FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about The PIER. If you have a question that is not listed below, please feel free to email a PIER administrator via the Contact Us page on the blog or by sending an email to estinson@nvcc.edu

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Tutoring is completely FREE to all students of NOVA.

Q: Do I have to make an appointment?
A: Nope! The PIER holds walk-in hours for most subjects. Most of our hours are for writing and math, but we also have hours for other highly requested subjects such as Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Physics, and IT.

Q: What if I need help in a subject that you don’t hold walk-in hours for?
A: We can find a tutor for any subject that NOVA offers. For subjects that we do not have walk-in hours for, we have a “One-on-One” service where you can request a tutor. Just stop by the Tutoring Center and ask for the “Tutor Request Form” (or complete it via the blog HERE).

Q: Who will tutor me?
A: All of our tutors are students or former students.

Q: Is there a limit to how many hours I can be tutored?
A: No! For walk in hours, there is no limit to how many hours you can be tutored. For our one-on-one service, students can receive two hours per subject, per week.

Q: What should I bring to a tutoring session?
A: Bring anything that will help your tutor understand what you are working on in class. This includes textbooks, assignment sheets, syllabus, class notes, etc. If any of these materials are on Blackboard, you and your tutor can look this up while you are in the tutoring center.

Q: Can I work with a specific tutor?
A: Yes, if you find a tutor that you work well with, you can simply come to the PIER during their scheduled hours. Please note that if the PIER is busy, it may be a longer wait to work with a specific tutor.

Q: Isn’t tutoring a remedial service?
A: Not at all. Tutoring can be beneficial for anyone.

Q: What does “PIER” stand for?
A: PIER stands for Peer Instruction and Educational Resources.

Q: Do you have computers I can use?
A: Yes, we have both Desktops and Laptops that students can use, as well
as graphing calculators (For more information on PIER resources, check out this link).

Q: Can I just come in and study?
A: Absolutely. Feel free to come in during our open hours and study, do your homework, work on a paper, etc. And if you need help, our tutors are there to assist.