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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. 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’s available?
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.