Welcome to the Subject Tutoring Program

Online Tutoring-Spring 21


The Subject Tutoring Program offers online one-one and drop-in peer tutoring in many 100- and 200-level courses in the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts, and in the School for the Environment. 
The FAQs below provide students with information and guidelines for signing up, requesting and scheduling tutoring. 

Identifying Tutoring Formats and Scheduling Tutoring  FAQs

Is tutoring offered for my course?  If so, how is tutoring offered for my course?
You can identify if the Subject Tutoring Program (STP) offers tutoring for your course AND determine the format of tutoring through which your course is tutored by visiting the page of this blog titled Online Subject Tutoring Course Offerings Spring 21.  You can learn more details regarding the different tutoring formats on the Tutoring Request Guide.
 When can I sign up for tutoring?
 Start Dates for requesting tutoring for courses tutored in the semester format, scheduling appointments for courses tutored in the weekly format, and the date when tutoring will begin are available on the Online Subject Tutoring Course Offerings Spring 21.  Students are encouraged to sign up early in the semester; however, students may sign up for tutoring any time throughout the semester until the final day of classes for the Spring 21 term
Students request semester tutoring and or make appointments for weekly tutoring within the Online Application for Tutoring System (OATS) system.  (See further details below regarding the use of OATS accounts.)
 How do I sign up for tutoring? 
 If you are seeking tutoring for a course tutored by the Subject Tutoring Program through either the semester or weekly format, please create an Online Application for Tutoring System (OATS) account, or log into the OATS account you may have created and used in the past.  NOTE:   You do not need to use an OATS account to participate in Subject Tutoring Program drop-in online tutoring sessions; instead see Spring 21 Drop-in Tutoring for the days/times when drop-in online tutoring sessions are scheduled for your course.   The schedule includes the guest link for the online tutoring room used for each series of drop-in sessions.
 After visiting Online Subject Tutoring Course Offerings Spring 21 you will have determined the tutoring format through which tutoring for your course is offered:  Assuming that your course is not tutored through the drop-in session format, please log into OATS to accomplish one of the following:
  • If your course is tutored through the weekly tutoring format, book an available appointment through the “Weekly Tutoring” option in OATS
  • If your course is tutored through the semester tutoring format, request a tutor through the “Semester Tutor” option in OATS.
 How do I meet with my tutor?
You will receive a confirmation email with a guest link (aka URL or web address) that leads to the Blackboard Collaborate tutoring room belonging to your tutor.  (For weekly tutoring appointments email messages with tutoring room guest links are auto-generated in OATS each time you schedule an appointment.  In the case of semester tutoring, the tutor with whom are matched will include the correct tutoring room guest link in scheduling-related messaging that tutor will send you.)  At the scheduled time of your tutoring appointment, click the guest link you have been provided to meet online with your tutor.
Contact tutoringprogram@umb.edu with any questions
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