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PLUS (Program Leading to University Success)

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, one-on-one tutoring, eTutoring, and student success programming. 

We offer FREE academic support to students at EWU.  Our offices are located on the main level of JFK Library in the Learning Commons.  Find out more about our services below.

Student Questions?  Please contact an office aide at the PLUS Desk:

  • Phone: (509) 359-6505
  • Email:
  • Weekly Hours: M-F 8 am - 5 pm (closed weekends)

Faculty Questions? Please contact our program coordinator, Alyson Rode:

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PLUS Study Groups

  • Discipline and instructor specific collaborative learning groups led by student facilitators who consult with the instructor
  • Held two days a week for 50 minutes each
  • Students in the same course collaborate, discuss concepts, and problem solve in a small group environment facilitated by a more knowledgeable peer facilitator
  • Facilitators model effective study strategies through course-specific activities
  • Facilitators are trained and certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and attend weekly training each quarter


 PLUS 1 on 1 Tutoring

  • Students seeking tutoring must sign a contract to meet with their tutor at least twice a week for the quarter as well as other commitments

  • Filling out a tutor request does not guarantee that you will be assigned a tutor

  • Students meet with an assigned tutor at least twice a week during two fifty minute sessions.
  • Tutors model effective study strategies through course-specific activities
  • Tutors trained and certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and attend training one hour a week through each quarter

 Fill out a Tutor Request Form HereRegistration for winter 17 begins Weds. Nov 9th.  Start filling out your tutoring requests now!

PLUS eTutoring

  • Available to all EWU students, including those in online courses and at extended campuses
  • Available days, evenings, and weekends
  • Includes: eWriting Lab: drop box  (asynchronous) -- eChat: one-on-one tutoring (synchronous) -- eQuestions: drop box (asynchronous) inside eTutoring.

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Spokane Services 

  • PLUS Groups
  • PLUS eTutoring

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PLUS Pathways

PLUS Pathways is an exclusive opportunity for students who wish to attend Eastern Washington University and demonstrate that with additional support they can successfully complete an undergraduate program. The Pathways program is based in research and practice for at-risk students and was created to offer higher levels of academic support and social integration. Support includes, but is not limited to peer mentors who work with students during their first year and a program coordinator who oversees their progress.

FirstSTEP Staff Presentation - Summer 2015

PLUS Staff Attend S.M.A.R.T Poster Session, May 2016

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