Learning Assistance Programs

Welcome to Learning Assistance Programs, your learning resource center on campus.

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Empower the Whole Person, Learn in Community

Learning Assistance Programs supports students in their ongoing growth and development by providing academic support and learning strategy enhancement through a variety of services to meet individual needs. We look forward to connecting with you throughout your academic journey.

About Learning Assistance Programs (LAP) 

We offer content support in a variety of undergraduate 1000–3000 level courses in the areas of Languages, Science, Nursing and Math through drop-in tutoring, weekly tutoring or weekly facilitated study and language conversation groups. We also offer learning strategy support through individual consultation appointments (academic coaching sessions) or quarterly learning strategy workshops for all students. By providing you access to resources that support your development as a learner and your overall well-being, we support your academic goals and path to graduation and equip you with the tools you need to thrive as a professional in the future.  

Our combination of services is delivered by professional staff and peer educators so you can choose which combination of resources meets your unique needs. As a nationally certified program through the College Reading and Learning Association, peer educators complete ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure that they are well-positioned to offer strategic and thorough support for their peers in specific courses. Feedback at the end of each quarter reflects a high level of student satisfaction with the effectiveness of these learning resources.

Preparing You For Success


SU Students

Participated in tutoring, study groups, conversation groups, workshops and consultations in 2022–23.


Active Learning Hours

We supported thousands of hours of studying, improving student academic success and progress toward graduation in 2022–23.


Of Students Surveyed

Felt encouraged and supported while using our services, 2022–23.

Our Services

We support your academic experience and overall well-being at Seattle University through a range of academic resources and services. 

Individual Consultation Appointment (ICA)

Schedule an appointment with a LAP professional staff member to learn more about how to improve the results of your study efforts. Learn techniques to manage your time and the demands of your classes, ways to get more from your reading, techniques for effective review, and methods of study for your various courses.

Learning Strategy Assessment and Development

To gain a better understanding of yourself as a learner, we offer ways for you to review your current study habits and gain insights for ways to strengthen them. After completing an inventory, you can discuss the results with an LAP professional staff member who can help you use this information to develop an approach that enhances your learning potential.

“Brainstorming new study methods for me to try based on what I already know about myself, testing those different methods out, and deciding which worked really helped.”
—Seattle University Student

Tutoring Services 

Peer-to-Peer Student Learning

We provide peer tutoring in a variety of subject areas including math, science, nursing, and modern languages. Both the tutor and student benefit from this meaningful relationship. We offer two forms of tutoring: weekly tutoring and drop-in tutoring.

Weekly Tutoring

Weekly tutoring offers you the opportunity to meet with a trained peer educator for an hour each week for the duration of the quarter. Before accessing weekly tutoring, you need to complete a Tutoring Needs Assessment, which is a 30-minute appointment to discuss your tutoring needs and session expectations.

The tutoring sessions occur on the same day and time each week and may be one-to-one or shared with another student from the same course section. Weekly tutoring begins during the third week of the quarter and continues for the remainder of the quarter. Students are encouraged to register early in the quarter for weekly tutoring to gain the maximum benefits.

Note: Because most humanities classes (for example, History, English, Philosophy, Theology) differ greatly in content and instructor style, we do not offer tutoring in those subjects. However, during an Individual Consultation Appointment (ICA), we can help you design a study approach for these courses, too. For other classes we may not tutor, we can often point students to other campus resources. (You can find tutoring support for Accounting, Economics and Business Communication from the Albers School of Business & Economics.)

Drop-In Tutoring

Drop-in tutoring with subject-specialized peer educators is available as 30-minute appointments on a space-available basis.

Group Study

Learn in community.

Facilitated Study Groups offer you opportunities to collaborate with your peers and trained student facilitators to study class materials and practice essential skills for targeted courses. Student facilitators work with faculty to identify key topics and develop learning activities that strengthen understanding of course content. You also learn helpful approaches for studying materials and preparing for exams.

Language Conversation Groups provide small groups of students in select courses opportunities to strengthen their speaking and listening skills by working with trained peer educators. Peer educators collaborate with faculty to identify conversation topics and key skills for students to practice. You also learn helpful strategies for language learning.

“The best aspect of my study group was being able to have specific problems helped because they were usually on the tougher topics. I also liked having the group setting for us classmates to collaborate and share ideas when we were stuck.” —Seattle University Student

Learning Strategy Workshops

We offer a series of workshops for the campus community to engage in ideas and resources that contribute to their overall academic success. Join us in various opportunities each quarter in learning strategies that will enrich your student experience as part of the Seattle University community.

Asynchronous Learning Strategy Workshops

Our learning strategy workshops series provides study strategies and guidance to ensure you are well-equipped to tackle the ins and outs of university life. Our asynchronous series ensures that you have access to these helpful workshops anywhere and anytime that fits your schedule.

“This workshop was EXTREMELY useful to attend. It was an information-filled, high-quality presentation.” —Seattle University Student

"This workshop completely changed my responses to how I work with my own ADD as a student. It also catalyzed me toward doing serious research on how ADD is treated without fragmentation, and has changed how I approach the children and families I serve in my clinical counseling internship who need help with ADD."
—Seattle University Student

We’re Here For You

We are located on the 2nd floor of Lemieux Library, and also on our Virtual Front Desk (Zoom).