Programs & Services
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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
Summer 2013 Tutor Sign-ups will begin Monday, June 24th. In order to sign-up click the yellow button above.
Fall 2013: Drop-in Writing Tutoring
is available for all students
Drop-in or call to schedule an appointment 831-459-4333. Appointments can be scheduled until 2 PM the day of the session.
Drop-in Writing Tutoring at the ARC begins: Monday, October 7th and continues through the last week of instruction.
Monday through Thursday
3pm to 6:pm
All sessions are at the ARCenter (2nd floor).
Drop-in Math Tutoring
is available for all students for Fall 2013
For Math 2, 3, 11A, 11B, 19A, 19B, 22, 23A, 23B
Drop-in Math Tutoring for Fall Begins:
Tuesday, October 8th and continues through the last week of instruction.
Tuesday through Thursday
McHenry Library, room 1279
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
Details and Restrictions
We anticipate that we will be supporting the following classes in Summer 2013:
Summer Session I
- AMS 5
- BIOE 20B
- BIOL 100, 110
- CHEM 1A, 1C 108A
- ECON 1, 11A, 100A, 113
- Math 3, 11A, 19A
- PSYC 1, 2, 10
- SOCY 1, 15, 103A, 105A
Summer Session II
- AMS 5, 7
- BIOE 20C
- BIOL 20A, 105
- CHEM 1B, 108B
- ECON 2,11B, 100B
- Math 2, 3, 11B, 19B
- PHIL 9
- SOCY 10,103B
Summer Session 8-week session
- CMPE 16
- CMPS 12B , 101
Summer Session 10-week program
- PHYS 6A, 6C
We anticipate that we will be supporting the following classes in Spring 2013:
- AMS 10, 15B, 20A, 131
- ANTH 2
- ASTR 5
- BIOC 100C
- BIOE 20C, 20L, 107, 129
- BIOL 100K, 110
- BME 5, 80H
- CHEM 1M, 1N, 109, 110, 151A, 163C
- CLEI 81C
- CMPE 3, 7, 80N
- CMPS 5P, 10, 109
- EART 3, 10, 65
- ECON 10B, 110, 119, 131
- EDUC 60
- EE 103, 171
- FILM 20B, 80S
- FMST 100
- FREN 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
- GERM 1B, 3
- HAVC 155
- HIS 70B
- ITAL 3
- JAPN 3, 6
- LALS 80Q
- LING 101, 111, 113
- LIT 1, 101
- LTIN 100, 103
- MATH 21, 23A, 23B, 24, 100, 103A, 117
- MUSC 101B
- OCEA 80A, 80B
- PHIL 11, 22
- PHYS 2, 110B, 116B, 139A
- POLI 3, 20, 70, 160C
- PORT 65A
- PSYC 20, 60, 65, 100, 102, 166, 170
- RUSS 3
- SOCY 1, 103B
- SPAN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
- THEA 61C
- TIM 50
A list of courses that LSS anticipates serving in Fall 2013
A list of courses that LSS anticipates serving in Winter 2014
Wait List Email for students to send Tutors
Writing tutoring is also available from Learning Support Services through OTSS. However,
assistance for Writing 20, 21, 23 and CORE (non-ELWR satisfied sections) are set-up by your instructor, not through OTSS.
Please see your instructor for more details about these specific courses.
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.