Currently, there is no centralized tutoring service at Oregon State University. The Academic Success Center recommends that students who are seeking course specific help and assistance review the options below and pursue some of these options based on their situation.

What is available?

  • Supplemental Instruction through the Academic Success Center provides group study tables for challenging courses. You can view the list of currently-supported courses on the SI website. 
  • The Writing Center and Academic Coaching are resources which are not specific to any class but can be helpful regardless of the subject area you are studying.  
  • Some departments set up organized office hours or tutoring provided by TAs in a drop-in setting. One example of this is the Math Learning Center. Please browse the Academic Resources page on our website for a list of study help. You can also search the departmental website for information on any tutoring provided by the department. For example, if you type “econ tutoring” into the OSU search field, the top result provides information from the Economics department on finding tutoring for Economics classes.
  • Some student organizations and academic Greek organizations provide tutoring in related course areas. Examples include Beta Alpha Psi, a scholastic and professional accounting organization in the College of Business, and Sigma Delta Omega, a Greek organization that focuses on academic excellence in the sciences. Find related student organizations

Office hours. Professors, instructors and graduate teaching assistants often indicate office hours on their syllabi.  This time is set aside for students to ask questions, to get clarification on assignments or exams, and to discuss course topics. Your instructor or graduate teaching assistant is the best source for course-related information and clarification. For advice or information on making the most of office hours, follow this link: Using Office Hours Effectively.

Online tutoring for E-Campus classes. For students taking courses online, E-Campus offers tutoring through a service called NetTutoring.  These tutoring sessions take place online on virtual whiteboards. For more information and a list of tutored subjects, please visit the E-Campus Tutoring webpage

Study Groups. Study groups can be one of the most effective ways to learn course material and prepare for exams. Effective study groups give students the opportunity to practice with and teach each other course concepts. For information on how to organize a successful study group, follow this link: How to Conduct a Successful Study Group

Private Tutoring.  If you are interested in finding a tutor and paying for tutoring yourself, please keep in mind a few guidelines. While private tutors can be quite proficient in the subject area, they may not be trained or supervised by a university department.  We recommend using sound judgment when pursuing private tutoring. The Academic Success Center does not coordinate private tutoring sessions, but we can provide you with some advice on how to proceed if you choose to hire a private tutor: How to Hire a Tutor.

Additional resources. Some campus programs provide tutoring to students supported by their programs. Educational Opportunities Program, CAMP, TRiO Student Support Services, Academics for Student Athletes, LSAMP, and other programs may have tutoring available for program participants. If you are part of these programs, please check with the program coordinator or your academic counselor for more information.