General Information

A tutor can mean the difference between a passing and a non-passing grade in a subject that is difficult for you. The service is free. We are located around the side of the Library closest to the LA/SS building. We can be reached at 408-741-2038 if you have any questions (not answered by our website).

To be eligible for tutoring, you must be currently enrolled at West Valley College in the subject in which you wish to be tutored.

NOTE: The Success/Tutorial Center is closing at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 15th. We will re-open after the Winter break on Monday, January 30th at 8am.

Spring 2017 Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

To enroll in Tutoring:

  • Come in to the Tutorial/Success Center and complete a registration form.
  • Go to the Portal and enroll in the zero unit, zero cost lab LS110 (instructions available on registration form).
  • Check the schedule for available drop–in times; check back regularly, as the schedule changes frequently.
  • If needed, inquire about scheduling individual or group appointments, available on a limited basis.

Read the Student Notification

When you come in to sign up for tutoring services we will automatically enroll you in the zero unit tutoring course, Learning Services 110 (LS 110). There is no charge.

You must be enrolled in the class for which you receive tutoring. We verify the following: whether or not the class is current, the student is enrolled, and the course is taken at West Valley, not Mission. If any of the above criteria are not verifiable, tutoring may be suspended or denied. 

We will assist you in improving your skills, gaining confidence in your abilities, and getting your questions answered. Our goal for you is to become empowered in your own abilities and to strengthen them as you work with others.

You must attend all of your classes. A tutor will not read the textbook for you, nor do your homework for you. Remember that your instructor is the final authority, and that the tutors are not instructors.

Register early and get help frequently. Studies show that students who get regular assistance throughout the semester–rather than at the last minute–can significantly improve their grades.

Individual weekly appointments are available on a limited basis and for students who qualify for additional accommodations (through DESP, EOP&S, and TRIO). If you have an appointment, you must be on time! If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, it can count as a "NO-SHOW" (un-excused absence); after two no–shows, your weekly appointment may be cancelled. Please call 408.741.2038 at least 24 hours ahead if you cannot make it to your appointment.

Study Groups are an excellent way to improve comprehension of the class materials, test one's knowledge, and effectively collaborate with classmates. If at least three students from a class need assistance, we can work with you to schedule a weekly appointment. Once your group is formed and you have mutually available times in mind, please contact Jen Wagner at 408-741-2615 to inquire about scheduling an appointment. 

Please come prepared for your tutoring session. Adequate preparation includes regular class attendance and bringing your textbook (along with handouts and questions) to the tutoring session.

We strive to meet as many students' needs as possible. Oftentimes, this means that the center will be busy. We ask that you tolerate the needs of the students around you, including some "white noise" of students and tutors working together. If you have a complaint, please speak to Jen Wagner.

Other tutoring centers on campus

Become a Tutor

Do you like helping others in a meaningful way? Can you communicate effectively? If your GPA is 3.0 or above and you have a B or better in the subject you wish to tutor, we invite you to apply.

What will you get out of it?

  • Help others.
  • Earn some extra cash.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the subject. (The jury is still out on whether or not tutees learn more than tutors during a tutoring session.)
  • Develop and improve your communication skills.
  • Learn how to become a more organized student.
  • Increase your confidence by facing and working through challenges.
  • Gain experience in a leadership role.
  • Develop your resume and on–the–job skills, applicable in most modern work environments.
  • Work on campus, close to classes.

How do I become a tutor?

  • Come in to the Tutorial/Success Center and ask for information about becoming a tutor.
  • Register for Interdisciplinary Studies (IS40), the 1/2-unit, hybrid-format, late-start Tutor Training course--successful completion of IS40 is a prerequisite for the job: students may only apply after this requirement has been met.
  • After successful completion of IS40, complete a Peer Tutor Application, including the required Faculty Recommendation Form(s).
  • Submit a completed application and faculty recommendation(s) in the subject(s) you want to tutor to Jen Wagner.
  • After applying, you may be asked to interview; if not, you may follow–up with Jen Wagner, and ask why an interview was not granted.
  • If hired, you will need to complete an employment packet with the West Valley College Personnel office.

We really need good tutors and will help you through the process. Give Jen a call at 408–741–2615, or email Jen Wagner with any questions you have about being a tutor.

Fall 2016 Schedule: August 29 – December 9*

*NOTE: the last day for drop-in help was friday, december 9. please see the final exam study sessions tab for the schedule from monday-thursday, december 12-15. 

Final Exam Study Sessions:

Friday, December 9th-Thursday, December 15th

These sessions are intended to help currently registered students review together for an exam, clarify confusing concepts, and feel empowered to do their best. They are NOT intended to catch-up students who fell far behind or didn't study in advance. Please study prior to the session, write down specific questions you have beforehand, and bring your study materials with you.

**If you haven't yet registered with The Success Center this semester, please plan an extra 10-15 minutes to do so when you arrive, or drop by any day we're open and register EARLY, and for FREE!!**


 Accounting 10:        Monday, December 12, 12:00-1:30pm (with Tony B)

 Accounting 11:       Monday, December 12, 2:00-3:30pm (with Tony B)

   Biology 10:             Monday, December 12, 8:00-9:30am (with Olivia L)

                                            Tuesday, December 13, 10:00am-12:00pm (with Olivia L)

  Biology 11:            Monday, December 12, 10:00-11:30am (with Ali N)

                                   Wednesday, December 14, 2:30-4:30pm (with Ali N)

    Biology 47:         Monday, December 12, 3:00-5:00pm (with Ali N)

                                       Wednesday, December 14, 12:00-2:00pm (with Ali N)

  Biology 48:          Monday, December 12, 5:00-7:00pm (with Ali N)

Chemistry 1A:            Tuesday, December 13, 8:00-9:30am (with Olivia L)

                                       Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-6:00pm (with Danica R)

Chemistry 1B:           Monday, December 12, 1:00-3:00pm (with Olivia L)

 Chemistry 2:        Monday, December 12, 4:00-5:30pm (with Ha P)

                                         Wednesday, December 14, 8:00-9:30am (with Olivia L)

Chemistry 30A:      Monday, December 12, 2:30-4:00pm (with Ha P)

                                      Thursday, December 15, 10:00-11:30am (with Ha P)

   Math 2:                Tuesday, December 13, 2:00-3:30pm (with Ha P)

   Math 3A:              Monday, December 12, 8:00-9:30am (with Ha P)

                                 Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:30pm (with Ha P)

     Math 3B:           Tuesday, December 13, 5:30-7:00pm (with Ha P)

           Math 10:           Monday, December 12, 10:00-11:30am (with Tony B)

                                  Tuesday, December 13, 12:30-2:00pm (with Julia M)

             Math 12:          Thursday, December 15, 11:30am-12:30pm (with Ha P)

  Math 103:        Friday, December 9, 9:30-11:30am (with May F)

                            Monday, December 12, 9:30-11:30am (with Ha P)

                            Monday, December 12, 4:00-5:30pm (with May F)

                                    Tuesday, December 13, 12:30-2:30pm (with Jessica T)

                                                       Math 106:       Tuesday, December 13, 3:00-4:30pm (with Jessica T)

                                                                               Wednesday, December 14, 12:00-2:00pm (with Jessica T)

   Math 106S:       Monday December 12, 8:30-10:00am (with Tony B)

                                        Tuesday, December 13, 11:30am-12:30pm (with Julia M)

            Physics 4A:       Tuesday, December 13, 2:30-4:00pm (with Danica R)

Psychology 1 w/ Reed:    Monday, December 12, 12:00-2:00pm (with Sarah L)

  Printed Copies of This List Are Available in the Success Center: Stop By for Yours Today!!

Off–Site Tutoring

If you're not a current West Valley College student, or if you need private tutoring outside of the Tutorial Center, we recommended the following sources, not affiliated with WVC:

  • an online resource (and app) that allows you to connect with tutors near you who have been vetted by Tutree; payment can also be made securely through their site and/or app.
  • "The 10 Best Tutoring Centers in Saratoga" is an online listing of Yelp's top-rated tutorial centers close to West Valley. Many focus on K-12 education, but some may offer higher-level help as well.
  • Craigslist: many private tutors advertise via Craigslist, but you need to search for and vet them yourself. It's a good resource to see who's available, their level of expertise (from high school students to PhDs), and the going hourly rate for private tutors in the Bay Area. Of course, as with any Craigslist ad, please meet in a public place and be safe!

NOTE: The Success/Tutorial Center does NOT hire out our tutors for private, off-site tutoring. Additionally, we will NOT provide a tutor's private contact information to those who request it. We highly value the safety and privacy of our staff, and thank you for understanding! 

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