Tutoring Services

Downers Grove, IL campus


Midwestern University offers student peer-to-peer tutoring services through the Office of Student Services. Tutoring is available during all academic years and is designed to help enhance test-taking skills, modify study habits, and/or focus on critical material and content. The peer-to-peer tutoring services that are provided must never take the place of class attendance, face-to-face meetings with faculty/course directors, or meetings with peer study groups. As part of the tutoring approval process, students who request tutoring services must regularly attend classes and meet with faculty prior to being approved for tutoring. Students who are approved to receive tutoring must come prepared to all tutoring sessions, i.e., coming to sessions prepared with specific questions, attend all sessions scheduled with the tutor, and be an active participant during the tutoring sessions. Tutoring sessions are not meant to be reiterations of the lectures, but are interactive sessions on material with which the tutee is struggling.

A student can request tutoring services through a faculty member, a representative from the appropriate dean’s office, or by visiting the Office of Student Services. A student must obtain from and submit a tutoring request form to the Office of Student Services. In order for tutoring to be approved, the Office of Student Services needs to have the approval from the appropriate course director or designated representative of the academic dean’s office, based on the student’s academic needs. Any student who is in academic difficulty in a course will be given priority in the program.

Academic difficulty is defined by the college, however, students typically need to be failing or near failing in order to be approved for tutoring. In CHS only, students who fail to achieve the required grade point average may also request tutoring assistance. Students participating in the program must understand that priority is given to students in academic difficulty. Students may not be eligible or may lose eligibility to receive a tutor if their test scores improve, in order to accommodate other students that are in more serious academic difficulty, or if the student fails to meet the requirement of attending lecture, laboratory and workshop sessions. Students requesting a tutor must be registered in the Office of Student Services in order to benefit from tutoring services.

Tutor Request Form
Tutor Request Form – CHS only
Guidelines for Working with Tutors
Guidelines for Working with Tutors - CHS

Learning Specialist Services
Counseling Services

Apply to Become a Tutor

All requests to become a tutor must be approved and must originate in the Office of Student Services. The Office of Student Services will then obtain the appropriate college administrative approval for that student. Students must be able to communicate effectively, have mastered the course material, and be in good academic and professional standing. Tutors receive an hourly honorarium for their services. Student tutors must have registered in the Office of Student Services in advance of services in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

Tutor Application (to become a tutor)
Tutor Application - CHS
Tutor Guidelines
Tutor Guidelines - CHS
Tutor Timesheet