Academic Help

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. 

Did you know you can get tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, Psychology and Physics right in your residence hall? Download Res Life's Residence Hall Tutoring Schedule for this semester's hours.

 

Construction TutoringKinesiology TutoringPhysics Tutoring 

 

Issue

 

Where to Go

What to Expect

Writing Center

Writing Papers

Writing Anxiety (PDF)

Help with Grammar

Improving Paper Grades 

Writing Center (HBG)
Library 112
601.266.4821

Writing Center (GC)
Gulf Coast Library
228.207.0150

Make an Appointment

Online Resources 

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.

 

Speaking Center

Speech Organization & Delivery

Speech Anxiety

Job Interview Prep

Thesis/Dissertation Defense Prep

Presentations 

Speaking Center (HBG)
Cook Library 117
601.266.4965


Speaking Center (GC)
Gulf Coast Library
228.207.0150 

Make an Appointment

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. 

 

Library

Books

Journal Articles

Choosing Research Materials

Citations

Reserve Materials 

Cook Library (HBG)
Location
Hours

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
MCL 207
601.266.6405

Make an Appointment

McLemore Hall 207

 

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

The Math Zone
Location
601.266.5824

Math Tutoring Center
Southern Hall 318 

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.

Gulf Coast students may obtain assistance from the Mathematics tutor in the Gulf Coast Learning Commons

 

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History Lab

Help with HIS 101/102
Research Papers

Exam Prep

Book Reviews 

History Lab (HGB)

LAB 458 (inside main History Department office)

Make an Appointment

 

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

 

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Gulf Coast Learning Commons

Coast:

Speaking
Writing
Math
Science
French/Spanish
Technology
Media
World Civ I & II 

 

Gulf Coast Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is an integrated learning
center that provides learning assistance, tutoring and
resources in the areas of mathematics, science,
writing and speaking, and language arts. The
Learning Commons includes:

• The Speaking and Writing Center
• The Mathematics and Science Technology Center
• The Language Arts Center (French & Spanish)
• The Research and Technology Center
• The Gulf Coast Media Studio
• B.A.S.E.

 

Biological Sciences Learning Center

Biology Tutoring:

BSC 103, 107,110, and 111, 380, 381 (WSB 107)

BSC 250, 251 (WSB 224)

Tutoring for other Biology classes on request

Biological Sciences Student Resources

Walker Science Building  

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.

Gulf Coast students may obtain assistance from the Science tutor in the Gulf Coast Learning Commons.

 

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Chemistry Tutorial Center

Chemistry Tutoring

Chemistry Tutorial Center

Walker Science Building 228

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.

Gulf Coast students may obtain assistance from the Science tutor in the Gulf Coast Learning Commons

 

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School of Computing Tutoring Center

Computer Science Tutoring

The School of Computing Tutoring Center

Chain Technology Center 207

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:

French
Spanish
German
Italian
Chinese 
Latin 

Foreign Languages Multimedia Center

Liberal Arts Building 110

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.

Gulf Coast students may obtain assistance in Spanish and French from the Language tutor in the Gulf Coast Learning Commons

 

Business Tutoring/Gulf Coast BASE Center

Business Tutoring:

BA 201
Accounting

Business Writing
Business Speaking 

 

College of Business

Scianna Hall

601.266.6139

The Base Center (GC)
Business Complex
730 East Beach Boulevard

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

Statistics Tutoring Center

Owings-McQuagge Hall 134

 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:

· Offering additional/alternative explanations of concepts
· Test preparation
· Homework checks / walkthroughs of similar problems
· Practice problems
· Statistic study skills
· Assessments

Construction Tutoring

Construction Engineering Technology Tutoring

Architecture Engineering Technology 

School of Construction 

Bobby Chain Technology Building 233

601.266.4895

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

 

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Physics Tutoring

Physics Tutoring

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Bobby Chain Technology Building 114

601.266.4934

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.

 

Kinesiology Tutoring

KIN 301
KIN 308
KIN 423 

ASK Tutoring Center (HBG)

KIN 101E


 

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.

 

 

 

Anthropology Tutoring

ANT 101

Depatment of Anthropology & Sociology

LAB 443

601.266.4306

Tutoring is available daily for Anthropology 101. Please call the department office at 601.266.4306for hours.

 

 

Other Tutoring

Tutoring for a Class Not Listed Here

Tutoring Request Form

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.