Course Tutoring FAQ

  • "Course tutoring" includes all tutoring that helps you master the content knowledge specific to the course and discipline. In Economics, the content in a tutoring session might include learning about supply and demand, while in Chemistry your content tutoring might include learning about ionic bonds. "Course tutoring" covers a broad range of classes, disciplines, and tutoring styles, but does not include helping you with writing. Visit a tutor in the Writing Center for those needs.

  • Course tutoring has a drop-in structure, but we recommend reserving a space for yourself in advance. View the course tutoring schedule by signing into myLMU and clicking "Writing & Course Tutoring" under Academics. Toggle between the Writing Center and Course Tutoring schedules with the drop down menu at the top of our scheduling site. Click on the session you plan to attend and complete the appointment form. Find a helpful how-to video here

  • Tutoring sessions generally last 30 minutes, but they may last longer depending on the content. While most tutors prefer you to show up at the beginning of a session, you are welcome to drop in after the starting time. 

  • Course tutoring is only offered in a small group setting. The size of the group for each session will vary.

    1. First, ask whether this is a course with writing assignments. If so, take your assignments to a tutor at the Writing Center, and you can develop your understanding of the content through your written work. This is a great strategy for many core classes, like History, American Cultures, Philosophy, and Theology.
    2. Visit office hours, and let your instructor know that ARC tutoring is unavailable.  Sometimes professors can offer alternative strategies.
    3. Visit tutoring for a course in a related field. You might meet others and form a study group or meet students who've already taken the class and performed well.
    4. Please let the ARC know that you want tutoring in a particular course. If others share the need, we will try to offer tutoring for that course in the future.
    5. Fill out the Tutoring Request Form here!
  • Study groups are student facilitated and do not include the presence of an official ARC tutor. Our office will help students connect with each other and offer advice to get them started. If the ARC does not currently offer tutoring for a particular course, students can use study groups as an alternative form of academic support. Students may also wish to use study groups in addition to ARC tutoring. Students in study groups may reserve space in Daum Hall for their meetings.

  • Course tutors at the ARC are hired primarily by faculty recommendation. Get to know your professors and express interest in supporting your peers! Contact the ARC for more information. 

If you still have questions about course tutoring, call the ARC at 310.338.2847, email us at, or stop by Daum Hall, 2nd floor