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. When such group help is offered (as it is for CHEM 115, MATH 140, and PHIL 140), students are required to attend at least three of the group sessions before individual tutoring is considered.
Most sessions start Sunday, January 24, 2016. For all Help Sessions and individual tutoring provided by the Academic Support program, the last day of tutoring is the last day of class (May 3, 2016). (This is so that tutors can focus on their own finals.)
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: Peer Led tutorials are scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Collins 318.
The Economics Department provides drop-in tutoring for ECON 230 Economic Statistics on Wednesday 7:00-9:00 pm in Smullin 159.
MATH 140 Modeling with Calculus: Help Sessions with student preceptors are scheduled each week Sunday 6:00-9:00 pm, Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm. All held in Ford 201.
The Math Department provides drop-in tutoring each week Sunday-Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm 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.
The Math Department is providing a tutor for Professor Otto's MATH 151/152 course Sunday and Tuesday 8:00-9:00 pm in Ford 204.
The Math Department is providing a tutor for Professor Starr's MATH 152/153 course Sunday and Wednesday 6:30-8:00 pm in the Math Hearth.
PHIL 140 Symbolic Logic: Recitation Sessions will be each week Wednesday-Thursday 7:00-8:00pm in Eaton 311.
The Physics Department provides drop-in tutoring each week Sunday-Thursday 7:30-9:30 pm in the Physics Hearth on the 3rd floor of Collins.
Students in statistics courses -- IDS 138 Intro to Applied Statistics, IDS 139 Quantitative Reasoning, MATH 138 Statistics, other PSYC and SOC courses -- should go to the QUAD Center in Smullin 224 for assistance.
A tutor is available for Matthews Hall residents on Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm in the Matthews Hall first-floor lounge. Courses to be tutored: BIOL 130, CHEM 116, MATH 249, MATH 251W, PHYS 221, and PHYS 222.
Students wanting individual tutors are required to meet with their professors outside of class and (when group sessions are available) to attend 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.
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