These programs are designed to assist dental and dental hygiene students to successfully progress through Texas A&M College of Dentistry.

  • Peer Tutoring Program
  • Advanced Level Tutoring
  • Academic Counseling

Peer Tutoring Program

The academic progress of all first- and second- year dental and dental hygiene students is closely monitored at the College of Dentistry.  Students who earn less than 77% course average are contacted by the Office of Student Development, and encouraged to pursue options available to them to receive academic tutoring or counseling.

About the tutoring program

There are two levels of tutoring available.

1. Peer tutors

  • Second-year dental students and senior dental hygiene students are nominated by their first year courses directors to be tutors.
  • Students nominated as tutors may choose the subjects they are willing to tutor.
  • Tutors are trained in teaching methods and learning styles in early September and attend short meetings throughout the year.
  • Tutoring helps the dental hygiene tutors prepare for professional board exams.
  • Dental students who tutor earn one selective credit. (All students must have two selective credits to graduate).
  • Methods the tutors may use while working with the students include: sharing study suggestions they found to work for them, asking questions about course material, and using or developing diagrams and drawings for memory aids.

2. Advanced level tutoring

  • A faculty member directs advanced level tutoring and assigns tutors in pre-clinical and clinical courses.
  • Faculty and recent College of Dentistry dental alumni in  graduate programs are also available to tutor D2 and D3 dental students in preclinical and clinical hand skills.

The tutoring service is free to the students being tutored. Tutors are paid an hourly wage for tutoring and enjoy working with students.

Tutoring is available in the following courses:

Dental Courses:

D1 Courses:

  • Gross Anatomy lab & lecture
  • Dental Anatomy lab & lecture
  • General Pathology
  • Neuroscience
  • Occlusion lab & lecture
  • Biochemistry/Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Growth & Development
  • Physiology
  • Histology
  • Immunology

D2 Courses:

  • Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics lab
  • Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics lab
  • Preclinical Operative lab

D3 Courses:

  • Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Clinical Operative Dentistry
  • Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

Dental Hygiene Courses:

DH1 Courses:

  • Oral Radiology
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Preclinical Dental Hygiene
  • Biomedical Sciences I & II
  • Applied Dental Materials
  • Microbiology

How do I arrange for a tutor?

To request a peer tutor, please contact Mrs. Sheryl Messersmith (214-828-8185). Mrs. Messersmith will meet with you briefly to discuss your academic needs, study habits and personality prior to matching you with a peer tutor. Once matched, the tutor will contact you for the first meeting. You will schedule the remainder of your meetings as needed.

Students needing advanced level tutoring in preclinical or clinical hand skills will be referred to Dr. Nicole Friedman for assessment. Dr. Friedman and/or post-graduate residents will then work with each student individually.

Test Schedules

Schedules of exams, quizzes and lab practicals are assembled and distributed to dental and dental hygiene students at the beginning of each semester.

Academic Counseling

Academic counseling is offered to College of Dentistry dental and dental hygiene students experiencing academic difficulty.  They may receive counseling for the following:

  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Test-taking skills
  • Reading comprehension and memory skills
  • Active study methods
  • Stress management

Students who wish to discuss their study skills individually and confidentially may contact:
Mrs. Sheryl Messersmith, Education Specialist 
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Office of Student Development
3302 Gaston Avenue, Rm. 365 
Dallas, TX  75246
Phone:  214.828.8185
Email:  messersmith@tamhsc.edu