The Academic Success Center (ASC) recommends that students seeking course-specific help and assistance visit our Waldo 125 space to talk with an ASC Strategist. There are many tutoring options available at OSU and an ASC Strategist can help students to identify next steps based on their situation, needs and interests. 

Generally, what’s available?

  • The Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio is located in the Valley Library on the main floor, and provides space for you to work on your writing AND to receive writing support throughout the writing process. Writing consultants are ready to discuss your work and provide guidance in next steps. You don’t need an appointment, and can visit individually or as a group.
  • Academic Coaches can help you develop your approach to a course regardless of the subject area you’re studying. You get to talk with someone for 50 minutes about the academic experience you’re having, and think aloud with someone to clarify what’s working, what you’d like to change, and techniques that you can try moving forward.  
  • Some departments set up organized office hours or tutoring provided by TAs in a drop-in setting:
    • The Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center provides Math and Statistics support in Kidder Hall 108.
    • The Mole Hole provides general chemistry support in the Valley Library on the 3rd floor.
    • The Vole Hole provides extra support for biology courses (see your Canvas course site for details).
    • The Worm Hole provides general Physics support to students throughout the week (except Friday & Saturday).
    • The Economics Undergraduate Lab/Tutoring provides free tutoring to students in lower-division Economics courses and is located in Bexell Hall, room 100H.
  • You can also search your 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.

               

  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program offered through the ASC, and provides students with group study tables for challenging courses. SI isn’t offered for all courses, and you can view the list of currently-supported courses on the SI website. 
  • 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 women’s academic excellence in the sciences. For a comprehensive list of academic resources, visit http://experience.oregonstate.edu/resources, and in the “What are you looking for?” filter, choose Academic Success.

        

In addition to the above resources, consider the following as you seek academic support:

Office hours. Professors, instructors and graduate teaching assistants often indicate office hours on their syllabi.  Instructors are here to support students and to help them succeed, and Office Hours are set aside for students to meet with them 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 some strategies and tips on how to make the most of office hours (and how to leave when you’re finished!), check out our Office Hours Infographic, or take a look at these ideas.

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, connect with our ASC Strategists in Waldo 125, and/or follow this link: How to Conduct a Successful Study Group

Private Tutoring.  If you’re 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 ASC 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’re part of these programs, please check with the program coordinator or your academic counselor for more information.