Academic Support

Tutoring

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 Semester 2014

CHEM 110 Chemical Concepts and Applications: Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm in the Learning Commons, Ford 124.

CHEM 116 Introductory Chemistry: All in Collins 102, are scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm. 

CHEM 226/228 Organic Chemistry: All in Collins 105, are scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm.

MATH 140 Modeling with Calculus: Help Sessions with student preceptors, all in Ford 204, are scheduled each week Sunday 3:00-10:00 pm, Monday 7:00-9:00 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7:00-10:00 pm.

MATH 251W Foundations of Advanced Mathematics: Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 pm and Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm through the end of April, in the Learning Commons, Ford 124.

The Economics Department provides evening drop-in tutoring for their courses. Sessions for Spring 2014 will be posted soon.

PHIL 140 Symbolic Logic: the Recitation Sessions are scheduled Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm and Friday 2:30-3:30 pm, both in Eaton 106.

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. 

Other Questions or Concerns?

Please contact academicsupport@willamette.edu.