Important News from the Center for Innovative Learning!

Welcome–or welcome back! Concerned about succeeding in your math class? Does biology give you the blues? The Learning Commons in the Center for Innovative Learning can help! UMPI is dedicated to supporting student success in every way we can. Regular support in learning, outside of the classroom, is one of the most important ingredients to student success. Student Support Services offers subject area tutoring and assistance with study skills—drop by and chat with Anne Chase, tutor coordinator, to learn more about how we can assist in your success!

This fall we also have an important change to announce: scheduling for subject area tutoring can now be done online at, just as with the writing center! Students can continue to work with Tutor Coordinator Anne Chase to set up appointments, as well, but we are very excited that students will have the ability to schedule their own appointments online. A basic schedule will be available by Sept. 2, with appointments available starting Sept. 5, the second week of classes, just like the writing center. Any questions? Contact Anne Chase, tutoring coordinator, at 768-9461 or, or Dr. Deborah Hodgkins, director of tutoring services, at 768-9423 or


UMPI Writing Center


What kind of work do all college students have to do in their courses here at UMPI? Writing! Who needs feedback on their writing? We all do! The UMPI Writing Center can help.

The UMPI Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for writers at all levels of course work, for writing projects of all kinds: from first year composition essays to senior theses, from biology book reviews and criminal justice papers to graduate school application essays. Friendly student tutors are trained to assist writers at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming a topic through revising a completed paper. Tutors offer a conversational approach in a confidential, relaxed, non-classroom setting. The writing center’s mission is to help writers develop skills and strategies that will help them not only with one paper, but with future writing. Like subject area tutoring, the Writing Center is located in the Learning Commons, the first floor of the Center for Innovative Learning and we open for business the second week of classes. Come by and check it out (we have candy) and meet writing tutors Ted, Anna and Valentina. Students can schedule a consultation by going to to register and make an appointment or stop by and see one of the tutors for assistance. Online appointments are also available for students taking courses from a distance and unable to get to campus. Students, staff and instructors seeking more information may contact the Writing Center Director, Dr. Deborah Hodgkins (768-9423 or