthropology: Sex and Gender - Anthro 1041
Environmental Biology - Bio 1202
Nutrition and Health - Nurse 2103
Communication in Nursing - Nurse 2105
Nursing and Health - Nurse 3101
Assessment of Client Health II - Nurse 3106
Pathophysiology Bases - Nurse 3110
Pharmacotherapeutics - Nurse 3111
American Culture: Minority Mental Health - Psych 2285
Health Psychology - Psych 3500
Cross Cultural Psychology - Psych 3820
Spanish Language and Culture - Span 1001

Tutoring Makes A Difference

Anticipated outcomes of students utilizing tutoring services include:

  • noticeable difference in attitude toward academics
  • increased time-management skills
  • higher grades in classes in which tutoring was requested
  • passing grades in classes in which tutoring was provided
  • increased retention rates as a result of receiving academic assistance.

To apply for the volunteer UMSL Alumni Tutors program, please complete the on-line application.