Tutoring and Academic Support

Yale undergraduates have access to a robust system of support and advice, in the form of tutors sponsored by residential colleges, academic departments, or the Yale College Dean’s Office, as well as a variety of subject-focused centers and programs.

Tutoring Resources

Foreign Language Tutoring & Conversation Partners

There are many reasons students studying foreign language at Yale may wish to seek outside-of-class assistance. While traditionally the common model has been for a student experiencing academic difficulty to meet one-on-one with a tutor, this is not the only instance in which such help might be beneficial. For example, a student preparing to go abroad or recently returned from studying abroad might practice with a native speaker to maintain advanced-level proficiency. Or a student at the elementary or intermediate level who is not experiencing difficulty with class assignments might seek out a tutor with language experience in a particular subject area to get practice discussing a favorite topic. Likewise, students looking for conversation practice at any level might seek a conversation exchange partner (e.g. "I'll talk with you for a while in Language X, if afterward you'll talk with me in Language Y"), or even more complex practice arrangements, such as group conversation meetings.
 
For more information see Center for Language Study: Foreign Language Tutoring and Conversation Partners.

Science & Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring

Residential College Math & Science Tutoring Program

The Residential College Math and Science Tutoring Program offers tutoring at scheduled times five nights a week in the residential colleges. These tutors are available to all Yale College students on a walk-in basis. Tutoring is provided in all areas of math and science as well as in economics.

See the Residential College Math and Science Tutoring Program for additional information.

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.

Eligibility

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 Center located in SSS 20. The student must complete part "A" and the instructor must complete part "B." Completed applications should be submitted to the Science & QR Center, SSS 20. 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.

Applying to be a tutor

The Science and QR Tutoring Program provides individual tutoring to undergraduates enrolled in the College. Tutors are advanced undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. First year special students and freshmen may not be tutors. Any student interested in tutoring through the Science and QR Tutoring program must have received an "A-" or better in the course you plan to tutor or have taken a higher level course in the same subject. Applicants must also receive a recommendation from the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) or the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in the area he or she wishes to tutor. Tutors may wish to tutor in more than one subject area and will need to secure the recommendation of the DUS or DGS in the appropriate area. Graduate students should consult their DGS about any financial implications for fellowships or scholarships.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, tutors will be paid $17.00 per hour. Please note that there is no way for us to predict demand and therefore we cannot guarantee a specific number of hours.

HOW TO APPLY:

(Once we receive your Academic Reference form you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator to schedule an orientation)

TUTORS:

  • To download your Tutoring Progress Report click here.
  • To view a sample Progress Report click here.

Contact information

Frank Robinson
Coordinator

Sarah DelVecchio
Sr Administrative Assistant

Science and Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring Program
Yale College
SSS 20
New Haven CT 06520

Writing, Humanities & Social Science Tutoring

*Note: For help with Economics, contact the Science and Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring Program.

Given the challenge and variety of a Yale education, you will probably want extra help with one or more courses during your time at the College. Your first step should be to attend faculty and teaching fellow office hours. These teachers can help you get the most out of your coursework, and talking more deeply with those who are passionate about a field is one of the signal pleasures of attending a liberal arts college.

In addition to office hours, you may find that you want more focused help with one or more classes, especially when you’re exploring a new subject or are moving from introductory to advanced courses in a discipline. If you would like a second reader for one of your papers, or if you’re having trouble with a course in the humanities or social sciences, follow the instructions below to find a tutor. Depending on the course and your needs, you may be able to arrange one-time, frequent, or even weekly tutoring, free of charge.

Difficulty with writing papers

The Yale College Writing Center offers tutoring to any undergraduate who needs help starting, revising, or improving a paper. Very often getting help with a paper assignment helps you clarify your questions and ideas about the course material, too. To learn about the varieties of tutoring available for writers, please see the Writing Center website. (Unlike the tutoring described below, Writing Center help is available regardless of your grade in a course.)

Difficulty with readings, lectures, or exams

If your difficulty in a course is not related to writing papers, go to the Writing Center Web site and download and complete the form to request a course tutor. Course tutors are undergraduate and graduate students chosen both for expertise in your subject and for their helpfulness. They will meet with you one-on-one to discuss readings, lectures, and exam preparation. Please note: tutors must normally be requested before the seventh week of the term, and in order to qualify for this kind of tutoring, you must be able to demonstrate academic difficulty. (Usually, this means you are on track to receive a grade of C or lower in the course.

For more information, see the Writing Center website.

Residential College Writing Tutors

Residential College Writing Tutors, also known as Bass Writing Tutors, work in the residential colleges—you’ve probably met your college’s tutor during the freshman dinner or fireside chats with the Master or Dean. Residential College Tutors are our most experienced tutors. Many of them are professional writers, most of them have taught writing courses at Yale or other colleges, and all of them have worked with Yale students for many years. Because of this experience, tutors are familiar with many of the expectations in Yale courses and have helped students from every department with junior and senior essays, as well as with hundreds of papers from freshman and sophomore courses. Another benefit of the Residential College program is that you can develop a long-term relationship with the tutor in your college, learning how to work well together over several years. Each Residential College Tutor may have slightly different practices about preparing for appointments, but many of them will read a draft of your paper before the meeting.

For more information, see the Residential College Writing Tutors section of the Writing Center website.

Academic Support Programs

Expository Writing

The Writing Center and Journalism Initiative provide opportunities for students to strengthen writing skills. Writing Partners are Yale College or graduate school students selected for their writing skills and ability to talk about writing.

Science and Quantitative Reasoning

Tutoring in science and quantitative reasoning (QR), including economics, is provided through two programs, the Residential College Math and Science Tutoring program and the Science and QR Tutoring program. The STARS (Science, Technology and Research Scholars) Program provides undergraduates of every year with an opportunity to combine research, course-based study, and development of mentorship skills.

Foreign Languages

The Center for Language Study (CLS), located at 370 Temple Street, provides guidance and support to students of foreign languages.