Frequently Asked Questions


Students must be enrolled for credit and attending the class for which they wish to receive tutoring or SI support. 

  • If you are taking a course you know does not come easy to you
  • When you want to improve your grade in a course you find difficult
  • If you do not want to fall behind
  • When you want additional help reviewing for a test
  • If suggested to do so by an instructor
  • Bring textbook(s)
  • Bring notes
  • Come with questions already prepared
  • Participation during sessions
  • Knowledgeable tutors and SI leaders
  • Assistance understanding and developing the skills needed to complete assignments

 *Please note that homework assignments will not be worked on; however, similar problems to those reflected on homework assignments will be discussed and worked through*

Feel free to check the ‘Events Calendar’ located in the upper-right hand corner to see when exam review sessions will be held for your course(s).  These review sessions are open to all students and depending on the course, may have a separate review for each section.

SI sessions are held at the same time every week. Students can drop in during scheduled SI sessions and are not required to sign up in advance. SI sessions are typically larger than tutoring sessions. SI Leaders attend regular lectures for the course and prepare agendas and activities for their sessions. SI Leader will also hold exam reviews. 

Tutoring is by-appointment only, and students must sign up in advance (no drop-ins). Tutoring sessions are small-group sessions (smaller than SI). Tutors have experience taking the course before, but they do not currently attend the lectures. 

Our sessions are held at the following locations: 

Bolton 120 for Math SI and tutoring 

Bolton 180 for Math drop-in tutoring 

Lubar N243 for all Business and Econ (+Math 208) SI and tutoring 

Library East Wing (E154, 159, 175, 177, 178, and 179) for all other subjects 

Tutors and SI Leaders will not work directly on homework problems during a session. However, tutors and SI Leaders will be able to review similar problems and examples that can help you complete your homework. Students should primarily expect a review of important course material, example, activities, and study strategies, as well as knowledgeable answers to their questions.

Math Drop-In

Math Drop-in services are provided in-person (Bolton 180) and online drop-in during specific times and hours. Tutors can work with you one on one on specific concepts or themes within your math course. Drop-in tutors can support students enrolled in the following courses: Math 92/102, 94, 98/108, 103, 105, 115, 208, 211, 213, 221, 231, 232, 233, 234. Math Stats 215 is only available on certain days throughout the week which can be found on the Drop-In Tutoring page.   

Math SI sessions are held at the same time every week. Students can drop in during scheduled SI sessions and are not required to sign up in advance. SI sessions are typically larger than tutoring sessions. SI Leaders attend regular lectures for the course and prepare agendas and activities for their sessions. SI Leader will also hold exam reviews. Math tutoring sessions are small-group sessions (smaller than SI). Tutors have experience taking the course before, but they do not currently attend the lectures. 

Math online drop-in sessions will take place via Zoom. In order to join an online math drop-in session, you must have accepted our SSC Tutoring & SI SP22 Canvas page. Once on our Canvas page you will be able to join a math drop-in Zoom session. Click on the directions receive directions on Accessing Math Drop-in Tutoring on Zoom. Online math drop-in is available on certain days throughout the week which can be found on the drop-in tutoring webpage.


In-person math drop-in takes place in Bolton 180 on Mondays – Thursdays from 10am – 7pm and Fridays from 10am – 3pm. Online math drop-in takes place Zoom. In order to join an online math drop-in session, you must have accepted our SSC Tutoring & SI SP22 Canvas course invite. Online math drop-in is available on certain days throughout the week which can be found on the Math Drop-In Schedule. 

Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring program, ran through the Student Success Center in Bolton 120, is a chance for students to assist students. Peer Mentors serve as upperclassmen students who can help first-year students academically and socially succeed at UWM. Students who participate in the Peer Mentoring program are linked with higher rates of success during their college years.

The Peer Mentoring program is for first-time UWM students, whether it is your first semester of higher education or you have transferred from a different university.

Peer Mentors complete several facets of outreaches to engage with their students. At the beginning of the semester, you will receive a personalized Welcome to UWM email from your mentor. This will include instructions on how to schedule an appointment to meet up.

Peer Mentors will then continue to reach out to their students via email, phone call, or text message throughout your first year of study.

Peer Mentors at UWM can help with your transition into college and in Milwaukee.

Using the support systems offered to you as a student can improve your experience and your ability to succeed academically and socially at UWM. The Student Success Center offers many resources to help you in this transition, including the peer mentoring program.

To schedule an appointment with your Peer Mentor, please visit Navigate. Login with your UWM Credentials. Select ‘Schedule an Appointment” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

If you experience any issues, please contact your Peer Mentor via email or text, or stop by the Student Success Center and a staff member can further assist you.

Prepare for your meeting with potential questions you may have about UWM, courses, and campus life in general. Peer Mentors expect students to be engaged, preparing to understand more about UWM and how they can succeed in their time at university.  

Every first-year student at UWM is assigned a Peer Mentor. The Peer Mentor staff is required to meet with each of their students at least once a semester, but students can choose to meet with their Peer Mentor as often as they’d like.

You should see your Peer Mentor each semester of your first year at UWM. They are a resource provided for first-year students to foster academic and social success in higher education.

Advocacy, empathy, respect, and investment in your academic and personal success.

Peer Mentors are trained to see solutions and opportunities in providing resources and helping you pinpoint academic and social goals in your first year as a student to streamline success.

Peer Mentors are assigned to students based on your academic field of study.

If you are an intended Nursing student, you will most likely be paired with a mentor in the Nursing program.

Undecided majors are given to Peer Mentors who can help assist in exploring academic fields of study that you may be interested in.

If you are paired with a Peer Mentor who is not in your program of study, this can happen due to the representation of programs at UWM, we will pair you as similar to your academic field as possible.

General MKE Scholars

No, you do not have to be admitted when you submit the electronic program agreement. You MUST be admitted as regular/conditional admit by June 1st. If you are admitted as a CGS (College of General Studies) First-Year Bridge or CGS Pre-Engineering student, you WILL NOT be eligible to participate as a MKE Scholar.

Let’s not even worry about this so early! Our team will be there to support and challenge throughout the summer. However, we recognize that you may not be ready to embark on the full college experience post-summer. Throughout the summer experience, we meet with scholars individually to discuss progress and next steps.  

No, you do not have to have a decided upon major to be a MKE Scholar. Our team and other identified success team partners will work with you to decide on a major once embarking on your UW-Milwaukee journey.

No, there is not a specific GPA or ACT/SAT test score needed to participate.

Incoming scholars are eligible to submit a Program Agreement based on their participation/ official engagement in one of the following high schools and/or pre-college programs: All-In Milwaukee, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee (Grad Plus), Carmen Schools of Science & Technology, College Possible, MPS College & Career Center, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Milwaukee, Nativity Jesuit Academy, Pathways High School, Pearls for Teen Girls, St Joan of Antida High School, & United Community Center.

Yes, to receive all benefits of the MKE Scholars Program participation in 8-week summer bridge program is required.

No, please refer to this link for more information regarding the SSS program:  

Unfortunately, dates and times conflict for these programs. Students will have to decide which pairs better with their summer schedule. Please refer to our Summer Bridge information page on our website for our program dates and times for summer. If a student chooses to participate in our MKE Scholars Summer Program, they can still elect to be part of the SSS program during the regular academic year (starting in Fall) along with MKE Scholars Program.

Unfortunately, dates and times conflict for these programs. Therefore, students will need to choose the program that best fits their needs. Please refer to this link for more information regarding the UR@UWM Summer program:  

All fees associated with summer instructional costs, summer housing, summer meal stipend, summer programming is provided at no cost to participants. The value of the summer bridge program is up to $ TBD

MKE Scholars - Summer Bridge

The MKE Scholars Program is run by Associate Director, Ariel Milton-Kern and Student Success Coach, Isabella (Isa) Virrueta. Please contact us at  with any questions regarding the program. For more urgent questions or concerns, please contact us directly by email or phone.

With Panther Pride,
Ariel Milton-Kern | Associate Director, MKE Scholars Program |  | 414.251.6043
Isabella Virrueta | Student Success Coach, MKE Scholars Program |  | 414.251.7577

Our team will provide next steps for moving in as we get closer to the start of bridge. The official move-in date will be Sunday, June 25, 2023.  

Yes, all participants should plan to be assigned a roommate. We will initiate a process for roommate selection later in the summer. Both parties must participants in the MKE Scholars Summer Bridge Program and agree to the living arrangement. There are no single rooms during the summer.  

Scholars will be housed in Sandburg Residence Hall- East Tower. These are suite style rooms equipped with a shared bathroom and full-size kitchen accessories. Our program will provide starter essentials; however, it will be your responsibility to either provide necessities or collaborate with those living in your suite.  

The residence halls are maintained 24/7 security. Scholars will be expected to always have the UWM student ID on them. At move-in you will be informed about guest policies.  

We will provide a starter pack of “school supplies” to be successful in your courses. Additionally, there will be access to computer and other technological devices if you do not have one on your own. You are encouraged to have access to your favorites. If you have a technological device like a laptop, you are welcome to bring it.  

Scholars will be provided a meal stipend to budget accordingly with during the summer. The amount of the stipend will be broken into two disbursements. You will have access to prepare food in your room suite. Also, there will be a cafeteria option in the residence hall plus a host of nearby restaurants to patronize.  

No, feel free to go and come as you may. Make sure you are back in time for class on Monday mornings!  

You will need to communicate those plans as far in advance as possible so that our team can assist you in consulting with instructional staff regarding the impact of missing class time.  

No, this is an in-person experience. Instructors are not required to record lectures or provide a virtual option during the summer program. Plan accordingly.  

MKE Scholar Benefits

A renewable $500 scholarship toward UWM tuition and fees for up to four years, covering fall & spring semesters ONLY  

Progress towards the completion of Cultures and Communities Certificate, a distinguishing accomplishment to complement your undergraduate degree 

Added support through academic advising and peer mentorship for advanced development opportunities within the UWM community 

Social and educational programs to build a strong peer community   

Access to MKE Scholars Program Emergency Fund throughout time as a UWM student 

MKE Scholars - Members

As an admitted, Bachelor’s degree seeking undergraduate student attend UW-Milwaukee – Main Campus 

Complete/submit the MKE Scholars Program Agreement no later than April 15, 2023 

Complete/submit MKE Scholars Program Confirmation no later than May 15, 2023 (Available starting May 1, 2023)  

Complete/submit required PAWS enrollment “To-Do” list items 

Attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) session before June 26, 2023 

Actively participate in the 2023 Summer Bridge Program, starting June 26, 2023 (No financial cost for student) 

Live on-campus during 8-week summer bridge program and abide by University Housing rules and guidelines 

Meet bi-weekly with your assigned MKE Scholars Program Success Coach during the academic year 

Maintain regular engagement with your Academic Advisor and Peer Mentor during the academic year
Participate in offered MKE Scholars events throughout the summer and academic year  

Successfully complete cohort courses towards the completion of the Cultures & Communities certificate program throughout your academic career at UWM. Progress towards the completion of the 5 programmatic areas of the certificate will start Summer 2023 

Complete & Submit a FERPA form permitting UWM to share information about your enrollment and progress with your college readiness program staff and the Burke Foundation

Represent the University as a student leader and serve as an ambassador for the MKE Scholars Program 


All students in FYF must meet with their Coach at least once a semester. However, many students will meet with their First-Year Coach monthly or bi-weekly, depending on the student’s specific needs and goals.

Meetings are typically 45 minutes and can be completed in person or virtually.

In-person meetings are in the Student Success Center (Bolton 120). You can check in with the front desk upon arrival. Virtual meetings will be over Microsoft Teams. Your Coach will send you a link and download instructions before your meeting.

Click on these instructions to schedule a meeting with your FYF Coach on Navigate! 

The transition from high school to college, especially at a large institution, can be an overwhelming experience. First-Year Forward is an invite-only program designed to provide continuous support to new UWM students.

Students eligible for the program will receive an invitation to participate before attending New Student Orientation. For more information or to confirm your eligibility, please email  

First-Year Success Coaches are dedicated to helping with your high school to college transition by providing one-on-one support to enhance your Panther experience. Your Coach is excited to assist with the following:

· Tutoring and Exam Reviews
· Note-Taking Methods
· Effective Study Skills
· Campus Technology

· Time Management
· Overcoming Procrastination
· Goal Setting

· Student Well-Being Resources
· Accessibility Resource Center
· Dean of Students
· Scholarships and FAFSA

· On-Campus Jobs
· Campus Events
· Student Organizations
· Multicultural Student Centers
· LGBTQ+ Resource Center
· MKE Community

· Enrollment Support
· Important Dates & Deadlines
· University Policies and Procedures

A $500 scholarship, awarded in your sophomore year, is your incentive for doing the right things to succeed at UWM. To earn the scholarship:

· Meet with your First-Year Coach at least once in the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters.

· Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of the spring 2024 semester.

· Achieve a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters.

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