Tutoring: We Can HelpTutoring Services – We can help!

Northland Pioneer College tutoring services provide academic support to help you excel in your coursework while reaching your personal goals.


Tutoring is available in most NPC academic areas and is provided FREE of charge.

It is recommended that you seek a tutor when:

  1. You need help in understanding assignments.
  2. You want assistance in understanding concepts and ideas.
  3. You want to know more about study skills and preparing for tests.
  4. You believe that you are falling behind in the semester.

    Getting Started

    Complete the online Request for a Tutor form, or contact the Coordinator of Tutoring Services, Ruth Creek, at (800)266-7845 ext. 7367 or by email

    Read the Frequently Asked Questions about tutoring

    For assistance with writing papers, contact the Learning Assistant at your local Student Writing Center (SWC)

      If you would like to become an NPC tutor, please read the section on becoming an NPC Tutor

        What Tutoring Labs are Currently Available?

        Tutoring is available at all locations beginning the 2nd week of the semester and
        ends the Friday before finals week.

        Tutoring for Fall 2018 semester starts August 27th, at the below times and locations:




        if asked, password is tutor

        BIO  & CHM 130    10:30-12:30 meeting code    

        807 447 598


        BIO  & CHM 130            8:30 -10:30 meeting code    

        807 447 598

        CCP Read/Writ

        WMC  4 - 7pm  CCP classroom

        CCP Maths &
        MAT 101 - 152  

        WMC    10-11 LC room 101

        Distance 11:30-12:30 CCP classroom all location

        WMC      1-2 pm LC room 101

        WMC    2:30 - 4:30  LC room 108



        WMC    10-11 LC room 101

        Distance 11:30-12:30 CCP classroom all locations

        WMC      1-2 pm LC room 101

        WMC    2:30 - 4:30  LC room 101



        CHM 130
        WMC   8:30 - 12:30 PC room 102  

        WMC   8:30 - 10:30 PC room 102

        WMC  4 - 5:30  PC room 102


          WMC   8:30 - 12:30 PC room 102   WMC   8:30 - 10:30 PC room 102    
        all BIO 100 to 201 
        WMC   8:30 - 12:30 PC room 102  

        WMC   8:30 - 10:30 PC room 102

        WMC   12-2pm  PC room 102

        WMC  2-4 pm  PC room 102

          WMC   8:30 - 12:30 PC room 102  

        WMC   8:30 - 10:30 PC room 102

        BUS courses


              PDC CIS/BUS LAB 1 PM TO 5:30 PM    

        Additional tutoring is also available at campus and centers, depending on tutor availability.


        Frequently Asked Questions

        What do I need to do to obtain tutoring?

        1. Be a currently enrolled NPC student in the course for which you seek tutoring.

        2. Complete the online Request for a Tutor form, or contact the Coordinator of Tutoring Services, Ruth Creek, at 1(800)266-7845 ext. 7367 or by email

          • The Coordinator will contact you within 3 business days to suggest suitable Tutor Labs or to connect you with approved tutors.

        3. Attend scheduled tutoring labs 

        How do I prepare for a tutoring session?

        1. Bring your textbook, class notes, past quizzes or assignments if needed, course syllabus, current homework or workbook problems that you are having difficulty completing.

        2. The tutor can best help you if you have already attempted the assignment and you can specify which concepts are causing you concern, and have specific questions about those concepts.

        3. Do not expect the tutor to work on homework assignments or explain class lectures. Expect the tutor to help with understanding concepts, learning material, and with study techniques to improve learning and test scores.

        4. Each time you receive tutoring, complete all sections of the Sign-In sheets to verify your attendance.

        Am I limited to one tutoring lab or by a certain number of hours I'm allowed to get tutoring?

        No. Students may attend as many tutoring labs as they need.

        • Tutoring Labs do not have a restriction of how many hours of tutoring you can receive per semester.

        • Students do not need permission to attend tutoring labs, and may attend on a 'walk-in' basis.

        • In some extenuating situations, students may request tutoring by appointment; (Contact the Coordinator of Tutoring Services.) however, these sessions are limited

          Will tutoring really help me pass my class(es)?

          Yes. NPC students, who attend tutoring sessions regularly and frequently, receive up to 20% more A, B, or C grades than average.

          Does it really matter how regularly I go to tutoring sessions?

          Yes. Students who study with a tutor (and/or a study group in a tutoring lab) for 1 hour, two or more times each week will gain a better understanding of the concepts and achieve long term learning.

          Bursts of studying, such as "cramming" or receiving tutoring for a solid 3-4 hours in one sitting is a common misconception on how to learn or to pass tests. After a period of time the mind gets tired, it is harder to stay focused on the subject matter, and a person may begin to feel frustrated or overwhelmed by too much information. The person who tries to study all at one time, does not clearly remember the material studied after the mind started to get tired. The more tired the mind, the less clearly material is remembered. Studying for short periods that are spread out over the week, helps keep the content manageable and the mind focused and alert.

            Whom do I contact for additional assistance?
            • Contact the Coordinator of Tutoring Services, Ruth Creek, at (800)266-7845 ext. 7367 or by email

            • Students enrolled in College and Career Preparation (CCP) classes can talk to their instructor or Learning Assistant for more details about tutoring for their specific course(s).

            • If you need accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, to access the benefits of tutoring, please contact
              Disability Resource and Access Coordinator, Sandy Manor, via email or by phone (800) 266-7845, extension 6178.

                If you are interested in becoming an npc tutor:
                • A tutor must have completed the course they want to tutor with an A or B, or have completed more advanced courses in the specific
                  subject area.

                • A tutor must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.

                • An instructor of the specific content area must provide a reference for current students who would like to tutor.

                • Complete the online application form and submit resume and transcripts upon request.

                • Complete an interview with the Tutor Coordinator.

                • Complete a course on Effective Tutoring during the first semester as an NPC tutor.

                For more information contact:

                Ruth Creek
                Coordinator of Tutoring Services
                (800) 266-7845, ext. 7367

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