General Information

A tutor can mean the difference between a passing and a non-passing grade in a subject that is difficult for you. The service is free. We are located around the side of the Library closest to the LA/SS building. We can be reached at 408-741-2038 if you have any questions (not answered by our website).

To be eligible for tutoring, you must be currently enrolled at West Valley College in the subject in which you wish to be tutored, and your class must have started to meet.

Fall 2016 Hours:
Monday through Thursday 8am to 7pm
Friday 8:30am to 2pm

To enroll in Tutoring:

  • Come in to the Tutorial/Success Center and complete a registration form.
  • Go to the Portal and enroll in the zero unit, zero cost lab LS110 (instructions available on registration form).
  • Check the schedule for available drop–in times; check back regularly, as the schedule changes frequently.
  • If needed, inquire about scheduling individual or group appointments, available on a limited basis.

Read the Student Notification

When you come in to sign up for tutoring services we will automatically enroll you in the zero unit tutoring course, Learning Services 110 (LS 110). There is no charge.

You must be enrolled in the class for which you receive tutoring. We verify the following: whether or not the class is current, the student is enrolled, and the course is taken at West Valley, not Mission. If any of the above criteria are not verifiable, tutoring may be suspended or denied. 

We will assist you in improving your skills, gaining confidence in your abilities, and getting your questions answered. Our goal for you is to become empowered in your own abilities and to strengthen them as you work with others.

You must attend all of your classes. A tutor will not read the textbook for you, nor do your homework for you. Remember that your instructor is the final authority, and that the tutors are not instructors.

Register early and get help frequently. Studies show that students who get regular assistance throughout the semester–rather than at the last minute–can significantly improve their grades.

Individual weekly appointments are available on a limited basis and for students who qualify for additional accommodations (through DESP, EOP&S, and TRIO). If you have an appointment, you must be on time! If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, it can count as a "NO-SHOW" (un-excused absence); after two no–shows, your weekly appointment may be cancelled. Please call 408.741.2038 at least 24 hours ahead if you cannot make it to your appointment.

Study Groups are an excellent way to improve comprehension of the class materials, test one's knowledge, and effectively collaborate with classmates. If at least three students from a class need assistance, we can work with you to schedule a weekly appointment. Once your group is formed and you have mutually available times in mind, please contact Jen Wagner at 408-741-2615 to inquire about scheduling an appointment. 

Please come prepared for your tutoring session. Adequate preparation includes regular class attendance and bringing your textbook (along with handouts and questions) to the tutoring session.

We strive to meet as many students' needs as possible. Oftentimes, this means that the center will be busy. We ask that you tolerate the needs of the students around you, including some "white noise" of students and tutors working together. If you have a complaint, please speak to Jen Wagner.

Other tutoring centers on campus

Become a Tutor

Do you like helping others in a meaningful way? Can you communicate effectively? If your GPA is 3.0 or above and you have a B or better in the subject you wish to tutor, we invite you to apply.

What will you get out of it?

  • Help others.
  • Earn some extra cash.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the subject. (The jury is still out on whether or not tutees learn more than tutors during a tutoring session.)
  • Develop and improve your communication skills.
  • Learn how to become a more organized student.
  • Increase your confidence by facing and working through challenges.
  • Gain experience in a leadership role.
  • Develop your resume and on–the–job skills, applicable in most modern work environments.
  • Work on campus, close to classes.

How do I become a tutor?

  • Come in to the Tutorial/Success Center and ask for information about becoming a tutor.
  • Register for IS40, the 1/2 unit Tutor Training course, a prerequisite required for the job.
  • After successful completion of IS 40, complete a Peer Tutor Application, including the required Faculty Recommendation Form(s).
  • Submit a completed application and faculty recommendation(s) in the subject(s) you want to tutor to Jen Wagner.
  • After applying, you may be asked to interview; if not, you may follow–up with Jen Wagner, and ask why an interview was not granted.
  • If hired, you will need to complete an employment packet with the West Valley College Personnel office.

We really need good tutors and will help you through the process. Give Jen a call at 408–741–2615, or email Jen Wagner with any questions you have about being a tutor.

Fall 2016 Schedule: August 29 – December 17

Subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
ACCOUNTING 10  Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
     
ACCOUNTING 11 Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
 
Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
     
ACCOUNTING 50  Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
     
ACCOUNTING 60 Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
 
Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
     
ART 55     Drop In with Grace
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM 
 
   
BIOLOGY 10   Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 

 Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


 Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
BIOLOGY 11   Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
BIOLOGY 23    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

 
BIOLOGY  41    Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
BIOLOGY 43    Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
BIOLOGY 47    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
BIOLOGY 48    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
CHEMISTRY 1A Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
 
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
  Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
CHEMISTRY 1B   Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
CHEMISTRY 2 Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
CHEMISTRY 30A Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
CHEMISTRY 30B Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
  Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 10D     Drop In with Grace
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM 
 
   
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 62G     Drop In with Grace
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM 
 
   
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 64B     Drop In with Grace
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM  
   
DIGITAL MEDIA 14C     Drop In with Grace
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM  
   
DIGITAL MEDIA 21A     Drop In with Grace
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM  
   
ENGINEERING 10     Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
FASHION DESIGN 30 Drop In with Racheal
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
       
FASHION DESIGN 32 Drop In with Racheal
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
       
FASHION DESIGN 52A Drop In with Racheal
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
       
FASHION DESIGN 56 Drop In with Racheal
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
       
FRENCH
(all levels)
  Drop In with Denie
will resume on 10/18
     
GERMAN 1A   Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
GERMAN 1B   Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
HEALTH EDUCATION 5    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
HEALTH EDUCATION 8    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
HEALTH EDUCATION 10    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
HEALTH EDUCATION 12    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
HISTORY 16     Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
   
JAPANESE 1A Drop In with Racheal
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
       
MATH D Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  


Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MATH 1 Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MATH 2 Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MATH 3A Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  

Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MATH 3B Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
MATH 4A Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
MATH 4B   Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
 
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
   
MATH 10 Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

  Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
 
 
MATH 12 Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
   
MATH 14    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
MATH 103/103R Drop In with Jessica
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
 

Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM 

Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM 
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

 Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Jessica
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


MATH 106/106R  Drop In with Jessica
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  

Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM 

Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM 
 
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

 Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Jessica
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM 
  Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MATH 106S Drop In with Tony
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
 
Drop In with Tony
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
  Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
 
 
MATH 902P
Drop In with Jessica
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM 
Drop In with Olivia
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Jessica
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Drop In with Olivia
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Drop In with Julia
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  

Drop In with Olivia
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  Drop In with Olivia
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MUSIC 5     Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
NUTRITION STUDIES 15    Drop In with Ali
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 
  Drop In with Ali
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM 
 
PHYSICS 1 Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Dominic
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
PHYSICS 2A     Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
PHYSICS 4A Drop In with Ha
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  
Drop In with Ha
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
 
Drop In with Ha
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
PHYSICS 4B     Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
   Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
PHYSICS 4C     Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
PHYSICS 10     Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 Drop In with Jessica
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
   Drop In with Jessica
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
   
PSYCHOLOGY 1 Drop In with Jessica
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
 
  Drop In with Danica
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop In with Jessica
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
 Drop In with Sarah
   10:30 AM – 1:30 PM 
Drop In with Danica
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
PSYCHOLOGY 7        Drop In with Sarah
   10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
 
PSYCHOLOGY 25        Drop In with Sarah
   10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
 
SOCIOLOGY 1 Drop In with Jessica
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
  Drop In with Jessica
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
 
   
SPANISH 1A   Drop In with Denie
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
     Drop In with Reza
   11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
SPANISH 1B   Drop In with Denie
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Drop In with Reza
   11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  
THEATER ARTS 10        Drop In with Sarah
   10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
 
THEATER ARTS 14A     Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
   
THEATER ARTS 14C     Drop In with May
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
   

Off–Site Tutoring

If you're not a current West Valley College student, or if you need private tutoring outside of the Tutorial Center, we recommended the following sources, not affiliated with WVC:

  • Tutree.com: an online resource (and app) that allows you to connect with tutors near you who have been vetted by Tutree; payment can also be made securely through their site and/or app.
  • "The 10 Best Tutoring Centers in Saratoga" is an online listing of Yelp's top-rated tutorial centers close to West Valley. Many focus on K-12 education, but some may offer higher-level help as well.
  • Craigslist: many private tutors advertise via Craigslist, but you need to search for and vet them yourself. It's a good resource to see who's available, their level of expertise (from high school students to PhDs), and the going hourly rate for private tutors in the Bay Area. Of course, as with any Craigslist ad, please meet in a public place and be safe!

NOTE: The Success/Tutorial Center does NOT hire out our tutors for private, off-site tutoring. Additionally, we will NOT provide a tutor's private contact information to those who request it. We highly value the safety and privacy of our staff, and thank you for understanding! 

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