Our mission is to enhance the quality of university student scholarship and support the achievement of students’ academic and career goals through peer-based collaborative study groups, tutoring, academic coaching, and student success programming.

PLUS services are FREE to all enrolled EWU students.

PLUS peer-assisted leaders (PALs), tutors, and coaches are here to help you succeed in your courses.

Study Groups/SI

Collaborative learning sessions are led by a peer-assisted leader (PAL) who fosters interactive academic discussions between students.


In-person tutoring is offered in small groups to enhance classroom learning, persistence, knowledge acquisition.

Online Tutoring

Currently enrolled EWU students can access Online Tutoring from anywhere.  Students can chat with a tutor or submit questions.

Academic Coach

Academic coaching sessions help students achieve their academic goals within and beyond the classroom.

Who We Are

The Program Leading to University Success (PLUS) provides FREE academic support to EWU students through collaborative study groups and supplemental instruction, small group tutoring, academic coaching, and online academic assistance. Peers work with other peers in the Learning Commons of JFK Library and in classrooms across campus. Services are provided to students by professional staff and student employees in order to support the achievement of their academic and career goals. PLUS is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) to provide internationally recognized tutor training.

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CRLA Certifications – Levels I, II, III

International TUTOR Training Program Certification (ITTPC)

Since 1989, over 1,000 college tutor training programs around the globe have received ITTPC at one or more Levels. These programs have recognized thousands as Certified Tutors, Certified Advanced Tutors, or Certified Master Tutors.

Benefits of Certification

ITTPC and IMTPC provide professionals with the opportunity to create, improve, and expand tutor and mentor training for a campus’ unique programs. CRLA-certified programs demonstrate high standards:

  • Certification provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ and mentors’ successful work;
  • Certification sets professional standards of skill and training for tutors and mentors;
  • Certification augments program credibility for administrators and institutions.

Program History

The Program Leading to University Success (PLUS) is an academic support program that first began offering study groups to students at EWU in the fall of 1992.

Study groups are typically offered for courses that have been identified as being historically difficult for students based on the rate of D, W, and F course grades received, as well as student and faculty feedback.

In the fall of 2010, one-on-one tutoring was introduced, and in the winter of 2011, the PLUS program joined the Western eTutoring Consortium, providing students online access to tutors at colleges and universities across the western United States.

In 2012, PLUS moved to the main floor of JFK Library to serve as a partner in the Learning Commons, along with the Writers’ Center, Multimedia Commons, Library, Academic Advising, Career Services, and the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI).

PLUS Program Executive Summaries

Each academic year, PLUS produces an Executive Summary Report, which details its program objectives and learning outcomes.

Virtual Reality Tutoring 

We are thrilled to announce to introduce virtual reality to tutoring sessions in select courses happening right now! Students are able meet in-person at the JFK library or remotely through virtual reality headsets. The metaverse allows for unique opportunities for active, engaged learning through 3D molecule building, anatomy modeling, and more! Contact our team for more details!

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