Peer Tutoring


Our Peer Tutoring is designed to help you understand difficult concepts and become confident with your knowledge, all in a relaxed setting. Tutoring offers academic support in a variety of subjects. Our Peer Tutors are students just like you! This is a drop-in and virtual service, so just come when you want and leave when you are done.

We have several options for Peer Tutoring.

Peer Tutoring held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 6 pm- 9 pm.
In-person sessions are in Room 217 of the Student Success Center (2nd floor of the Library) and Virtual Sessions are available through Zoom.


  • Current C-N student have access to “Smarthinking”, a 24/7 Online Tutoring Service (see access information below.)
  • C-N Library offers numerous online resources and the service of LIVE online chats with their research librarians.
  • The Student Success Center has a virtual one-stop-shop for Academic Resources to assist students as you transition from in-classroom to remote learning systems.

We now offer 24/7 Online Tutoring through “Smarthinking”. To connect with Online Tutoring follow these  simple steps:

  1. Login to Canvas
  2. Select “Online Tutoring Smarthinking” and follow instructions. 

What is the peer Study Group program?

The Peer Study Group Program is a free program of support for all currently enrolled Carson-Newman undergraduate students. We offer study groups in most courses, and there is no charge to students. Study groups meet weekly at regularly scheduled times in various areas of the campus. Each study group has a peer leader, and is designed to help any student who needs assistance in meeting their academic goals.

Who are the Study Group leaders?

Study Group Leaders are Carson-Newman students who are interested in helping other students learn in a comfortable, friendly, peer situation. Study Group Leaders have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have an A or B in the course for which they lead a group and have the recommendation of at least one professor. Our leaders all complete a Study Group Leader Training program.

How do I find a study group?

The Student Success Center schedules Study Groups each semester. A schedule of subjects, times, days, and locations are available on this website or in the Student Success Center. Your professor should also have that information. Students may request information by calling 865-471-3567 or by coming to the Student Success Center, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Who benefits from attending a study group?

Any student who needs some assistance in a class will benefit. Whether you want to go from a “F” to a “C” or a “B” to an “A”, being a part of a study group can be immensely helpful. Working with your study group leader and the others in your study group can lead to a greater understanding of the concepts you are trying to learn.


You can expect your leader to be a friend to respect your privacy, to be knowledgeable, to attend all scheduled sessions, to help you prepare for tests, to encourage you and to help you develop your study skills.

Your Study Group Leader will expect you to be on time for scheduled sessions, to have read the assignment, to bring your materials (textbook, notes, etc.) to have done your homework first and come with questions. Understand that he or she is a peer helper, not a teacher.

PLEASE NOTE: Study Group Leaders will not edit, correct, or help you with homework that is to be graded. They will try and help you develop critical thinking skills, work similar problems, assist you in understanding how you can do your work, and recommend other resources such as reference librarians, your professors and web resources.

How can I become a Study Group Leader? If you are looking for extra income, enjoy helping others, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, an A or B in the course for which you would like to be a group leader, a recommendation from the professor and can work flexible hours, then being a study group leader may be for you. Being in a study group supplements the classroom instruction by helping students clarify concepts from classes, guiding of skills practice and helping with learning effective strategies. Applications to be a study group leader are available in the Student Success Center.

What will be expected of me if I become a study group leader?

Provide individual and study group tutoring for subject areas and study strategies as appropriate will attend all and be prompt for study group sessions attend training workshops and meetings as required refer students to the Director if the student’s personal and/or academic needs are beyond the scope of the tutor’s expertise will keep accurate records will participate in an evaluation process will maintain confidentiality at all times.

Study Skills

The Student Success Center also offers seminars and one-on-one appointments for students who need assistance with Study Skills. Call (865) 471-3567 for more information.