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 116, MATH 140, and PHIL 140), students are required to attend at least three of the group sessions before individual tutoring is considered.
Help Sessions, Recitations, Tutorials - Spring 2019
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 6, 2019). (This is so that tutors can focus on their own finals.)
CHEM 116 General Chemistry II : Help Sessions with student tutors are generally scheduled each week. All sessions are 7-9 pm, and are on Sundays through Thursdays in Olin 302.
CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry I: Peer Led tutorials are generally scheduled each week. Sessions are Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 7-9 pm in Collins 308.
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry : Sessions are on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm in Olin 302.
The Computer Science Department provides drop-in tutoring for their CS classes. Lab Tutors are available for CS 141, 345, and 351 on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm and on Thursdays and Sundays from 7-9 pm in Ford 202.
The Economics Department provides drop-in tutoring for ECON 230 Economic Statistics. Drop in tutoring is available on Sundays from 3-5 pm in Ford 201.
MATH 140 Modeling with Calculus: Help Sessions with student preceptors are generally scheduled each week. Sessions are Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7-9 pm in Ford 201.
MATH 249, 251, & 253: Sessions are on Sundays from 4-6 pm and Thursdays from 5-7 pm in Ford 222.
PHIL 140 Symbolic Logic: Recitation Sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 pm in Eaton 311.
The Physics Department provides drop-in tutoring each weekly in the Physics Hearth on the 3rd floor of Collins. Hours are 7:30-9:30 pm Sunday-Thursday.
Students in statistics courses -- IDS 138 Intro to Applied Statistics, MATH 138 Statistics, other PSYC and SOC courses -- use the QUAD Center in Smullin 224 for assistance.
The Writing Center is available for help with all writing assignments.
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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