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Educational Supportive Services

TRIO Educational Supportive Services
Kansas State University
103 Holton Hall
1101 Mid-Campus Dr.
Manhattan, KS 66506

Office hours
8 AM - 5 PM, M-F
(due to COVID-19
staffing, office may
be closed noon-1 PM)

Phone: (785)532-5642
Fax: (785)532-6457
email: essinfo@k-state.edu

About ESS One-to-One Tutoring

Educational Supportive Services (ESS) can provide One-to-One tutoring to qualifying students (see "Applying for ESS" tab for qualifications). Tutors are trained to work with any student, regardless of background, academic proficiency, or learning style. These sessions will be scheduled as weekly recurring appointments for the semester. They can be cancelled or adjusted thru ESS at any point if needed.

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If you qualify and are accepted, you will receive an email asking you to schedule an appointment with one of our coordinators to begin your tutoring and discuss our other free services. 


What subjects are offered?

The most common subject areas available for tutoring are Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Animal Science, Statistics, English, Public Speaking, Modern Languages, as well as many others. If an ESS tutor is not available for your course, you can be referred to Holtz Hall tutoring or we will make every effort to find other resources.

Where will I get tutored?

Tutoring sessions take place in Holtz Hall or may be scheduled in the ESS student study area in 103 Holton during peak times.

How often will I meet with my tutor?

During your initial meeting with your ESS Coordinator, you will be scheduled for 1-3 hours per week for up to 3 subjects based on tutor and subject availability. You will be responsible for contacting your tutor(s) to begin your scheduled sessions.

What if I need to cancel a tutoring session?

Participants are expected to attend all tutoring sessions.

  • As soon as you know if you need to cancel a session or if you will be late, you are responsible for contacting your tutor at least 24 hours before your scheduled session to avoid an absence. 
  • Upon receiving the notice of a second absence from your tutor, your coordinator will e-mail or call you to set up a conference time. During this conference, you and the coordinator will discuss the decision to resume or discontinue your tutoring and a determination will be made at that time.
  • Three unexcused absences will result in your tutoring being immediately terminated until you have had a conference with your ESS Coordinator.
What can I expect from my tutor?

Your tutor is expected to be present at all scheduled sessions and on time. Tutors should be courteous, fully attentive, helpful, clear in their communication and instruction, and have a solid knowledge of the subject matter. Each tutor receives at least two hours of basic tutor training to help understand effective tutoring techniques. If you have any difficulty with your tutor or feel the situation is not working, you should contact your ESS Coordinator immediately. We want your tutoring to be the best it can be.

What can my tutor expect from me?

ESS participants are expected to come to the tutoring session prepared, which means having had attempted your homework and have problem areas or areas of difficulty ready to discuss with the tutor. You are expected to attend tutoring sessions, even if you feel comfortable with the material since you can still cover material in the next section or chapter, or review a previous unit.