The Academic Success Center (ASC) recommends that students seeking course-specific help and assistance talk with an ASC Strategist by dropping into our Waldo Hall 125 space, connecting via Live Chat on our website, emailing, or phoning (--> check our right sidebar). Strategists are not tutors, but they can help students locate course specific support on campus, and will refer them to those resources. 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 tutoring is available?

We encourage you to use the following links to visit the resource/support you’re interested in and to learn more about their options to connect and get help:

For Any Course:

  • The Writing Center supports students working on any type of writing task. Studio and graduate writing consultants are available via Zoom, email or telephone appointments through Online Writing Support.
  • Academic Coaches are here to help you make plans and meet goals! Coaching appointments are 45-minute one-on-one sessions for you to talk about your learning strategies and can help you adapt your approach to your coursework and needs. Schedule an in-person, phone or video session here.
  • The Valley Library has a lot of resources and services, from an “Ask Us” online reference desk to technology you can check out to assistance from subject librarians and reference consultants. It’s not technically “tutoring” but all students can utilize this resource and benefit from the team of library folks and all the information they have to share!
  • IT Service Desk is OSU’s central hub for technical support. You can reach them via phone (541-737-8787) or through their “Help Ticket” web form. They serve all students and there is no cost.

Subject or Course Specific Help

General Resources

In addition to the above resources, consider the following avenues for academic support:

Office hours. Details for how to engage in office hours (whether in-person or remote) will be available on your course syllabi in Canvas. Professors, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are here to support you and to help you succeed, and Office Hours are specific times set aside each week for you to ask questions, get clarification on assignments or exams, and discuss course topics. Your instructor or graduate teaching assistant is the best source for course-related information and clarification, and for content learning strategies. For some strategies and tips on how to make the most of office hours, remote or otherwise, check out our Office Hours Infographic, or take a look at these ideas.

Online tutoring for ECampus classes. For students taking courses through Ecampus (different from Corvallis/Cascades remote classes), ECampus offers tutoring through a service called TutorMe.  These tutoring sessions take place online on virtual whiteboards. For more information and a list of tutored subjects, please visit the ECampus 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 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. Given the recommendations for social distancing, look to work with a tutor who is willing to provide tutoring sessions via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or another virtual platform.

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.