Academic Resources

Returning to the classroom after a few or several years can be intimidating. The College of General Studies offers a wide variety of one-on-one, peer, and group-tutoring options as well as skills-building workshops to help you succeed in your courses and meet your academic goals. As a CGS student, you have free and full access to Pitt resources and services, including the University's excellent Math Assistance Center and Writing Center.

CGS Tutoring Services

Math: If you are struggling in a math-related course, need help with an upcoming exam or project, have questions surrounding homework, or just want to brush up on your basic math skills, the CGS math tutor can help. Help is offered for many Pitt courses, including, but not limited to: Algebra, Trigonometry, Business Calculus I & II, Analytical Geometry & Calculus I, II, & III, Discrete Math, Quantitative Methods, Linear Algebra, Basic Applied Statistics, and Partial Differential Equations.

Biology &Chemistry: CGS offers biology and chemistry tutoring each Fall and Spring terms. Assistance is provided for the following courses: Foundations of Biology I and II, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II. Tutoring is held during specific walk-in hours.

Writing: If you are taking courses that require clear, concise, well-structured prose, consider visiting the McCarl Centerwriting tutors for assistance. They offer help for all aspects of writing, including, but not limited to: interpreting assigned texts; choosing a paper topic; composing specific writing assignments -reading responses, essays, poems, reports, stories, and more; writingor revising personal statements and application essays; polishing resumes and cover letters; assessing grammar and syntax issues; incorporating research; and implementing MLA, APA, or Chicago style.

Tutoring Hours for Spring Term (2204)

Spring Term - January 13th to April 24th 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the university's move to online or alternative instruction, our tutoring services have also moved to remote delivery. Please see the revised schedule below and contact your tutors via email should you have questions.

Math Tutoring with Carol Reece

Tuesdays  12 p.m. to 5 p.m. remotely via Zoom
Thursdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. remotely via Zoom
Email Mrs. Reece's at for instructions on how to join her scheduled Zoom meetings. You are welcome to drop in or out of the meeting for as long as you like. You can work on homework, ask questions, help each other, and communicate with and get assistance from Mrs. Reece.

Biology/Chemistry Tutoring with G. Zhu

Mondays 12:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m. remotely via Tutor Ocean (G's classroom)
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. remotely via Tutor Ocean (G's classroom)
Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. remotely via Tutor Ocean (G's classroom)
Thursdays 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. remotely via Tutor Ocean (G's classroom)
Please email G at to set up an appointment. Once you have scheduled a time to meet, simply click the above link to enter the virtual classroom space. You do not need to download any software or register to use this service. The online tutoring platform does work best when using the Google Chrome browser. Within the online platform you can share files, screens and whiteboards. Have any documents or files you would like to share ready at the start of your appointment with your tutor.

English/Writing Tutoring with Dr. Laura Dice

Mondays 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.  remotely via Zoom or Microsoft Teams
To schedule an appointment, 1) please go to the Writing Center's website at and select CGS students/Veteran students from the menu. 2) The day prior to your appointment, please email Dr. Dice at with your questions or essay in Word format as an attachment. You will need to have access to either Zoom or Microsoft Teams for a synchronous appointment to discuss your essays during your appointment time.
Alternate appointment times are possible. Please email Dr. Dice to arrange a time outside her regular tutoring schedule.