Mission statement: College Success Programs at the University of Maine help students achieve academic success, attain their educational goals, and engage in life long learning. To learn more about College Success Programs visit our website.
TRIO-Student Support Services (TRIO SSS)
TRIO Student Support Services is funded through a U. S. Department of Education grant. Its goal is to increase the retention and graduation rates of low income students, first generation students, and students with disabilities. TRIO SSS serves 400 students each year. Students indicate their interest in services through an interest form filled out online or by visiting our main office in 125 East Annex. Students are then invited to meet with a TRIO staff member to learn more about the program and to complete an application for services. Students are notified of their selection; once selected, services are available throughout that student’s college career at UMaine. Services include academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, counseling, and workshops. Grants may be available to active first and second year students to reduce unmet need and loans. For further information contact us at (207) 581-2320, TRIO Student Support Services, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5725, or visit our website.
The Tutor Program
The Tutor Program provides small group tutoring for University of Maine students who need academic assistance in select 100 and 200 level non-web based courses. The Tutor Program’s role is to help students “learn how-to-learn” course material and how to utilize the resources available on campus. A staff of peer tutors facilitates learning by encouraging students to work together to process course material as well as sharpen reasoning and questioning skills.
Students work with peer tutors in small study groups of up to 6 students, who are in the same course and have the same professor. Groups meet twice weekly, for a maximum of 2 hours per week, throughout the semester. Tutoring sessions are held Monday-Friday, during the day or evening and are conducted in a classroom on campus. Tutor groups are assigned after Add/Drop week and continue through the 8th week of the semester as funding allows.
Course material is not “re-taught” to students in the traditional sense. Instead, peer tutors use the course material to develop games and other “hands-on” activities that require students to work and manipulate the subject matter. As a result, students develop effective learning strategies and critical thinking skills.
Additionally, the Tutor Program offers drop-in tutoring, by appointment only, for specific courses at the Tutor Program classroom in Fogler Library. The schedule for drop-in tutoring is posted on the Tutor Program website by the second week of the semester.
To make an appointment, to request a small group tutor, or to schedule a drop-in appointment, go to https://synapse.umaine.edu/ or stop by 104 Dunn Hall, or call (207) 581-2351.
Interested in becoming a peer tutor? The Tutor Program hires peer tutors in quantitative, science, and other general education courses. If interested, stop by 104 Dunn Hall to fill out an application. To view the eligibility requirements go to the tutor program website.