What is the Summer Tutor Program?
The Summer Tutor Program (STP) offers FREE tutoring and academic workshops to students enrolled in Stanford’s Summer Quarter. Tutors facilitate a large number of weekly drop-in group tutoring sessions in a wide range of subject areas, as well as specialized academic workshops based on students' needs. Tutoring sessions focus on the summer courses being offered in Summer Quarter.
The Summer Tutor Program is located in the Lathrop Library Tech Lounge, rooms 149 and 150.
How do I get tutoring?
The primary way to take advantage of our tutoring services is to simply drop in! We publish our schedule weekly here on the website and send it out to students via email every week. Simply look at the schedule identify the appropriate session/s, and stop by at any time during that window. Students do not need to arrive at the beginning of a session and don’t need to stay for the entire time. Students do not need to make a formal request or sign up in advance.
If you can't find a scheduled group session that fits your needs and interests, please contact us using our 2017 Student Tutoring Request Form and tell us more about what you're looking for. We'll reach out to you directly to see how we can help.
Check out the tutoring schedule now! Put us in your calendar so that you don't miss an opportunity for assistance.
What kind of tutoring does the Summer Tutor Program offer?
The STP offers various types of tutoring: subject-specific drop-in sessions, workshops, and individual tutoring. Click here for this week’s drop-in tutoring and workshop schedule.
Drop-in Tutoring Sessions
Drop-in tutoring at the Summer Academic Resource Center is focused on the summer quarter curriculum. The schedule for these sessions is updated every Sunday and students may "drop-in" to any session at any time. We provide support for most summer courses, but if you cannot find a drop-in session that meets your needs, please submit the 2017 Student Tutoring Request Form. If we don’t have a tutor in your particular area, we can refer you to resources on campus.
Individual Tutoring Sessions and Language Conversation Partners
If we don't have a group session that fits your needs and interests, individual tutoring may be possible.
Additionally, if you are looking for help with a specific language course, it may be possible to match you with a language conversation tutor. These are individual, one-on-one conversation sessions where you can practice speaking in the language you are learning. Please note that only students enrolled in the following courses are eligible for one-on-one language tutoring: SPANLANG 1A, 2A, 15S; FRENLANG 1A, 2A, 15S, 120S.
Please contact us using the 2017 Student Tutoring Request Form to see how we can best help you.
Workshops are offered every week in a variety of areas. Click here for this week’s workshop schedule.
Who can go to writing sessions?
Writing sessions are open for any student seeking help with a writing assignment for a summer course. This includes research papers, analytical essays, reviews, personal essays or any other type of writing. Tutors can assist students with assignments in all summer courses/departments, including (but not limited to) PWR, English, History, Anthropology, Communication, Sociology, Classics, and Film Studies.
What programs do you offer for Non-Native English speakers/ESL Students?
Non-native English speaker can come to any drop in sessions (STEM, Social Sciences, and Writing sessions). Some of our Writing sessions have an ESL focus; you can choose to go to those or to any Writing session. Some of our workshops also address topics that are particularly relevant to non-native English speakers and international students.
What workshops does STP offer?
We offer a wide range of workshops in all fields. Examples of past workshops include:
- What are the Humanities and Why Do We Study Them?
- Study Skills Workshop: Acing the Midterms
- From Topic to Thesis: Starting the Final Paper
- Study Skills for Science/Engineering Classes
- How to Think Like a Coder
What subject areas does the STP offer tutoring?
In the past, STP has offered group tutoring for the majority of subject areas with course offerings in Summer Quarter, including but not limited to:
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Chemistry (General and Organic)
- Computer Science
- Management Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Political Science
- Writing with an English Learning focus
Why does the Summer Tutor Program focus on Group Tutoring?
Quite simply: Because it works! Study after study shows that the majority of students learn best through group learning. Years of experience has also shown us that most students in Summer Quarter receive the greatest benefit from group tutoring and group study sessions. Don’t worry, though. Your tutors will advise you if they think you could benefit from some one-on-one time as well.
Our goal is to help you perform at your best while at Stanford!
Does the STP offer language tutoring?
Yes, the STP offers Language Conversation Tutoring for those enrolled in language courses during the Summer quarter. Though offerings vary depending upon tutor availability, in the past the following languages have been offered: German, Chinese, French, and Spanish.