Using tutoring resources?  My college writing tutor was incredibly flexible and helpful. Whether I was planning or outlining my paper or wanted a fresh set of eyes to scan the final draft, she was open to appointments almost anytime. Also, as a sophomore, you may be writing application essays for majors, programs, and fellowships. She has seen plenty of these over the years and has a good sense of what works and what doesn’t.

I wish I had asked for tutoring sooner than I did. I think I was too proud and stubborn to admit that I needed extra help.

Tutoring Resources

Yale College provides tutoring in a range of academic subjects, from drop-in and one-time appointments to long-term individual assistance, depending on need. For more information about requesting or becoming a tutor, consult the Center for Teaching and Learning, http://ctl.yale.edu/tutoring.


Resident Writing Tutor: Each residential college has a Writing Tutor with an office in the college and regular office hours, which are posted under Tutoring on the Center for Teaching and Learning website.  Students may use the “Make an Appointment with Your College Tutor” link to schedule an appointment.  Yale College students may seek the help and advice of any writing tutor in any residential college.
Writing Partners at the Writing Center: Drop-in tutoring with writing partners is available during afternoon and evening hours.  See the hours at http://ctl.yale.edu/writing .  Writing Partners are undergraduate or graduate students selected both for their writing skills and for their ability to talk about writing. Writing partners do not read papers before the appointment, so they will often focus on the beginning of a student’s text or other short sections that the student knows need help. Still, since many writing problems show up in the first two pages of a paper, this kind of tutoring can be very effective.

Science, QR or Math

Residential College Math and Science Tutoring Program: Each residential college has a Resident Math/Science Tutor with an office in the college and regular office hours. The schedules, department and other specialties (including economics) of all the residential college math and science tutors are posted at http://ctl.yale.edu/tutoring/quantitative-reasoning-science. Any student may seek help from the Resident Math/Science tutor in any residential colleges.
Science and QR Tutoring Program: The Science and QR Tutoring Program offers one-on-one tutoring to students who are experiencing academic difficulty in a specific course. Tutoring is provided in all areas of math and science as well as in economics.

Any student enrolled in Yale College and experiencing academic difficulty is eligible for up to ten hours of tutoring per course each semester through the program. For eligibility purposes, academic difficulty is defined as currently earning or likely to earn a grade of “C+” or below in a course.Tutors are advanced undergraduate, graduate, or professional school students. These members of the Yale community are invited to apply to be a tutor (please see “Applying to Be a Tutor” below). Tutors in the program have a demonstrated expertise in the subject area they wish to instruct and experience communicating relevant related material.The Tutoring Program assumes the cost of tutoring. If more than ten hours are needed, the student may request additional time from the Program Coordinator. Normally, additional sessions are limited to no more than five hours.

Requesting a tutor

Students requesting a tutor may print an application here or obtain one from the Science and Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring Office located in HGS 138. The student must complete part “A” and the instructor must complete part “B.” Completed applications should be submitted to the Science & QR Tutoring Office, HGS 138. Assignment of tutors is made by the Program Coordinator and, whenever possible, will be made within one week of receipt of the application. Students and tutors are notified of the assignment by email. Students should contact the tutor as soon as they receive the email assignment. Sessions are scheduled by the tutor and student at a mutually convenient time and place, although all students must be tutored on campus. Please note that the assignment of a tutor cannot be guaranteed when a request is received after midterm.

Foreign Languages

Tutoring in Foreign Languages: The Yale Foreign Language Tutoring Program offers 10 hours of language tutoring and practice to every undergraduate who is enrolled in a language course  (regardless of the grade or anticipated grade in that course). The tutors themselves are Yale undergraduates who have been approved by language departments and faculty. The process for asking for a foreign language tutor is described at http://ctl.yale.edu/tutoring/foreign-language.

Other Tutoring or Academic Support Programs

Tutoring in Departments:  Some departments offer tutoring, individually or in groups.  Students should check with their instructors or the relevant Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Course-Based Peer Tutors:  Course-based peer tutor are sometimes available in QR or SC courses.  These tutors are provided in addition to other resources (such as the faculty member and teaching fellows) associated with the course. Course-based peer tutors are undergraduates who, in most cases, have previously taken the course.  They attend lectures and are available to students in the course for one-on-one and small-group tutoring. These tutors are overseen by the course instructor.  
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