Everyone needs a little help every once in awhile. At Southern Miss, we have a wide range of services designed to help students succeed. Whether you want to learn how to write a better paper, get over a bad case of speaking anxiety, find great research sources or get tutoring from an experienced peer, we have you covered.
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Where to Go
What to Expect
Writing Anxiety (PDF)
Help with Grammar
Improving Paper Grades
The Writing Center is a free tutorial service available to any USM student who wants assistance with a writing project. They offer one-on-one writing instruction that’s designed to help students become more effective writers. This tutorial service is offered on a walk-in basis or by appointment (on the hour for 45 minutes). However, the appointments often book up several days in advance, so making an appointment is always a good idea.
Speech Organization & Delivery
Job Interview Prep
Thesis/Dissertation Defense Prep
The Speaking Center has peer consultants who will help you advance your public speaking skills, regardless of the context: CMS 111 speeches, capstone presentations, and even thesis and dissertation defenses, job interviews, conference presentations, and other off-campus speaking engagements
When you schedule an appointment you will meet with a consultant for up to 50 minutes, and the consultant will assist you through whatever part of the process you are currently working on (e.g., topic selection, research possibilities, organizing ideas, outlining, delivery, PowerPoint, and articulation). The Speaking Center also has practice rooms equipped with visual-aid displays, laptops, and video cameras. If you prefer to practice alone, you may schedule a room for private practice.
Choosing Research Materials
Gulf Coast Libraries (GC)
The librarians at Cook Library in Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach, and Gunter Library in Oceans Springs are happy to help you find the resources you need. If your instructor has put materials on reserve in the library, you can search for them here. If you're unfamiliar with our libraries, check out the Library FAQs. If you can't find what you're looking for, you can email a research librarian who can help you locate materials, or set up a research consultation with a librarian for larger projects.
First Year Initiative (Academic Coaching)
Academic Coaching for First-Year Students
First Year Initiative exists to help students transition from high school to college. College is a very different experience, and you may be surprised by the work load, particularly the amount of time you are expected to spend studying outside of class. FYI offers student-to-student academic coaching in study skills, note-taking, time management, and goal-setting.
The First Year Initiative also offers student-to-student mentoring to first-year students who would like extra help with study skills, note-taking, time management, and goal-setting. These academic coaches will work with you personally and connect you to the campus resources that will help you be successful. Academic coaching is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in McLemore 207.
Math Zone/Math Tutoring Center
Math Tutoring Center
Math Tutoring Center
The Math Zone is located across from Cook Library and offers tutoring for MAT 99 and MAT 101 weekdays from 8 am - 5 pm. No appointment necessary.
The Math Tutoring Center is located in Southern Hall 318 and offers free tutoring for all other math courses, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. They are open Monday - Thursday from 1-5. No appointment necessary.
Help with HIS 101/102
History Lab (HGB)
The History Lab is a resource provided by the History Department to assist undergraduate students taking HIS 101 World Civilizations I and HIS 102 World Civilizations II. The Lab is paid for by student fees. All lab consultants are advanced history graduate students who have experience with History 101 and 102 courses, and their content and assignments. The History Lab offers help with note-taking, study skills, exam preparation, and structuring exam answers. Additionally, lab consultants facilitate historical writing skills, including idea formation, outlining, citations and documentation, document comprehension, creating an argument, and many other skills.
Gulf Coast students may obtain assistance for HIS 101 World Civilization I and HIS 102 World Civilization II from the History tutor in the Gulf Coast Learning Commons
Gulf Coast Learning Commons
|Gulf Coast Learning Commons|
The Learning Commons is an integrated learning
• The Speaking and Writing Center
Biological Sciences Learning Center
BSC 103, 107,110, and 111, 380, 381 (WSB 107)
BSC 250, 251 (WSB 224)
Tutoring for other Biology classes on request
The Department of Biological Sciences offers tutorial assistance to students enrolled in a variety of biology classes through the Biological Sciences Learning Center. For hours, or to request tutoring in a biology class not listed, please visit the Biological Sciences Student Resources webpage.
Chemistry Tutorial Center
The chemistry tutorial center is in Room 238 of Walker Science Building. A small cluster of computers connected to the internet are available for all chemistry students to use.
School of Computing Tutoring Center
Computer Science Tutoring
The School of Computing has established The School of Computing Tutoring Center within the TEC 207 Computer Lab, to provide services related to tutoring and related academic assistance. The Center provides support for all students taking School of Computing courses, but is especially targeted to assist first-year freshmen and first-year transfer students.
Foreign Language Tutoring
Foreign Language Tutoring:
Outside of class, language learning is supported by a state-of-the-art multimedia center in LAB 110, where you can stop in throughout the day for free language tutoring in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, computer access for online practice, or simply to relax in the colorful, comfortable lounge area while watching foreign language satellite TV or reading a popular magazine. Typically, tutors are language majors in their senior year.
This student-friendly center is also the gathering place for many extracurricular activities sponsored by the Spanish and French Clubs: foreign language movie nights, cultural celebrations, study group meetings, and Spanish and French conversation roundtables.
Business Tutoring/Gulf Coast BASE Center
The Base Center (GC)
Accounting tutoring by appointment with the School of Accountancy, Scianna Hall 3067 (601.266.4641)
BA 201 (Managerial Statistics) tutoring by appointment with the Department of Finance, Scianna Hall 3114 (601.266.4443).
In addition, 8 private study rooms are available for student use.
Gulf Coast tutoring is available in the BASE Center in the Business Complex.
Statistics Tutoring Center
PSY 360 (Statistics for Behavioral Sciences) Tutoring
| The Statistics Learning Center is a free, walk-in, peer tutoring center organized by the Psychology Department. All of its undergraduate tutors have successfully completed PSY 360 and are trained to use their own experience to assist students in improving their class performance.|
Some of the services provided include:
Construction Engineering Technology Tutoring
Architecture Engineering Technology
|The School of Construction has a number of tutors eager to help students succeed. They are all skilled in the art of Blackboard, so they are available to help online students as well. For days and times, please call the department office at 601.266.4895|
|The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a variety of tutoring sessions throughout the day to accommodate busy schedules. Please call the department office at 601.266.4934 for days and times.|
ASK Tutoring Center (HBG)
|The Academic Skills in Kinesiology Center (ASK) offers tutoring for KIN 301: Kinesiology, KIN 308: Exercise Physiology and KIN 423: Biomechanics.|
Tutoring is available by appointment only. Call 601.266.5358 to schedule an appointment.
This service is free of charge to KIN students.
|ANT 101||Tutoring is available daily for Anthropology 101. Please call the department office at 601.266.4306for hours.|
Tutoring for a Class Not Listed Here
|Can't find tutoring for a class you need help with? Fill out First Year Initiative's Tutoring Request Form and the FYI staff will contact you to put in touch with an appropriate on-campus tutor.|