Tutorial Services Room (TSR) Offers OME Students a New Community Space

Anna Babbi Klein, Communications Manager, DUE

TSR SignFounded by students and run by students, the OME Tutorial Services Room (TSR) is a peer-tutoring resource for MIT undergraduates that has been in operation for over 30 years. Through the TSR, students can get individualized tutoring sessions in almost any subject. Core to the TSR approach is a dedication to making its support services and resources accessible, convenient, and useful. Consequently, tutoring sessions are held in the evenings from 7-11pm.

Until recently, the TSR, which is located in 12-124,  went unused most of the day. While the space was open during the off hours, it was not setup in such a way that encouraged students to come together to study, socialize or just take a break. The OME in 4-107 had naturally evolved into the place where OME students gathered throughout the day. While students were welcome, OME is an administrative office and not setup as a community space for students.

In early March, through some minimal renovations, OME officially opened the TSR as a study “lounge”. This is truly a community space the OME students can call their own. The TSR is now multi-functional – it is a study area, rest/break area, and a snack area with a refrigerator and microwave. OME Students can access the lounge with their ID card from midnight to 5pm from Sunday-Thursday and have 24 hour access on Friday and Saturday.

As both a peer-tutoring resource and a space where students can gather and connect, the TSR now provides a place where students can build peer connections and garner peer support, two important factors in the academic and personal success of all college students.

Inside the TSR Lounge