West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Tutorial Services

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.

Tutors are available during the following times:

Monday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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.

To enroll in Individual or Group 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. If you drop the class, please notify your tutor or the Tutorial Office at 741-2038.

We will assist you in improving your skills so that you can become independent of tutorial assistance. Our goal for you is to become independent of the need for tutoring support.

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. If you have an appointment, you must be on time! If you arrive more that 15 minutes late, that can count as a "NO-SHOW" (un-excused absence); after two no–shows, your weekly appointment may be cancelled. Please call at least one day ahead if you can not make your appointment.

Group study is an excellent way to improve comprehension of the class materials, to test out your knowledge and to collaborate with classmates who can also be a resource for you. 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, please contact Jen Wagner for further information.

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 2.5 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 IS 40, 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 us a call at 408–741–2615, or email Jen Wagner with any questions you have about being a tutor.

Schedules

Below is the current version of our schedule. Please check back frequently, as it will change with our students' needs.

Subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
ACCTG   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
   
ANTHR 1   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
ANTHR 2   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
ANTHR 3   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
 
ASTRO 11   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
ASTRO 14   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
 
BIO 10       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
BIO 11       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
BIO 42       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
BIO 43       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
CHEM 1A   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
CHEM 2   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
COMM 1       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
HIST   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
   
MATH 1   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
MATH 2   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
MATH 3A   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
MATH 8   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
   
MATH 10   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
 
MATH 103   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
MATH 106   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
MATH 902   Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Drop In with Tony
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM 
 
MATH 903       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
PHIL 1   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
PHIL 17   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
PHYS       Drop In with Joe
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
PSYCH 1   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
 
PSYCH 2   Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop In with Juliet
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Drop In with Juliet
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
 
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