Types of Tutoring in the ASAC

Math Tutoring

Walk-in tutoring for math is available on a first-sign up, first served basis. Tutoring sessions typically last up to 20 minutes. Students may have more than one session per day. However, back-to-back sessions are discouraged because students need a chance to try the problems on their own.

Most tutors can tutor Math 50 (Pre-Algebra) through Math 181 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry). Tutoring is also available for Math 110 (Elementary Statistics) and Math 280 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry). Please call (909) 274-6605 for the current tutor availability.

For additional math tutoring is also in the math building in Bldg. 61. Students enrolled in Math 50 through Math 71 (Intermediate Algebra) may also use the Math Activities Resource Center (MARC) located in Bldg. 61-1318. Students enrolled in Math 100 through Math 285 may also use the Transfer-MARC in Bldg. 61-1314. 


Writing Tutoring

Writing tutoring is available for all courses during all hours of operation. Each tutoring session lasts up to thirty minutes. Students may have more than one tutoring session per day. Back-to-back sessions, however, are not allowed because covering excessive material at one time can overwhelm students and compromise their learning.

To make the most of each tutoring session, students should come prepared with their reading materials, assignment sheets, any feedback from their instructor, and other faculty instructions. Having these materials ready makes for more focused tutoring sessions.

Two ways to access writing tutoring:

Faculty can support their students' growth as writers by:
  • Sending a copy of their syllabus, assignments, evaluation criteria, instructions for tutoring sessions
  • Meeting with tutors to convey expectations
  • Scheduling class tours to the ASAC or inviting an ASAC tutoring representative present in class
  • Conducting office hours in the ASAC


Multiple-Subject Tutoring

In addition to math and writing tutoring, ASAC tutoring also offers tutoring in a variety of subjects. Multiple-subject tutoring schedule may be obtained by contacting the front desk at (909) 274-6605. Other courses we tutor for include:

  • Accounting
  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Foreign Languages - Arabic, French, Japanese, Spanish
  • History
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

If there is a course for which tutoring is needed but is not offered, please see or call a supervisor. We will contact the instructor to get a student tutor referral and organize a study group with at least two students. Setting up a study group requires at least 72-hour notice in advance.


Study Groups

How to Use Study Groups:
  • Student-initiated:  get two or more students to schedule a study group at ASAC front counter or call (909) 274-4366.
  • Faculty-initiated:
    • Invite an ASAC tutoring representative to your class to organize study groups.
    • Send students to ASAC tutoring. Send/recommend a student tutor to be hired by ASAC tutoring to conduct the study groups (prospective tutor must have earned a grade of "A" or "B" in the class).
    • Call us to set up the group.
    • Fill out a Study Group Request Form and send it by email to pbeshay@mtsac.edu, by fax to (909) 274-2035, or by campus mail (takes a day or two to receive).

Policies and Procedures:
  • Groups are established on a first come, first served basis.
  • All study groups and exam review sessions are subject to tutor and room availability.
  • Resources dictate the number of groups available to each department.
  • Groups with consistently minimal attendance may be subject to alternative arrangement or cancellation (i.e. groups may be cancelled, and individual students may be served through drop-in tutoring).
  • Groups may meet up to two hours at one time.
  • All study group sessions will be cancelled after 15 minutes if no students are present.
  • Groups cancelled twice for "no show" will be officially terminated. Students may begin another group by going through the process again.

Establishing and Conducting Study Groups:
  • Students and/or faculty may contact ASAC tutoring to request a day and time to meet with a tutor on a weekly basis or request for a one-time study session. They may also request a tutor and a room. If a tutor is not available, faculty may recommend a tutor.
  • ASAC tutoring will locate a classroom or study room whenever possible. At times, faculty assistance in locating a room may be necessary.
  • Unless one student is identified as a contact person,  ASAC  will contact all students listed. If a student is identified as a contact person, that student assumes responsibility for contacting other members of the group with study group information.
  • Study groups meet outside of/in addition to class time. Groups may not meet during class time while instruction occurs.
  • All students involved in study groups must register for tutoring and adhere to ASAC Terms and Conditions of Student Use. Copies of these Terms are available at the ASAC front counter in 6-101.


Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program

Visit the SI page for more information.