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.

CGS Tutoring Services

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.

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.

Important: As a CGS student, you also have free and full access to Pitt resources and services, including the University's excellent Math Assistance Center , Writing Center, and Study Lab. Please see below for updated information about available tutoring services in summer term 2020.

Tutoring Services for Summer Term 2020 (2207)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the university's move to online or alternative instruction, tutoring services have also moved to remote delivery. Tutoring services begin the second week of classes.

English Tutoring with Liberty Ferda @ CGS

  • Mondays from 6:30pm-9pm
  • Tuesdays from 3pm-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays from 6:30pm-9pm
  • Thursdays from 3pm-5:30pm

To schedule an online appointment, 1) visit the Writing Center's website and select "CGS students/Veteran students" from the menu. 2) The day prior to your appointment, email Liberty Ferda at with your questions or essay in Word format as an attachment. During your appointment time, we can use the whiteboard feature in, or we can video/audio chat about your document via Zoom, Skype, or Google hangouts.

Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics @ Study Lab

  • Sundays from 4pm-7pm
  • Mondays-Wednesdays from 12pm-7pm
  • Thursdays from 12pm-5 pm

Visit the Study Lab website to learn more and schedule an online appointment. 

Math Tutoring @ MAC

  • Monday - Friday from 10am-1pm | 3pm-6pm

Visit the Math Assistance Center's website for more information and to schedule an online appointment.