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. 

  • Tutoring sessions generally last 30 minutes, but some course tutoring functions more like a study group with longer sessions. 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 he or she 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.

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