Supplemental Assistance with PAL (peer assisted learning)

Students may receive supplemental help in English 100, 140, 141, 142, Math 173, and BIO 101. PAL sessions are run by a PAL leader one or two times per week to support the student in these classes. Students will be informed of the time and place in the classroom by the instructor but also can find the time and location in the following chart:

Class/Section Instructor Session times Session Location PAL Leader
Eng. 100.01/02 Trost

Tues.7-8 pm

Thurs. 5-6 pm

Murphy room 109

Murphy room 109

Pajah Williams
INT. Eng. 140 Willis

Thurs. 4-5 pm

Sun. 5-6 pm

Murphy room 109

Murphy room 109

Pajah Williams

Eng. 140.06/07 Grennan

Tues. 9-10 pm

Thurs. 5-6 pm

Murphy room 010

Murphy room 010

Faith Molnar
INT. Eng. 140.08/.09 Kloepfer

Wed. 1-2 pm

Thurs. 6-7 pm

Friedley ISS

Murphy room 010

Kylie Stocker
Eng. 141.01/02/11/15 Myers-Debbink

Mon. 7-8 pm

Sun. 7-8 pm

Murphy room 109

Murphy room 109

Sarah Clow
Eng. 141.04 Wagner

Mon. 2-3 pm

Tues. 7-8 pm

Murphy room 010

Murphy room 010

Daniel Fallon
Eng. 141.03/07 Collins

Mon. 7-8 pm

Wed. 7-8 pm

Murphy room 010

Murphy room 109

Jessica Farr
Eng. 141.05/09 Fankhouser

Wed. 6-7 pm

Thurs. 7-8 pm

Murphy room 109 Nicole Beard
Eng. 141.06 Petrosino

Wed. 6-7 pm

Thurs. 7-8 pm

Murphy room 109 Nicole Beard
Eng. 142.03/06 Church

Wed. 9-10 pm

Thurs. 7-8 pm

Murphy room 109

Murphy room 010

Tyler Rogers
Eng. 142.05 Clay

Wed. 2-3 pm

Thurs. 6-7 pm

Murphy room 010

Murphy room 109

Samantha Cesa
BIO 101 De Oliveira

Tues. 8-9 pm

Thurs. 8-9 pm

Murphy room 010

Murphy room 109

Catherine Harris
Math 173.02/03 Fox

Tues. 6-7 pm

Thurs. 9-10 pm

Murphy room 109

Murphy room 010

Nathan Geiss
Math 100.01/02 Fox

Mon. 6-7 pm

Wednesday 6-7 pm

Murphy room 109

Murphy room 010

Nathan Geiss
MUP 121 Rees

Tues. 1-2 pm

Thurs. 1-2 pm

Hayes room 115 Adrion Stanford
ESL 132 Goff

Mon. 9-10 pm

Thurs. 9-10 pm

Murphy room 109 Daniel Fallon

Writing Assistance

The Murphy Academic Support Center provides peer tutoring to currently enrolled students who need help with writing related to class assignments.

The purpose of this assistance is to help students with writing issues such as organization, source evaluation, documentation and mechanics. The goal of this service is to empower students to become more independent and confident writers. Tutors are trained to help the student understand the assignment and identify areas in the writing process that are giving them problems.  Specifically, tutors demonstrate corrections, recommend strategies for various stages of the writing process, and offer thoughtful feedback. Tutors will not point out and correct every error within an essay; learning how to effectively edit and proofread is part of the studentsí academic responsibility and learning process. Tutors and staff will also direct students to writing resources such as handouts and online sites.

Editing and proofreading services are not provided.

Tutoring appointments will NOT be assigned within 4 hours of the time the paper is due.

Scheduling an Appointment

The Murphy Academic Support Center offers writing tutoring by appointment.  Drop-in tutoring is also available on a first-come, first-served basis for specific English classes.  A normal session is limited to 1 hour.  The student is expected to provide the ASSIGNMENT SHEET that explains the professor's expectations.

To see when tutors are available for your specific class just click here.

If you would like to make an appointment you have several options:

  • Come by the Murphy Center and sign up at the desk
  • Call the Center at 419 448-3324
  • Email the desk at tutor@tiffin.edu. The center will send you a reply email confirming your appointment.

The Appointment

  1. The tutor begins by going over the assignment with the student to ensure her/his understanding.
  2. Next the tutor works with the student to identify the kinds of problems she/he is having.
  3. The tutor will scan the paper with the student to locate problems the student has identified.  Students should proofread their papers BEFORE coming to the appointment.  The more specific a student can be about problems, the more quickly and specifically the tutor can assist them with strategies for correction.
  4. The tutor will prepare an information sheet that summarizes the main issues addressed in the appointment.  The student will receive a copy of that sheet to assist their work.  A copy will also be sent to the student's professor, letting the professor know about the student's progress.  A copy will also be retained in the center for future reference.

Cancellation and "No Show" Policy

If students need to cancel an appointment, we ask that they give us the courtesy of calling the Center to let us know. This allows the time to be made available for another student. We reserve the right to temporarily discontinue appointment services to students who continually miss appointments without notifying us or don't observe tutoring policies. If we have to cancel your appointment because of tutor illness or emergency, we will do our best to reschedule an appointment with another tutor and to notify the student of the change in advance.

Do-It-Yourself

If you'd rather get some help in the comfort of your own room you might try some of the links we've found for writing help.  Visit our Links page by clicking here.