Academic Support


At Willamette University the first thing students should do if they’re experiencing difficulty in a course is speak with the professor outside of class.  Our faculty members not only teach in the classroom, but also work with students individually to help them learn the curriculum.  No one knows the material in a particular course or how to teach it better than the professor, so always start there.  We expect students to meet with their instructors before considering tutoring.

Sometimes students who are working closely with their professors benefit from additional mentoring of the sort that another student can provide.  In order to accommodate this need, the CLA Dean’s Office provides a free tutoring service available to all students and for many subjects. (Foreign language departments have their own tutoring programs, and the Language Learning Center in the World Languages Studio in the Learning Commons provides extensive assistance for language learning.)

Please note that in some departments - for example, math and chemistry - the demand for extra help is high, and individual tutors are seldom available.  In such cases, we offer Help Sessions to which the entire class is invited.  These are led by more advanced students.

Help Sessions

Spring 2015

All sessions (except BIOL) start the second week of the semester on Sunday, January 25, 2015. The last session of the semester is May 4th.


BIOL 125 Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity: Help Sessions with student tutors are scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Olin 213.

BIOL 130 Cell Biology/Genetics: Scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Olin 213.

BIOL 244 Physiological Dynamics in Animal and Plants: Scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Olin 213.

CHEM 116 Introductory Chemistry: Help Sessions with student tutors are scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Olin 302.

CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry: Scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Collins 105.

The Economics Department provides drop-in tutoring for ECON 230 Economic Statistics on Thursday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm in Smullin 222.  

MATH 140 Modeling with Calculus: Help Sessions with student preceptors are scheduled each week Sunday 3:00-10:00 pm, Monday - Thursday 7:00-10:00 pm. All held in Ford 201.

The Math Department provides drop-in tutoring 6:30-9:30 pm Sunday-Thursday in the Math Hearth on the 2nd floor of Ford. Students in MATH 151, 152, 153, 249 and higher are all invited to use the Math Hearth tutoring service.

PHIL 140 Symbolic Logic: Recitation Sessions are scheduled: Wednesday mornings 9:00-10:00 am in Eaton 308; Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm in Eaton 307; Thursday evenings 6:00-7:00 pm in Eaton 307.

The Physics Department provides drop-in tutoring 7:30-9:30 pm Sunday-Thursday in the Physics Hearth on the 3rd floor of Collins.

Students wanting individual tutors are expected to have met with their professors outside of class and (when group sessions are available) to have attended at least three group sessions. Students are also encouraged to form their own study groups. Requests for tutors (individual or small group) will be considered by the Director of Academic Support in consultation with the professor. An appointment with the Director of Academic Support is usually required.

How Our Program Works

When you submit the Tutor Request form, we contact the professor of your course and ask the professor to recommend possible tutors. Sometimes professors suggest advanced students who have previously taken the course in which you are enrolled.  In other cases, they may suggest students who are currently enrolled in the course and doing particularly well.  When faculty respond with names of possible tutors, we email the students they have recommended to ask if the student is interested in tutoring. (On occasion no one qualified is available to tutor.)  We then select a student to serve as your tutor.  Once a pairing has been set up, tutors and students develop a tutoring schedule that works for their individual needs.  Tutors are paid for up to 2 hours per week per student, and they can work with more than one student at a time if the students are willing. 

Please note that new tutors matches are not made during the last week of a semester. Tutoring ends with the last day of instruction. Tutors are not expected to work during finals.

Other Questions or Concerns?

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