Learning Commons

About Tutoring at USM

Please feel free to drop by The Learning Commons in Portland or Gorham, or the Writing Center at Lewiston-Auburn College. If there is a tutor available, he or she will be happy to work with you. It is always best, though, to plan ahead and schedule an appointment in advance.This is especially true toward the end of the semester.

If you are familiar with how to schedule an appointment, click HERE to begin. If you are not sure how to use the scheduling system, or if you would like to see how to request an online tutoring session, please see below.

Through partnerships with academic departments at USM, we are able to offer tutoring in multiple subject areas at the Learning Commons. We are a peer support service, meaning that all of our tutors are current USM students.

Students are allowed two appointments per week per subject area. For example, a student can schedule two writing appointments as well as two math appointments. There are also some drop-in groups, which do not count towards the two appointments in that subject.

Appointments are available in Gorham, Portland, LAC, and online.

Here are some tips for using the scheduling system:

  • Go up to the "click HERE to begin" above.
  • You will be prompted to enter your MaineStreet login information to access the scheduling system.
  • Scroll down to the general subject group you are seeking, and then choose the specific subject from the drop-down menu.  (For example, you can go to Mathematics, and select College Algebra from the list.  Another example would be going to Sciences, and selecting Chemistry 115.)
  • It can be helpful to then select the week instead of the day so that you can see all of the available appointments in a glance.

To request an online appointment, follow the same steps as above, but in the NOTE of the appointment, indicate that you'd like to meet online.  The tutor will then send you a Google Calendar invitation, and at the time of the appointment you will click on the link in Google Calendar to enter the private Google Hangout video chat room.

To learn more about the team and meet the tutors, please click here.