Tutoring

Native Hawaiian Student Services offers tutoring in Math, English/Writing, and Hawaiian language.

All tutoring services are free for any undergraduate or graduate student at UH Mānoa. We welcome appointments made in advance as well as walk-ins. Tutoring is offered at both of our offices, located at Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 104, and Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Room 211.

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General Contact Info

Tutors can be reached by email at kaptutor@hawaii.edu.

FAQs

How do I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment with one of our tutors is easy! Visit bity.ly/kaptutor and sign in with your UH username and password (be sure to enter your username with @hawaii.edu on the Google login page; this will prompt you to log on at Google@UH). Find the time slot you would like to reserve for your appointment; all available tutoring slots will be listed. Choose your appointment and click “Save” to reserve your appointment. Make sure to double-check where your appointment is so that you go to the right NHSS office!

How do I know where my tutor/tutoring appointment is located?

When booking your appointment, be sure to check the “Where” field to see the location of your appointment. You can also check your confirmation email in order to find out where your tutor will be. Our offices are located at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services room 104, and Kamakakūokalani room 211.

What kind of Math/Hawaiian Language/English tutoring is available?

  • Math (Kaui): Up to Calc III
  • Hawaiian (Keli‘i): Up to Hawaiian 402
  • Hawaiian (Kaimana): Up to Hawaiian 401

What if I need to cancel/reschedule an appointment?

Please email us as soon as possible at kaptutor@hawaii.edu or visit your Google Calendar and cancel your appointment. You can do this by choosing the appointment in your calendar and clicking on “Cancel Appointment.” Please make sure to click “Delete & notify guests” so that the tutor will also be notified about the cancellation.

On the day of my appointment, do I need to bring anything with me?

Bringing materials to work off of is highly appreciated. If you come with an assignment you would like help on, or specific questions you would like to know more about, it makes it easier for our tutors to pinpoint areas you can work on. Don’t be afraid to come with broad questions as well: our tutors will do their best to answer those questions, or to point you toward additional resources. Please be mindful that our tutors are here to assist you, but cannot complete assignments for you. Be prepared to work with guidance from the tutor.

Do I need to make an appointment in order to receive tutoring? Is it okay if I just walk in when I’m free?

Our tutors will willingly accept any students who walk in for tutoring. However, be mindful that if our tutors already have a scheduled appointment then that student will get first priority. If multiple students need tutoring at once, and none have scheduled appointments, our tutors will do their best to accommodate all. If you want to ensure individualized attention from the tutor, make sure you make an appointment online!

Resources

English/Writing

  1. Purdue Owl
    Purdue Owl is a very useful, easy-to-understand resource for many aspects of the writing process. This website includes citation guides for APA format, MLA format, and more, as well as quick guides and tips on writing resumes and cover letters. Purdue Owl also includes a variety of writing exercises, such as grammar and paraphrasing exercises.

    • Citation guides (MLA format, APA format, etc.)
    • Quick guides for resumes, cover letters, and more
    • Variety of writing exercises

     

  2. UH Manoa Library (e.g. Voyager, JSTOR, etc.)
    UH Mānoa’s library website links to many resources. Not only can you find out about library hours and access your student account, but you can also browse for books and media within the entire University of Hawaiʻi system. You may also find access to JSTOR for searching scholarly articles, or LILO, a useful tool if you’re writing a research paper.

    • Voyager – search for books and media within UH library system
    • JSTOR – resource for scholarly articles

     

  3. Dictionary & Thesaurus
    Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com are easy websites to remember. Use an online dictionary while annotating a book or article, or utilize the thesaurus if you’re having trouble writing or find yourself becoming repetitive. These websites are easy to use and will come in handy often.

    • Use dictionary as you annotate readings for unknown words
    • Use thesaurus to help with writing, especially when writing becomes repetitive

Math

  1. Wolfram Alpha :
    An “answer engine” that can give you a wide range of information, like what the graph of a function looks like, the integral of a complicated function or even the solution of a differential equation. Unlike Google, if you give Wolfram Alpha a query, it tells you everything you need to know right away without having to hunt through links. Check out the examples and see what it can do for you.
  2. Khan Academy
    If you’ve ever been confused in class (who hasn’t?), check out the videos at Khan Academy. Not only are the explanations clear and examples carefully worked out, you can watch them over and over again until you understand the concepts.
  3. TotallyStressedOut
    No, it’s not a math website, but just as valuable if you find it difficult to keep your cool during tests. I would also recommend this video.
  4. For more resources, check out my full list

 ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

  1. Nā Puke ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi: The Hawaiian Dictionaries
    A convenient way to look up Hawaiian words, wherever you may be. It’s a good place to start your search when you’re trying to find the meaning of a word; however, there are many (usually more obscure) words and phrases contained within the dictionary that are not on the wehewehe database. If you find yourself in need of the physical dictionary, e.g., when the word you are searching for turns up no results on wehewehe, feel free to visit our space and use one of our dictionaries.
  2. Hoʻolaupaʻi: Hawaiian Nūpepa Collection
    If you ever have to write a research paper in Hawaiian, nupepa.org is always a good place to start looking for info! The database contains thousands of scans of Hawaiian newspapers dating back over 150 years, as well as retyped versions of articles for greater ease of use. You can search for articles by keyword, newspaper, and publication date. However, be aware that articles that have yet to be retyped will not show up in keyword searches.
  3. Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library
    Contained within Ulukau is a range of Hawaiian books, from beginning to reference levels. Much like Nupepa, the resource books are available in both scans of the original pages and in a retyped format. If you’re in need of such titles as Ke Aupuni Mōʻī, or Buke Mele Lāhui, you can find them on Ulukau.