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Learning Support Services
221 Academic Resources Center (ARCenter)
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: 831.459.4333
Fax: 831.459.3047
Office Hours:
M-F 9:00am-6:00pm

Whether you are struggling in a course or you are doing well, there is never a case when you cannot benefit from a tutor!


7 Digit Student ID Required

Tutor signups are closed for the quarter

Spring tutor sign-ups will begin at 10:00am on Tues., April 8th.

The tutoring sign-up system will close at 5:00pm on Friday, May 23rd.

Please be sure to seek tutoring as early as possible!

To sign-up, click the yellow button above.

Peer tutoring

Drop-in Writing Tutoring is available to all students

Drop-in Writing Begins: Monday, January 13th
Monday - Thursday
3pm to 6pm

Location: ARCenter 216

Students may sign up for a 30 minute appointment slot by calling Learning Support Services at (831) 459-4333 before 2:00pm the day of the session. 

CalculatorDrop-in Math Tutoring is available to all students

Drop-in Math Begins:
Tuesday, January 14th
Tuesday - Thursday
4pm to 8pm

Location: McHenry 1279

MATH 2, 3, 11A, 11B, 19A, 19B, 22, 23A, 23B

How to Get a Tutor

To get a tutor, you must enter the Online Tutor Sign-up System(OTSS), a portal for students to create and manage their tutoring accounts. If you are new to this system, you will have to register. Once registered, OTSS will enable you to log-on, search and view your tutoring services! If you need help signing up for a tutor please follow the instructions here.






We anticipate that we will be supporting the following classes in Spring 2014:

  • AMS 10, 20, 80A
  • ANTH 2, 102A
  • ASTR 2
  • BIOC 100C
  • BIOE 20C, 107, 129
  • BIOL 80A, 100K, 110, 180
  • BME 5, 80H, 160
  • CHEM 1M, 1N, 109, 151A, 151L
  • CHIN 3, 6
  • CMPE 13, 80N
  • CMPS 5P, 10, 109
  • EART 10, 20
  • ECON 10B, 110, 119, 133
  • EDUC 60
  • EE 103, 171
  • ENVS 23
  • FILM 20B, 80S
  • FMST 100, 112
  • FREN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • GERM 1B, 3, 6
  • HAVC 151
  • HIS 10B
  • ITAL 1B, 3, 6
  • JAPN 3, 6
  • LALS 80Q
  • LING 80C, 101, 111, 113
  • LIT 1, 101
  • LTIN 100, 102
  • MATH 23B, 24, 100, 103A, 105B
  • OCEA 80A, 80B
  • PHIL 11, 80M
  • PHYS 110B, 116B, 139A
  • POLI 70, 120C
  • PORT 65A
  • PSYC 20, 40, 100, 166, 170
  • RUSS 3
  • SOCY 103B
  • SPAN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5M, 6
  • TIM 50

A list of courses that LSS anticipates supporting with tutoring in Fall 2014

A list of courses that LSS anticipates supporting with tutoring in Winter 2015

Wait List Email for students to send Tutors

Writing Tutoring

Writing tutoring is also available from Learning Support Services through OTSS. However, assistance for Writing 20, 21, 23 and Core are set-up by your instructor, not through OTSS. Please see your instructor for more details about these specific courses.

Tutoring for MSI Supported Classes (Limited)

Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI)/Tutoring Learning combination is available for students who regularly attend MSI and also want tutoring.

Courses supported with MSI:

  • AMS 5, 7, 11A, 11B,
  • ASTR 3
  • BIOE 20B*
  • BIOL 20A, 100, 110*, 105*, 115, 135
  • CHEM 1A*, 1B*, 1C*, 108B
  • CMPE 12, 16, 100
  • CMPS 11, 12A, 12B, 101
  • EART 110C
  • ECON 1, 2, 100A, 100B, 113
  • LALS 100B
  • MATH 3*, 11A, 11B, 19A, 19B, 22, 23A
  • MUSC 30C
  • PHYS 5C, 6A, 6B, 6C*
  • PSYC 1*, 2, 10, 181

You must complete the following process to access this service.

  1. Attend MSI weekly throughout the quarter.
  2. Complete the Tutor Request Form.
  3. Have the MSI Learning Assistant sign the Tutor Request Form.
  4. Return the Tutor Request Form to ARC 221
  5. Register on the On-line Tutor Signup System (OTSS)
  6. Ask a LSS staff person to make OTSS tutoring available to you
  7. If approved, sign-up for a subject tutor on OTSS

Questions and Comments

Please contact Learning Support Services at 459-4333 with any questions, comments, or problems, or come by the Learning Support Services office at the Academic Resources Center (ARCenter) if you need assistance with the on-line tutor sign-up system.

Tutoring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I sign-up for tutoring?

Log-in to the OTSS student portal. Students will need to register with OTSS each quarter.

What can I expect from my tutoring sessions?

The tutoring sessions are meant to be interactive. You can expect to participate: to ask and to answer questions, to clarify important concepts and to develop study strategies that are important for your discipline. Sessions meet weekly for one hour.

Who is eligible for tutoring?

All UCSC students are eligible for up to 1 hour per week of tutoring, as long that the class is not supported by MSI.

When can I sign up for a tutor?

Sign-ups are done on-line on the OTSS Student Portal. If you are a first time user, you will need to register. Sign-ups begin during the second full week of the quarter.

Is the tutoring one-on-one or with a group?

Each tutoring session is set to 4 students, but may increase up to 6 students if space is needed. One-on-one tutoring is only availble for writing sessions and students with DRC accommodations.

Who are the tutors?

All of our tutors are undergraduate students in good academic standing who have received a B or better in the class that they are tutoring. In addition, each tutor is required to participate in quarterly training.

How much tutoring can I receive?

You may receive one hour of tutoring per week in each class that you are taking.

Is there drop-in tutoring?

Generally, no. When you sign up for a tutor using OTSS you are making a commitment to attend the session each week. (After you missing two sessions your tutor will drop you from the session.) We do offer drop-in tutoring for Writing at the ARC Mon-Thur from 3-6pm. We also offer drop-in math tutoring for MATH 2, 3, 11A, 11B, 19A, 19B, 22, 23A, and 23B Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at McHenry Library 1279.

If I am receiving tutoring, do I need to attend lecture or section?

Absolutely! Our services are supplemental and are meant to help you develop your understanding of the course material. You will get much more out of your sessions if you attend lecture and section regularly.

What if when I sign-up on the OTSS system there are no tutors available for my class?

If there are no available tutors for your class, OTSS will prompt you to add your name to the waitlist. Then it is a two part process: 1) You need to check in with your professor, TA and peers to see if they have a recommendation for a tutor. Also, check in with Learning Support Services regularly. 2) We will contact our current employees and applicants to see if they can fulfill your waitlist request.

What if I find a tutor for my class but I can’t meet at the times listed?

If there is a tutor available for your class but you cannot attend any of the times listed, you can come into our office to request the tutor's contact information. You can then contact the tutor to see if you are able to coordinate a time that works for the both of you.

Are there any requirements for attending tutoring?

Tutoring is only a supplement to your attending lecture, section, Professor and TA office hours, and completing reading and homework assignments.

How do I contact my tutor?

After you sign up for a session, you will receive an automatic email with your tutor’s contact information. The tutor should contact you within 24 hours. If you have any problems contacting your tutor, please contact Learning Support Services at 831-459-4333.

Where are the tutoring sessions held?

All tutoring sessions are held on campus in an academic setting. Tutoring sessions cannot be held in dorm rooms, dorm lounges, or cafes with music. There is space available at the Academic Resources Center and at the Oakes Learning Center. Your tutor gets to decide the exact location of the tutoring session. We encourage you to have your first meeting at the Academic Resources Center (ARC).

What if I have to cancel a session?

Please give your tutor at least 24 hours advanced notice if you need to cancel a session. If you miss two sessions without giving the tutor proper notice, you will be dropped form that session.

What if I need reschedule my tutoring session?

If it is a permanent change, check on the OTSS system for another available session you may be able to make. If it is a temporary change, you can check with your tutor to see if he/she can accommodate your request. Please be respectful of your tutor’s schedule and time commitments.

What if I no longer need or want to meet with my tutor?

Please call our office at 831-459-4333 to be removed from your session.

What if I am having problem with my tutor?

Please contact our office at 831-459-4333 and we will assist you.

Does tutoring happen during Finals Week?

Tutoring ends the last week of instruction unless you make specific arrangements with your tutor to meet during Finals Week.

What if I need special accommodations during my tutoring sessions?

Please contact Learning Support Services and the DRC and we will coordinate appropriate accommodations.

How do I become a tutor?

Please visit the Student Job Listings page for more information.