Peer Tutoring

ABOUT PEER TUTORING AT THE ARC

The ARC connects Harvard students with a network of trained peers who can support their learning. Peer Tutors can provide an extra layer of academic support for students by reviewing critical concepts and materials from class, clarifying points of confusion, and developing study strategies for upcoming exams. 

LOOKING FOR A PEER TUTOR THIS TERM?

For select courses, Harvard College students can book a one-to-one peer tutoring appointment using the ARC Scheduler

Don't see your courses listed in the ARC Scheduler?
Or are you a graduate student looking for tutoring?

Submit a tutoring request on the Tutor Matcher to be matched with an available tutor. Please note that not every request can be accommodated as the ARC makes matches only when a qualified tutor can be identified. 

Drop-In Tutoring is now offered at Currier, Dunster and Lamont Library on select evenings from 7:00-9:00pm! Schedule is subject to change based on tutor availability. Please scroll down to "Additional Resources" for the Drop-In Tutoring Schedule.

By signing up for a tutoring appointment or submitting a request, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the ARC Peer Tutoring Policies in our Peer Tutoring Information for Tutees

APPLY TO BECOME A PEER TUTOR

The ARC is currently recruiting Peer Tutors for STEM, quantitative, and problem set courses for the Spring 2020 term. Please visit our Student Employment webpage to learn more. 

ESL for Graduate Students: If you are a student in GSAS and would like to apply for funding for an ESL tutor, please fill out this form. Visit our ESL Consultations webpage for more information. 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Before signing up, please read our policies

Policies

ARC Peer Tutoring Policy Information for Tutees

  • Students (i.e., Tutees) may sign up for two 60-minute, one-to-one sessions per course each week. Group tutoring does not count toward the weekly two-appointment per course weekly limit. A week is defined as Sunday to Saturday. Exceptions to the limit may be considered; please contact the ARC for approval, academicresourcecenter@harvard.edu.
  • Tutees are expected to come prepared to peer tutoring with questions and having reviewed the material. Peer tutors do not have access to the answers for assignments and are not permitted to check answers or work directly on homework (see Homework Policy section in the link above). 

FAQs

  • What if my course is not included in the ARC Scheduler course options above?
    • Peer Tutoring appointments via the new online ARC Scheduler tool is only one option for students to consider. Additional tutoring and course support options are available. Please see the "Additional Resources" section of this page if your course is not listed above.
  • What if I need tutoring help for an off-cyle or late exam before the peer tutoring program opens for the term?
  • What is the ARC peer tutoring appointment Scheduler Tool and what if I need help for a course that isn't listed?
    • Using our new online Scheduler Tool, students may sign-up for scheduled appointment times with different (or the same) tutors throughout the term, as needed, for a select number of computer science, math, and economics courses. This is a pilot program for fall 2019. If your course is not yet available via the online Scheduler Tool, please see the "Additional Resources" section of this page to sign up for other Peer Tutoring options available at the ARC or other programs across campus. 

 

Cancellations and Missed Appointments

Tutees must notify their peer tutor at least 24 hours prior to appointment start time. 

Students who miss three scheduled appointments (either by not showing up or by cancelling with less than 24 hours' notice) may lose access to participating in the tutoring program for that course for the remainder of the term and must consult with the ARC program staff.

Eligibility and Fees

Peer tutoring is available to currently enrolled (on campus) degree candidates at:

Harvard College

  • Free for undergraduate students (new starting fall 2019)


Graduate students should speak with their program director or adviser to determine eligibility for financial support

  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    • $19/hour
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
    • $19/hour
  • Harvard Kennedy School
    • $19/hour
  • Harvard Extension School (referral required) 
    • Up to 4 hours/week. Contact your academic advisor for information before submitting a peer tutoring request. After you have your school referral on file with the ARC, then you may submit a tutoring request to the ARC.  

 

 

 

Drop-in Peer Tutoring Schedule 

Drop-In Peer Tutoring is now available at the following locations in the evenings. Schedule is subject to change based on tutor availability. 
 
Currier House Dining Hall  7:00-9:00pm
Sundays: CHEM 27; COMPSCI 50; MATH MA/B, 1A/B, 21A/B, 101, 155R; PHYSCI 12A/B
Mondays: LIFESCI 1B; PHYSCI 11
Tuesdays: LIFESCI 1A/B; MATH 1A; OEB 10; PHYSCI 11 
 
Dunster House, Seminar Room W024  7:00-9:00pm
Sundays: ENG-SCI 51; LIFESCI 1B; MATH 21A/B; PHYSCI 11, 12A
Tuesdays: CHEM 20, LIFESCI 1B, MATH 1A/B, PHYSCI 11
Wednesdays: HISTSCI; MATH 1B; PHIL
 
Lamont Library, Meeting Room 220  7:00-9:00pm
Sundays: COMPSCI 20, 51; CHEM 20; MATH 21B
Mondays: BIO; COMPSCI 50; LIFESCI 1A/B; MATH 1A/B, 21A
Tuesdays: GERMAN 10-20; MATH 1A, 21A/B
Wednesdays: COMPSCI 50, 51; SPANISH 10-50

Instructor Office Hours

Students are encouraged to make use of all course resources. Before signing up for tutoring, students should take advantage of faculty and TF office hours (they are the experts in the field!) and look into help offered by the course and/or department. 

ARC Academic Coaching

Academic coaches help students to learn more about their ideal learning styles and environments, show them how to customize their semester, help students plan for when they are returning from leave or recovering from a concussion, and direct them to other appropriate resources on campus as needed.  ARC coaches support students from all disciplines.

ARC Workshops

The ARC offers workshops centered around building and strengthening the skills necessary to succeed academically.  Topics include time management, strategic reading and notetaking, semester planning, problem set strategies and more.

Harvard College Writing Center

The Writing Center is a place for Harvard undergraduates to get help with any aspect of their writing. Tutors offer one-hour conferences (by appointment) and drop-in hours. The Writing Center’s English Grammar and Language tutor is available to work with students who have questions about grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and U.S. conventions of academic writing.

Department Writing Fellows Program

The Writing Program’s Departmental Writing Fellows provide discipline-specific writing support to undergraduates in specific concentrations. The DWFs are available for drop-in hours and by appointment to consult with students about argument, structure, and clarity in their writing for courses in the DWFs' departments (Anthropology, English, Government, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology).

Economics

The Ec Question Center helps concentrators with questions about micro, macro, and econometrics.

Math

The Math Question Center invites students of Math M, 1a, 1b, 21a, and 21b to come together to work on problem sets. Staffed by Course Assistants.

Language Tutoring Center

A free service offered to any student currently enrolled in a Department of Romance Languages and Literatures course. Students may schedule one 30-minute tutoring session per week in French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Language Tables

Offered by the Romance Languages and Literatures department. Share a meal and keep up your language skills outside of class.

Statistics Research

The Department of Statistics offers free, drop-in consulting on statistical issues arising in research to anyone in the Harvard Community.

Accessible Education Office (AEO)

The AEO meets with students to discuss accessibility concerns and barriers, reviews disability documentation to support a student’s need for accommodations, collaborates with faculty and staff to implement reasonable accommodations, and leads diversity efforts on campus to promote disability equity and inclusion.

The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

IQSS provides and hosts a wide array of data science resources to facilitate and accelerate social sciences research.  Services are available to faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates writing a senior thesis. They do not provide support for coursework. Offers trainings, workshops, and IQSS computer lab.

If you need additional help not addressed above, contact the ARC at academicresourcecenter@harvard.edu.