Academic assistance is available for most courses. Success follows from consistent effort and engagement with course material. Before you seek tutoring, talk to your professor!

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.

Help Sessions

Spring 2017

Most sessions start Sunday, January 22, 2017. 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 1, 2017). (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, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Olin 302. (Wednesday sessions cancelled due to low attendance.)

CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry: Peer Led tutorials are scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm in Collins 318.

The Computer Science Department provides drop-in tutoring for their CS classes on Tuesdays 7:00-10:00 pm, Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 pm, and Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm. All in Ford 202.

The Economics Department provides drop-in tutoring for ECON 230 Economic Statistics on Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 pm in Ford 202.

MATH 140 Modeling with Calculus: Help Sessions with student preceptors are scheduled each week Sunday 6:00-9:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm. All 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 provides a tutor for each MATH 151/152 Accelerated Calculus class. The tutoring for MATH 151/152.01 (Richard Moy) is Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, 7:00-9:00 pm, in Ford 224.

The Math Department provides a tutor for each MATH 249 Multivariable Calculus class. The tutoring for MATH 249.01 (Colin Starr) is Wednesday nights, 6:00-9:00 pm, in the Math Hearth (Ford 2nd floor). 

PHIL 140 Symbolic Logic: Recitation Sessions are scheduled each week, Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, and Sundays, 2:00-3:00 pm, both held in Eaton 209. 

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, 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.

Other Questions or Concerns?

Please contact academicsupport@willamette.edu.