SOS! Tutoring and Other Learning Assistance

The following programs offer you help to improve your course work through tutoring, workshops, courses, and individual conferences. This directory collects information in one place for convenient reference.

Office Hours

The University's most prized service is the faculty office hour where instructors in every department can routinely help you to:

  • increase your understanding of a course
  • improve your study techniques
  • assess your knowledge of course content
  • explore approaches to an assignment
  • review course material and solve problems
  • identify sources of further help
  • plan academic and career goals
  • Instructors welcome the opportunity to confer with students about their work, but often it is up to you, the student, to initiate such a meeting.

    You will find faculty office hours identified in the course syllabus, posted outside faculty office doors, and listed in the department office. If you are in doubt about the time or place, ask the instructor. It is always a good idea to arrange your meeting in advance, when possible. Most instructors observe regular office hours; others meet students by appointment; many do both. Many instructors also use e-mail as a way of keeping in touch with their students.

    Course Preparation

    The Student Learning Center

    Many majors offer tutoring through the Student Learning Center in SSC 340. Specific tutoring is arranged by appointment. Hours are: M-Th 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and F 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Tutoring Lab in Accounting: For students in ACCT 201 and ACCT 202, tutoring is provided by accounting mentors, GLNN 206. Call for drop-in hours.

    Student Learning Center: For students in accounting and business administration, tutoring is by appointment, SSC 340.

    Anthropology

    Anthropology tutoring and peer advising services for students in undergraduate anthropology courses or those considering a career in anthropology. The services are offered by appointment and provided by members of the faculty, advanced undergraduates and graduate students, as well as those active in the Chico Anthropological Society. For services call 898-6192.

    Biology

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in biology courses, tutoring is by appointment, SSC 340.

    Business

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in business administration, tutoring is by appointment, SSC 340.

    Chemistry

    Chemistry Tutoring Lab: For students in lower-division chemistry courses, drop-in tutoring by members of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. Hours posted in PHSC 309.

    Student Learning Center: For students in chemistry courses, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Computer Science

    Tutoring Sessions: For students in computer science courses, tutoring is available as a free service from various student organizations within the department, such as the UPE Honor Society and the ACM Student Chapter. Please go to the department office, OCNL 215, for more information.

    Economics

    Exceptional majors in economics provide tutoring and peer advising services for students enrolled in economics courses. Drop by the Economics Conference Room, BUTE 603, or phone 898-6141 for scheduling information.

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in ECON courses, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Engineering

    Tutoring Sessions: For all engineering students, tutoring by Tau Beta Pi members. Please go to the appropriate engineering department office for more information.

    English

    See-"Skills Preparation: Writing"

    Foreign Languages

    Student Learning Center:

    Tutoring is available by appointment in SSC 340, for French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

    Geological and Environmental Sciences

    Tutoring Service: For students in undergraduate geology, geoscience, and environmental science courses; tutoring by appointment provided by members of the Chico Geosciences Students (CGS, PHSC 111).

    History

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in undergraduate history courses, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Mathematics Tutorial Lab: For students with course-related math problems, refresher information, explanation of concepts and opportunity for further practice. Drop-in tutoring service provided by student tutors. Inquire in the mathematics department, HOLT 291, for time and place.

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in undergraduate courses requiring mathematics, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Multicultural and Gender Studies

    MCGS faculty provide academic and student organization advising, financial, and logistical support for student-sponsored speakers and events.

    Music

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in music theory courses, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Philosophy

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in philosophy, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Physical Education and Exercise Science

    Please come by YOLO 243, or call the department office at 898-6373 for peer advising information.

    Physics

    Physics Tutoring Service: For students in lower-division physics courses, drop-in tutoring service provided by volunteer student tutors. Hours posted in PHSC 110 or online.

    Student Learning Center:

    For students in undergraduate physics courses, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Political Science

    Public Law peer advising by student interns at CLIC (W. 2nd and Cherry) 898-4354. Legal Studies peer advising by student interns, Pre-Law Society and CLIC, 898-4354.

    Student Learning Center: For undergraduate students in political science courses, tutoring by appointment, MLIB 458.

    Psychology

    Student Learning Center: For students in undergraduate psychology courses, tutoring by appointment, MLIB 458.

    Religious Studies

    For details see Religious Studies advisor Kate McCarthy, TRNT 237, 898-4485.

    Skills Preparation

    Writing

    The Student Learning Center: For students in any course requiring writing, including specialized assistance for ESL writers. Not a proofreading service, but a writing assistance program to help you with:

    understanding writing assignments

    producing any writing: short essays, business letters, term papers, master's theses

    developing lively and important ideas, organizing them effectively, and supporting them with well-chosen specifics

    writing clearly and with conviction

    Mathematics

    Mathematics Tutorial Lab: For students with course-related mathematics problems. Refresher information, explanation of concepts, opportunity for further practice. Drop-in service provided by student tutors. Inquire in the mathematics department, HOLT 291.

    Student Learning Center: For students in courses requiring mathematics, tutoring by appointment, SSC 340.

    Study Skills Tutoring

    Student Learning Center (SLC): For students seeking to improve skills in reading, test-taking, concentration, memory, or time management. Tutoring by appointment.

    Study Skills Workshops

    The Student Learning Center sponsors specialized workshops for students in the following areas. Check at SSC 340 for the schedule.

  • Memory and Concentration Strategies
  • Motivation
  • Note-taking Styles
  • Reading Strategies
  • Test Anxiety Reduction
  • Test-taking Strategies
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic program that increases student performance and retention. Students learn valuable skills such as note-taking, organization, and test preparation in a collaborative setting. The SI program targets traditionally difficult academic courses and provides regularly scheduled out-of-class sessions. The SI instructors receive extensive training in methodology before leading the workshops and must demonstrate superior comprehension of the course. For more information, contact the Student Learning Center, 898-6839. Selected course offerings are subject to change.