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Grant Towers South,Lower Level
PH:  753-1087

Tutoring Center
West Hall Room B 004
PH:  753-2825 

Tutoring Center
Room 302
PH:  753-8105 


Our Mission: The guiding mission of ACCESS is to provide opportunities for students to build academic skills and promote academic adjustment, thereby improving academic success, retention and graduation rates through academic support services. Further, ACCESS supports the diversity of the NIU student body by targeting students for its services who are most academically at-risk, either by their admission status or by their background/deficiencies in specific academic skills areas.

Our Services: ACCESS provides walk-in tutoring services, one-on-one tutoring services, study groups and supplemental instruction for some specific courses and other support services for students who require academic assistance to be successful in their chosen courses and majors.


A+ Program

The A+ Program is a FREE NIU service which provides one-on-one or small group instruction on an appointment basis in effective reading or study strategies.


PAL(Peer Assisted Learning)

Peer Assisted Learning is NIU's FREE tutoring service for undergraduates. We provide one-on-one appointment and walk-in tutoring for students who are interested in regular, weekly tutoring assistance.


SI(Supplemental Instruction)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a FREE peer tutoring program designed to enhance student performance and academic achievement in historically difficult courses.

You can sign up for a one on one tutor or visit one of the tutoring centers for walk in help on most 100-200 level courses.  See hours and course selection for the tutoring centers to your left.


Watch this site for more information and our "go live" date: 

You will be able to log on to My NIU to apply on-line for:

  • To become a tutor - IS LIVE - look for an application in MyNIU under NIU Customizations.  The Last DAY OF HIRING for Fall 2015 is August 26, 2015.

  • To request a one-on-one appointment tutor

  • To find a tutor in a specific center that can tutor your course

  • Tutors are available in our walk-in tutoring centers.  Check schedules on the left.