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Learning Center

Study alone, in groups or with an expert tutor.

Contact Information

Hilary Dahlman
Director of Academic & Learning Support

Joan Marchio
Learning Center Administrative Assistant


Mon. – Thurs.: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri.: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make or Cancel an Appointment

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Peer Tutoring

What is peer tutoring?

Peer tutoring is provides free, scheduled academic assistance to all Inver Hills students.

  • You can use peer tutoring for most classes taught on campus
  • You can use peer tutoring regardless of your achievement level
  • Peer tutoring is used by students of all abilities
  • Services provided through a peer-tutoring model and Smarthinking Online Tutoring
  • Peer tutoring starts the second week of the semester and is available any time until one week before final exams

How can I receive tutoring?

  1. Click on the green "Make An Appointment" button on the left.
  2. Fill in your "User Name" and "Password". Click "Log In".
  3. Click "Search Availability"
  4. For the center pick: "Peer Tutoring Center"
  5. For "Section" pick the class for which you wish to find a peer tutor.
  6. Click on the "Search" button at the bottom left.
  7. "Green" times indicate when a tutor is available and "Blue" times indicate when they have walk-in times.
  8. Choose a time, enter reason as "Studying With Tutor". Enter your e-mail. Save.
Please Note: Leaving days and times as they appear will give you the full scope of when the tutors are available. Limiting days and times may cause a No Results Found response.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Peer Tutoring Office or visit L231 or call 651-450-3693. Please cancel appointments when you are unable to come for a tutoring session. This can be done online or by sending a message to

Who are your tutors?

Peer tutors are a students who have excelled in the courses they tutor. Tutors are chosen for their academic and interpersonal skills. They are trained as tutors. Their instructors have recommended them for consideration as tutors.

How does peer tutoring work?

  • You will meet regularly with your tutor in 50-minute sessions once or twice a week
  • Sessions are arranged to fit your schedule and your tutor’s schedule.
  • You may schedule tutoring for more than one class each semester
  • Peer tutoring is personal and practical
  • Peer tutoring is designed to help you maximize your study time
  • Peer tutoring helps you overcome minor obstacles, allowing you to understand course material and master course-related skills

Where do I go for peer tutoring?

Peer tutoring is located in the Learning Center on the second floor of the Library building. Tutoring sessions are typically available Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Evening hours may be available on request. All peer tutoring availability is based on the peer tutors’ available hours.

Tutoring success tips

Attend class

Tutoring helps you benefit from classroom instruction and cannot replace your attendance in class; tutors help you understand course material that may be giving you difficulties.

Be on time and keep appointments

Contact the peer tutoring coordinator at 651-450-3693 if you will be late for your appointment or if you need to cancel your appointment; unless notified, your tutor will wait only 15 minutes past your scheduled meeting time; missing two sessions without calling or canceling your appointment repeatedly will cause your tutoring sessions to be discontinued.

Arrive prepared

  • Help your tutor help you.
  • Read your textbook
  • Do the homework you understand
  • Mark items you do not understand
  • Write down any questions you have for the tutor
  • Bring your class notes and syllabus to tutoring sessions

Focus on upcoming quizzes and tests

You and your tutor can then concentrate on quiz or test topics, making sure you are fully prepared; tutors cannot help you with a take-home quiz or test.

Get a tutor before you get behind in your coursework

Tutors will have a much easier time helping you when you first start having difficulties with your coursework. If you get too far behind, you may not be able to catch up. If you are thinking about dropping a course, notify your tutor or speak with the peer tutoring coordinator; they may still be able to help you.

Expect to do your own work

Working with a tutor does not guarantee a higher grade. Tutoring is designed to help you improve your study skills. A peer tutor can only help you help yourself. Tutoring is not a replacement for your own motivation to learn.

Smarthinking Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available 24/7 to all Inver Hills students to use from both on and off campus. You can get live, online tutoring as well as reviews and comments about essays and reports. Smarthinking tutors are not Inver Hills' tutors nor are they associated with Inver Hills Community College.

What can I do with Smarthinking?

With Smarthinking, you can:

  • Interact with a live tutor.
  • Submit your writing for any class to the Online Writing Lab.
  • Submit a question and receive a reply from a tutor.

Accessing Smarthinking

  1. Log into D2L Brightspace using your StarID and password.
  2. Choose Online Tutoring by Smarthinking from Academic Support menu.

What do I need to access Smarthinking?

Using the service requires the following:

  • Some practice using the Smarthinking whiteboard tools.
  • Check out the tutorials and demonstrations on the Smarthinking site that show how to use the various Smarthinking tools.

What if I need help with Smarthinking?

A Smarthinking Student Handbook is available.

If you have questions, contact Smarthinking Customer Support. They can answer questions about using the service and about any technical problems you may experience. First, check the information in the FAQ. If you still have problems, you can e-mail or call their technical support department toll-free (888-430-7429 ext. 1).

Atomic Learning

Online Professional Learning Experience.

Hoonuit by Atomic Learning provides anytime, anywhere access to a vast library of online learning resources relating to instructional practices, career readiness, student engagement, technology use, and more.

Accessing Atomic Learning

  1. Log into D2L Brightspace using your StarID and password.
  2. Choose Atomic Learning from Academic Support menu.

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