Engineering Student Body Tutoring Program
J.D. Williams Library
Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Courses Covered: Math 115, 120, 121, 123, 125, 261, 262, 263, 264, 267, 268
Contact us:

School of Engineering
Dean's Office - Brevard Hall 204
Call 662-915-1983 or email

Motto: "Dreams don't work unless you do!"
~John C. Maxwell

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General Guidance

The UM School of Engineering (SoE) is highly committed to help ALL students achieve their academic goals. Engineering is a very rewarding professional career and pursuing a degree in this field will definitely open up great opportunities for any student. Nevertheless, we recognize that engineering is a challenging field and lots of work, passion, focus and persistence are needed in order to accomplish the desired academic objectives and personal aspirations. Identifying each student's interests, values and skills will help him/her in better assessing his/her strengths and abilities needed to become successful in the field of engineering.

Tutoring program has been implemented, by the SoE, for the first time during the Fall of 2010. Since then we have been continuously working on adjusting the program to fully accommodate our students' needs. We know that one or multiple tutoring sessions might make the difference needed to earn a better grade.

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How to make an appointment for your tutoring session?
  • Students will receive an e-mail with contact info for the engineering tutor. They can reach him/her by texting/calling directly at the phone number that is provided.
  • Students are encouraged to exchange phone numbers with the tutors and text them when a second session needs to be held. Regular weekly sessions are highly encouraged!
  • Students don't need to notify the Tutoring Coordinator in case another tutoring session has been planned. However, at the end of each tutoring session, there is a form that has to be filled up by the tutor and signed by the tutoree in order to maintain accurate information for payment charge purposes.
  • Students will be billed directly to their bursar accounts. Typically, charges are submitted every 4-8 weeks.
How to prepare for your tutoring appointment
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Please remember that our tutors are there to help you better understand the topic and to answer the questions you might have about certain subjects. The tutors are not intended to re-teach the course material, but rather to explain and respond to your questions. Please remember that the tutors are also students and may not have all necessary answers that you expect. Because Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses are typically complex, it is advised that you refer advanced questions to your course instructor. S/he is the best resource when it comes to clarifying advanced concepts.

Generally, our tutors are very capable in tutoring students for STEM courses and most of them have mastered the topics and have earned quality grades. Since tutors are typically ahead in the engineering curriculum, the students who are being tutored may find answers for any additional questions about particular engineering track, instructor's teaching style, etc.

In order for a tutoring appointment to be effective, we ask students to prepare for it. Accordingly, the following steps might be necessary for an efficient tutoring session:

  • Read the course material carefully before your tutoring session.
  • Organize the questions that you have for the tutor.
  • Be on time for your scheduled tutoring session.
  • Bring with you the textbook, course notes, graded quizzes or assignments.
  • Have your ID # ready for submitting the Tutoring Request Form at the end of your tutoring session.

Please note that the tutor may help you in understanding the material, but don't expect that this means doing your homework, working on your assignment, or helping with your take-home exam! Engagements with the tutor are subject to the Student Academic Conduct and Discipline Policy.

Learning means practice, practice, practice!

"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous."

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For many engineering freshmen, the idea of becoming an engineer involves having special skills like: logic, critical thinking, and problem solving. VERY TRUE! However, in order to effectively develop and use all of these important skills, students have to start with basic understanding of Math, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Engineering core courses. Understanding has to be followed by studying. Learning/studying means practice! Efficient practice means comprehending the material and elaborative repetitions! Students need to know that for each hour enrolled, they will need 2 hours of self-study at home/dorm/library/conference room, in order to successfully pass a course. Students should keep in mind that time spent in the classroom has to be adequately accompanied with individual study!

Selection criteria for tutors

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
~Benjamin Franklin

There are many options out there for you in terms of STEM tutoring. However, Engineering tutors may represent your first choice when it comes to selecting a great tutor. Our students are carefully selected and we are confident that their help may aid you in earning better grades.

Students who would like to become engineering tutors may contact Oana Najjar, Tutoring Coordinator, at Potential tutors should possess a strong background in STEM courses. We are particularly looking to hire students who have finished the Calculus series (Calculus I, II, III, and IV) and have the adequate knowledge. Tutors should also possess great communication skills. All potential candidates for tutoring positions should remember that there is a difference between understanding the material and explaining it to peers.

Please note that all students who are hired as tutors must file the needed paperwork with the Ole Miss Human Resources (HR) department here. Failing to submit the needed paperwork to HR will delay your payment.

Every two weeks, upon the ending of each pay-period, students will need to submit their time-sheet (showing the total hours of tutoring) to the tutoring coordinator.

What to do when tutoring is still not enough?

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
~Helen Keller

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Engineering may not be the right academic pathway for every student. When a student is continuously facing major difficulty in STEM type courses, this could be a clear indicator that it is time to discover new academic pathways. This should not be interpreted as limitation, but rather as a vocational exploration. Students should be encouraged to find their passion and dream career! Please visit the Career Center at Ole Miss and make an appointment with a career counselor in order to find more info about career opportunities here.

Meet the Tutoring Coordinator
Oana Najjar

I joined the School of Engineering in August 2012 after working for Kansas State University (KSU) for 5 years. I am originally from Romania, but I have also lived for an extended period in Belgium before moving to the United States. My educational background is diverse - I have earned an M.S. from Catholic University of Leuven-Belgium and a Bachelor of Medical Bio-Engineering and M.S. from University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi-Romania. I have traveled extensively during my college time, especially during my graduate studies, and visited different countries and continents. This was a great opportunity for me to understand that there is always something to learn from your diverse peers! I speak 4 languages and this has helped me to stay connected with my friends/colleagues all over the world.

In 2013, I have earned a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising from KSU. I am thrilled to start using my new academic advising skills with Ole Miss students. I am excited to have the opportunity to work as Tutoring Coordinator and help students realize their academic and personal goals. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Office Hours:

8:00am - 12:30pm
Appointments and walk-ins are welcome!