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.
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 links below.
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 Yale College Writing Center 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 www.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.
Resident Math/Science Tutor
: 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 www.yale.edu/mstutor
. Any student may seek help from the Resident Math/Science tutor in any residential colleges.
Tutoring in Foreign Languages
: The process for asking for a foreign language tutor is described at www.cls.yale.edu/tutoring
. A tutor is available to anyone enrolled in a foreign language (regardless of the grade or anticipated grade in that course).
Individually Assigned Tutors for QR and Science Courses: This tutoring is also free of charge. The form to request a tutor is available in the residential college deans’ offices.
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.