University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

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Academic Success

Academic Success at USF St. Petersburg campus

USF St. Petersburg campus offers a variety of supports and services to help students succeed academically. View the information below to learn about the resources that are available to you both on and off campus. 

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center's mission is to help students achieve their highest learning potential by assisting them in developing strong, lifelong learning strategies and skills in a safe and positive environment.. The center offers free tutoring, workshops, and resources for all students in the content areas of Accounting, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, Writing, and Study Skills. Their space also includes a study center, computer lab, and free printing. 

Check their webpage for up-to-date hours of operation and contact information.

Online Tutoring

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service available to all students at USF. This is a great resource for students who are unable to make it to campus to talk to a tutor.

Before using Smarthinking, be sure to make every effort to utilize the free tutoring services offered through the Student Success Center because Smarthinking sessions are not unlimited. Students are given approximately two hours of Smarthinking each semester. 

Smarthinking Services

  • Submit a Question – metered at 27 minutes per question; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Submit Your Writing – metered at 42 minutes per essay; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Live Tutor Help – metered by the minute + 7; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Your Smarthinking account is connected to your MyUSF access. You may be eligible to receive additional time for Smarthinking based on your situation. To inquire about extra tutoring minutes call USF Tampa’s Academic Success Center, (813) 974-2713 to speak with an administrator who can help with adding minutes.

How to Use Smarthinking

Watch this video for more information about how to use this service and then login to Smarthinking when you are ready to begin.

USF St. Petergburg campus Online Writing Tutors

The Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center also offers online writing tutoring. Writing tutoring is not a grammar and spell check service, but tutors will help you address the organization, effectiveness of delivery, and clarity of argument of your writing. Review the information and instructions to help prepare you to have an effective consultation online and to learn how the process works.

Nelson Poynter Library Resources

Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library’s mission is to be an active partner in the teaching, research, and learning of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s students, faculty, and staff. The Library's skilled faculty and staff strive to provide our academic community with easy access to high quality information when, where, and in the format in which it is needed.

Throughout your academic career, you may need to access the library to locate scholarly resources, search for books, and other tasks related to completing your coursework. Many of the services through the library are available virtually to online students such as the Research Help Chat, remote access to databases, and more. Review the information below to familiarize yourself with the available support and resources at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.



Contact a Librarian

Library Modules & Tutorials

Research Guides and Help Chat

Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Website