Tutoring

We offer Penn undergraduate students free, accessible, and convenient options to supplement their academic experience. Tutoring is available is in a variety of formats.  Please review the information below to determine your best option based on your schedule and the class in question.

For most first year students, the drop-in (satellite) tutoring services are the first stop. If the schedule or courses are not fulfilling your needs, then we encourage you to check out the Weekly Tutoring options.

Drop-in (Satellite) Tutoring

This service is great for students who need occasional support or have quick questions about the subjects offered. This is also a good resource if you are waiting to be matched with a weekly tutor. Your interactions with the tutor will likely be in small groups.

No appointment is needed and you can stop by as often as you need! The schedule for each term is typically released in week 1 of a new term, and hours usually begin during week 2. The schedule may be updated throughout the term.

Tips for using this service

  • Always Check the Web for updated hours and announcements
  • For in person hours – bring a Penn ID to access space

The schedule is listed below, and the links to access the zoom session can be found on our events calendar. Please click the upcoming Satellite Center to navigate to the event page where you can find the link!

 

Event Calendar

Fall 2021 Hours - By Course

ACCT 101 Wednesday 6pm – 10pm Hunstman Hall G90
BIOL 101 Thursday 8am – 12pm  Virtual Access Zoom
BIOL 101 Saturday 10am – 1:30pm Du Bois College House; Seminar Room A
Chem 101 Sunday 10am – 2pm  Hill College House; Study Center
Chem 241 Tuesday 3:30pm – 7:30pm Harrison College House; Library room 102
CIS 120 Thursday 6pm – 10pm

Lauder College House; Seminar Room 103

Econ 001 Sunday  3pm – 7pm Ware Colle House; Bodine 306
Math 103 Wednesday 3:30 – 7:30  PM 

Virtual 

Access Zoom 

Math 103 Wednesday 2pm – 6pm  Du Bois College House; Seminar Room A
Math 104 Monday 6pm – 10pm  Hunstman Hall G90
Math 104 Wednesday 8am – 12pm 

Virtual Access Zoom 

Math 104 Wednesday 6pm – 10pm  Kings Court College House; Private Dining room 
Math 104 Thursday

4pm – 8pm

Ware College House; Bodine 306
Math 114 Sunday 4pm – 8pm  Riepe College House- Ashurst 
Math 114 Monday 4pm – 8pm New College House West; Multipurpose Room 
Nurs 068 Sunday 10am – 2pm 

Virtual Access Zoom

Nurs 164 Friday 10:30 – 2:30 PM

Virtual Access Zoom

Physics 101 /151 Tuesday 6pm – 10pm Harnwell College House; Library Large Study Room 
Physics 101/151 Thursday 9am – 1pm

Virtual Access Zoom 

10/28 Session has been moved to 10/26 (same time)

Tutoring Overview video

Weekly Tutoring Contracts

Regular Weekly appointments with an assigned tutor and 2-3 other students in the course.

(Currently accepting summer session II requests)

New Students
who have never had a tutor contract with us

Returning Students
who have previously completed an intake

Students actively enrolled at the university.  You must be currently enrolled in the course you want a tutor for.

While Weingarten Center’s Tutoring does our best to provide services for as many courses as possible, we are not able to service every course at the university.  We are almost always able to serve the most popular first- and second-year courses.  Smaller courses, and courses in the junior and senior year are more difficult for us to staff.  Please submit the request for these courses and we will do our best to hire someone.  

Language courses are supported by the Penn Language Center  
Writing Courses are supported by the Marks Writing Center
We are currently very limited in our ability to support graduate courses. We encourage you to submit a request, but you should also reach out to your program director for alternative options.

You may have up to two active tutoring assignments at a time

We do our best to make assignments within two weeks from the initial request.  During high volume periods it can take longer.  Assignments also depend on tutor availability. 

You will be notified via email. Please check your junk folder before reaching out to us.

If we are unable to match you within three weeks, we will contact you with a status update. At this time, we will let you know if we think we will be unable to hire a tutor for the class you are seeking.

Assignments are typically 1-2 hours per week, depending on tutor availability.  You are expected to meet weekly with the tutor.

If your group needs more time than you are assigned in a particular week, you may request additional hours for that week. You are permitted to request extra time for up to three weeks in any term. Request for extra hours. 

You may cancel your meeting during a particular week. However, moving the hours to another week counts as a request for extra hours.  Please note that regularly canceling your assigned hours or missing the group meeting will result in termination of your contract.  This is to avoid students holding tutors that they do not need when other students may be waitlisted.  

You and your group will determine this along with your tutor. You can meet in any public space on campus or utilize a platform such as zoom for an online session.  

Group tutoring is the standard format of our services.  We believe that group tutoring creates the best space for collaborative learning.  In group tutoring, you are able to hear how your peers are experiencing the material, their questions, and strategies for success.  Groups will consist of 3-4 students with the tutor.  If you are having an issue with your assigned group, we encourage you to reach out to us.

The tutor will not re-teach or re-lecture material, nor will they assist you with homework.  To best utilize this service, you should be reviewing your material ahead of time and identifying specific questions or challenges you have with the material.  The tutor will lead you in conversations, activities, and exercises to help you answer those questions.  We also encourage you to ask the tutor about best practice study skills and strategies for this course.

Weekly Contract Tutoring Overview video

Student Athlete Academic Achievement Program

The Tutoring Center is happy to partner with the Athletics Department to provide tutoring BY scholar athletes and FOR scholar athletes. 

How it works 

These hours are available by accessing the Tutor Trac system and searching for the course.  You must book appointments at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Access Tutor Trac & Penn authenticate
  • Click “Search Availability” on the left side of the screen
  • Search by course and times.  Note that you will have better luck if keep the time windows flexible.
  • Select the appointment you are interested in.

This service does not run during summer term.