Tutoring

Asking for help when you need it is one of the smartest things you can do. UB has many services to help students who wish to improve their academic performance. Our tutoring services are free and available in subjects like math, writing, and science. Remember, seeking help doesn’t mean you’re failing! It’s the first step on your path to success.

On-Campus Tutoring Help

Academic Success Centers

As a UB student, you get free unlimited tutoring in our Academic Success Centers, located in three residence hall areas. Tutoring is available in accounting, biology, chemistry, economics, English, math and physics. Individuals, groups, on-campus residents and commuters are encouraged to drop by the centers between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays. No appointment necessary.

  • Blake Academic Success Center
  • 167 Fillmore
  • (Ellicott Complex)
  • Jones Academic Success Center
  • Clinton Hall Basement
  • (Governors Complex)
  • Goodyear Academic Success Center
  • 141 Goodyear Hall
  • (South Campus Halls)

Online Tutoring

Get help without leaving your room! All UB students have access to free, unlimited online tutoring in writing, math, chemistry, accounting and biology. Request a tutor and learn more about these services.

Center for Excellence in Writing

209 Baldy Hall  |  Phone: 716-645-5139

Strengthen your writing skills at the Center for Excellence in Writing. The dedicated staff helps UB writers through individual appointments, online consultations, writing groups, workshops and more. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Mathematics Help Center

107 and 110 Mathematics Building  |  Phone: 716-645-6284

Free, walk-in tutoring is available in the Mathematics Help Center for the following courses:

  • MTH 121
  • MTH 122
  • MTH 131
  • MTH 141
  • MTH 142
  • MTH 241
  • MTH 306
  • MTH 309

If you prefer the assistance of a private tutor, you can access a list in the main department office.

Are You Ready? Students about to start first- and second-year math courses at UB can access a number of online quiz and review programs.

Operation Mother Hen provides beginning calculus students with a collection of video lectures for MTH 141 and MTH 142.

University Learning Center

211 Baldy Hall  |  Phone: 716-645-2394

Visit the Thomas J. Edwards Learning Center to get free tutoring through The Math Place. Walk-in tutoring is available for the following subjects:

  • ULC 147
  • ULC 148
  • MTH 121
  • MTH 122
  • MTH 131
  • MTH 141
  • MTH 142

Department of Chemistry

359 Natural Sciences Complex  |  Phone: 716-645-6800

You don’t have to be a chemistry major to get tutoring through UB’s Department of Chemistry! Help is available for students taking the introductory Chemistry courses in the following ways:

  • General Chemistry Help Center: Natural Sciences Complex 110, confirm the center hours by visiting the Chemistry department or by calling 716-645-6800.
  • Other Chemistry Course Help and Tutoring: See individual syllabi for a list of Faculty and TA office hours
  • Student affiliates of the American Chemical Society (all levels of Chemistry courses): for a schedule contact chemug@buffalo.edu
  • For help with seeking paid tutors: contact chemug@buffalo.edu

Any other questions contact the Chemistry department at 645-6800 or ubchem@buffalo.edu.

Specialized Services

Additional Online Resources

Many students love the Khan Academy, a destination for online exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning dashboards.

Here are other ways to get help.

  • Ask your instructor for help.
  • Ask your teaching assistant (TA) for help.
  • Ask your instructor about being paired with successful students in the course.
  • Ask the department for contacts in the major who may be able to help.
  • Post flyers around campus letting others know that you’re seeking tutoring assistance.
  • Form a study group.
  • Hire a paid tutor. It will be a worthwhile investment!

Tutoring DOs

  • Come to each tutoring session with specific goals in mind along with questions and concerns about your course material.
  • Come prepared and bring all course related materials.
  • Arrive on time and ready to work at each tutoring session.
  • Schedule the next tutoring appointments at the end of your session.

Tutoring DON’Ts

  • Expect the tutor to do your homework for you.
  • Think the tutor will cram with you for several hours before an exam.
  • Assume that the tutor will remind you about upcoming assignments and appointments.
  • Expect to get an individual tutoring appointment at the last minute. Plan ahead!

Last updated: January 18, 2017 11:14 am EST

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