Get Tutoring

Tutoring and learning support services are available to all UW–Madison students to help you succeed in your courses and develop study skills and strategies. Connecting with one of over 15 learning centers at UW–Madison is a great place to start! You can find a tutor, engage in study groups with peers, access immediate assistance through drop-in tutoring, and participate in exam review sessions. 

Click here to see a list of all our learning centers or use the filters below to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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Who is tutoring for?

Everyone! Academic tutoring is available and free for all UW–Madison students. Even tutors seek tutoring – over 80% of tutors at UW have had a tutor!

Seeking tutoring support early and often is important, whether you have a good handle on course information or if you are still struggling to understand it. 

How do I get started?

If you are looking for the right place to seek tutoring support, first consider these questions:

Have you declared a major and are in a school/college? Or are you still exploring?

Your school or college may have a specific learning center which can be a great place to start. If you’re looking for tutoring in multiple subjects or the subject you’re looking for isn’t offered by your school or college, reaching out to the Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS) is a good starting place. 

Does your professor or TA provide tutor matching for your class?

Some instructors have tutoring opportunities built into their course. For these types of courses, asking your instructor is the easiest place to start.  

How often do you want to meet with a tutor? 

Small group tutoring and peer study groups usually meet 1 – 2 times per week. Students can use drop in tutoring and help desks as frequently as they need. 

Would it be helpful to meet with peers in a study group?

Answering this question can help you decide if you are looking for small group tutoring (primarily led by a tutor) or a peer study group. 

Are you part of a scholarship program that provides tutor matching?

Most scholarship programs provide specific tutoring services to students in their program. Asking staff in your program is a great place to start. 

Knowing the answers to these questions can help you decide which learning center may be the best place to start. You are welcome to reach out to one or more learning centers for information about their services and they’ll help you get you the support you’re looking for!

How long will I wait to get tutoring after I reach out?

Some classes/subjects have waitlists for small group tutoring. Reaching out early (before or at the start of the semester) will increase your chance of getting assigned to a tutor quickly. Don’t wait until you are feeling behind to get tutoring help!

For some subjects, you will need to go through an application process to access tutoring which will take additional time. For immediate assistance, you can access drop-in tutoring for many courses and subjects.

How can I prepare for tutoring?

Learning Centers across campus offer a variety of ways to seek tutoring including drop-ins, small groups, peer mentoring, and academic coaching. 

At many Learning Centers you can expect to work with tutors who are your peers. They are undergraduate students who have received an A or AB in the course they are tutoring. 

Tutors will often start by asking “what questions do you have?” or “what would you like to focus on during our time today?” Before meeting with a tutor, plan to review your notes from lectures/labs/discussions and any readings or assignments you would like to discuss. Sharing these materials with your tutor is also very helpful – some tutors are directly connected with your professor/TA and others are not. 

Outside of drop-in tutoring, almost all tutoring takes place in small groups. Listening to the questions and concerns your peers bring up can also help you gain a better understanding of course material.

All UW-Madison Learning Centers

  • Academic Coaching to Thrive & Succeed: The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is comprised of CeO, PEOPLE, First Wave, Posse, Pathways, Chancellor’s and Powers Knapp Scholars. This learning center serves students in DDEEA.
  • Athletics Learning Center: Provides student-athletes with individual academic support.
  • Business Badger Study Cooperative: Provides an inclusive and collaborative learning environment for students who are looking for support and practice with the mathematical tools and methods used in the core business courses.
  • Center for Academic Excellence (L&S): Provides support services to first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students of color in the College of Letters and Science.
  • Chemistry Learning Center: Provides small-group, collaborative, learning environments for students enrolled in general and organic chemistry courses. Application process required.
  • Computer Science Learning Center: Provides small-group tutoring for students in introductory computer science courses. Students can get help from peer tutors, but are also welcome to use the space as an open and comfortable study environment.
  • Greater University Tutoring Service: Registered Student Organization dedicated to connecting UW students with tutors for assistance with all academic courses, study skills, and language learning. Provides drop-in, small group, and 1:1 tutoring. 
  • Math Learning Center: Provides help in mathematics and offers many different types of support, including drop in tutoring, small group tutoring, and peer mentoring.
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center – Study Skills: Provides 1:1 appointments for students registered with the McBurney Disability Resource Center to discuss ways to study more effectively.  
  • Nursing Learning Center: Assists nursing and pre-nursing students in weekly small group study sessions. These sessions focus on providing academic assistance in the required nursing science courses and are led by graduate students.
  • Physics Learning Center: Provides a supportive learning community for studying physics and opportunities to find study partners. Students work together in small-group learning team sessions to practice problem solving and discuss key concepts.
  • Statistics Learning Center: Serves students enrolled in STAT 240, 301, 324 & 371 who need help on homework or understanding concepts.
  • Undergraduate Learning Center (Engineering): Provides tutoring and academic support programs for undergraduates studying engineering through drop-in tutoring, supplemental instruction, group study tables, group workshops on special topics, and limited one-on-one tutoring.
  • University Housing: Provides chemistry, math, and writing tutoring in a variety of residence halls.
  • Writing Center: Supports students working on all types of writing projects through appointments, workshops, writing mentorships, and writing groups.