New for Fall

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The Success Center has moved to a new location inside the Library, and has merged with the Writing Center! Now, students can get help for all supported subjects on campus and writing in the same place! We've also integrated the ESL Skills Lab into the new space to better serve all students on campus.

General Information

Free tutoring is available to help students develop study skills, manage their time, stay organized, learn and review course material, develop written and critical thinking skills, practice problem-solving, and learn ways to study "smarter" (not harder) in a differentiated way that's best suited to their preferred learning style(s). Our entrance is located inside the Library just past the Printing/Books for Food area. 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, and your class must have started to meet.

Canvas help now available. Ask any peer tutor if you need help navigating through your course(s).

Fall Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Enroll in Tutoring

  • Come in to the Success Center and complete a registration form.
  • Go to the Portal and enroll in the zero-unit, zero-cost lab LRSV 110 (instructions available on registration form; add code provided at the front desk during the registration process).
  • Check the "Schedules" tab for available drop–in times; check back regularly, as the schedule expands through mid-semester.
  • If needed, inquire about scheduling individual or group appointments, available on a limited basis.

Important Information About Tutoring: Please Read!

When you come in to sign up for tutoring services we will automatically enroll you in the zero unit tutoring course, Learning Services 110 (LRSV 110), "Supervised Tutoring". There is no charge and the course does not appear on a student's transcript.

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 or fail to cancel an appointment at least 24 hours in advance, 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, or if you are running late.

Study Groups are an excellent way to improve comprehension of the class materials, test one's knowledge, and effectively collaborate with classmates, but are sometimes hard to create and/or run: let us help! Tutors know how to get groups focused on the material, use each other as resources, create review materials, and effectively study and learn course material in an engaging, meaningful, and fun way! 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 or jennifer.wagner@westvalley.edu or Vida Sabouri at 408-741-2602 or vida.sabouri@westvalley.edu 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 or Vida Sabouri.

Other Tutoring Centers on Campus

Supported Classes: Fall 2018

The following classes will be supported by peer tutors this fall, and may grow as new tutors are hired. A weekly schedule is posted under the "Schedules" tab, and will "grow"/evolve for the first ~10 weeks of the semester. Following are the classes for which support will be available:

  • Accounting—10, 11
  • Administration of Justice—1A
  • The Adobe Suite—General Support/Help
  • Animate—General Support/Help
  • American Sign Language—60A
  • Anthropology—1
  • Arts—1A, 1B, 4, 10, 55
  • Biology—10, 11, 22, 41, 42, 43, 45, 47, 48
  • Business—43, 46, 46B
  • Canvas—General Support/Help
  • Chemistry—1A,1B, 2, 12A, 12B, 30A, 50
  • Child Studies—2
  • Communication Studies—1
  • Computer Information Systems—2, 4A, 4A1, 4B1
  • Computing—General Support/Help
  • Counseling—50
  • Digital Media—1, 3, 14C, 20A, 21A, 21B, 22B, 99
  • Economics—1A/2A, 1B/2B
  • English—1A, 1B, 1C, 903, 905/X
  • Excel—General Support/Help
  • Fashion Design—44, 52A,70
  • French—1A
  • German—1A
  • Health Care Technologies—4, 5
  • History—17A, 17B, 20
  • Japanese—1A, 1B
  • Kinesiology—51/H
  • Math—D, 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, 10, 12, 19, 105, 106/R, 902P, 903/R
  • Music—10, General Support/Help
  • Non-Credit Math—101, 102, 103
  • Photoshop—General Support/Help
  • Philosophy—1
  • Photoshop—General Support/Help
  • Philosophy—1, 2, 17, 21, 22
  • Physics—4A, 4B, General Support/Help
  • Political Science—1
  • Psychology—1, 2/H, 7, 12, 17, 25, 30
  • Reading—General Support/Help
  • Sociology—1, 2, 45
  • Spanish—1A, 1B & General Support/Help
  • Student Success—100
  • Theater Arts—10, 14C, 40A, 40B
  • Women, Gender, & Queer Studies—1, 2, 3
  • Writing—General Support/Help in Any Subject

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 money.
  • 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?

  • Register for Interdisciplinary Studies (ISTU 40), the 1/2-unit, hybrid-format Tutor Training course and ISTU 40E for those interested in tutoring writing/English--successful completion of ISTU 40 is a prerequisite for a general tutoring job, and ISTU 40E must also be completed for a writing tutoring job: students may only apply after this requirement has been met.
  • After successfulLY completinG ISTU 40 (and 40E), complete a Peer Tutor Application. Request all Faculty Recommendations, too, but feel free to submit your application before they're done.
  • Submit a completed application to Jen Wagner, the Success Center Coordinator.
  • 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.
  • NOTE: the hiring process can take a while from start to finish, so please apply early, especially if you're hoping to work during the current semester.
  • Any other questions? Come in to the Success Center and ask: we really need good tutors and will help you through the process. Or, give Jen a call at 408–741–2615 or email Jen Wagner.

Final Exam Prep/Review Sessions

Will be scheduled in Fall and Spring for classes with 3+ students enrolled in tutoring AND an available tutor to run the session(s). The schedule is created around week 10, is posted online and on flyers in the Center and around campus. If you have any questions about these sessions or want to request one, please speak with the Success Center Coordinator, Jen Wagner, or email her at jennifer.wagner@westvalley.edu.

Prep Sessions

Prep Sessions are designed to help students prepare for their exam by clarifying confusing concepts, focusing on what to study, discussing good study strategies, doing an initial review of the material, and creating a "study plan," if needed.

Subject Wednesday, Dec. 6th Thursday, Dec. 7th Friday, Dec. 8th
MATH 106   Prep with Reagan 
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
 
PSYCHOLOGY 1
(with Instructor Reed)
   Prep with Sarah
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
SOCIOLOGY 1     Prep with Evie
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
SPANISH 1A Prep with Grecia
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
   

Review Sessions

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

NOTE: No tutor support will be available on Thursday, December 13th. The Success Center will be open for Independent Study from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Subject Monday, Dec. 10th Tuesday, Dec. 11th Wednesday, Dec. 12th
BIOLOGY 10 Review with Tzelzin
 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Review with Tzelzin
 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 
BIOLOGY 11 Review with Tzelzin
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  Review with Tzelzin
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 
BIOLOGY 47 Review with Tzelzin
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 
Review with Robert
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
 
CHEMISTRY 1A  Review with Robert
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
Review with Jacob
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  
 
CHEMISTRY 30A     Review with Reagan
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  
ENGLISH 1A Drop-In Help with Rania
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Drop-In Help with Sam
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drop-In Help with Sam
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Drop-In Help with Mannie
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Drop-In Help with Rania
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ENGLISH 1B Drop-In Help with Rania
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Drop-In Help with Sam
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drop-In Help with Sam
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Drop-In Help with Rania
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ENGLISH 903 Drop-In Help with Rania
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Drop-In Help with Sam
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drop-In Help with Sam
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Drop-In Help with Mannie
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Drop-In Help with Rania
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ENGLISH 905/X Drop-In Help with Rania
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Drop-In Help with Sam
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drop-In Help with Sam
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Drop-In Help with Mannie
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Drop-In Help with Rania
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
MATH 106 Review with Hawa
  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  
   
MATH 106R     Review with Hawa
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  
PHILOSOPHY 1   Review with Mannie
  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM  
 
POLITICAL SCIENCE 1  Review with Evie
  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
   
GENERAL WRITING SUPPORT (ALL CLASSES) Drop-In Help with Rania
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Drop-In Help with Sam
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM  
Drop-In Help with Sam
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Drop-In Help with Mannie
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM  
Drop-In Help with Rania
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Off–Site Tutoring

Free online tutoring via NetTutor

In order to access this free, outsourced, online service, please click on the link marked "NetTutor 24/7" on the left column menu of your Canvas course shell. If your instructor has not activated his/her course in Canvas, please request it so this feature (only) will be enabled for your class.

Off–Site Tutoring

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

  • Tutree.com: 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.

Workshops

Are held in the Success Center's computer classroom, are run by faculty members, and have tutoring available afterwards for that area of focus. More workshops (for various subjects and study skills) are being developed now and will be implemented in the future. If you have any questions about them or want to request one, please speak with the Success Center Coordinator, Jen Wagner, or email her at jennifer.wagner@westvalley.edu.

  • Wednesday, September 12th @ 12:30: "Understanding Essay Prompts"
  • Thursday, September 13th @ 2:30: "Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences"
  • Wednesday, September 19th @ 12:30: "Understanding Essay Prompts"
  • Thursday, September 20th @ 2:30: "Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences"
  • Wednesday, September 26th @ 12:30: "Introductions and Conclusions"
  • Thursday, September 27th @ 2:30: "Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences"
  • Wednesday, October 3rd @ 12:30: "Editing and Proofreading"
  • Thursday, October 4th @ 2:30: "Citing Sources in MLA Format"
  • Wednesday, October 10th @ 12:30: "Editing and Proofreading"
  • Thursday, October 11th @ 2:30: "UC Transfer Application Essays"
  • Wednesday, October 17th @ 12:30: "UC Transfer Application Essays"
  • Thursday, October 18th @ 2:30: "Editing and Proofreading"
  • Wednesday, October 24th @ 12:30: "Citing Sources in MLA Format"
  • Thursday, October 25th @ 2:30: "Introductions and Conclusions"
  • Wednesday, October 31st @ 12:30: "Paraphrasing Outside Material"
  • Thursday, November 1st @ 2:30: "UC Transfer Application Essays"
  • Wednesday, November 7th @ 12:30: "UC Transfer Application Essays"
  • Thursday, November 8th @ 2:30: "Editing and Proofreading"
  • Wednesday, November 14th @ 12:30: "Paraphrasing Outside Material"
  • Thursday, November 15th @ 2:30: "Citing Sources in MLA Format"
  • Wednesday, November 21st @ 12:30: "UC Transfer Application Essays"
  • Wednesday, November 28th @ 12:30: "Citing Sources in MLA Format"
  • Wednesday, November 28th @ 1:30: "UC Transfer Application Essays"
  • Thursday, November 29th @ 2:30: "Editing and Proofreading"
  • Wednesday, December 5th @ 12:30: "Citing Sources in MLA Format"
  • Thursday, December 6th @ 2:30: "Paraphrasing Outside Material"
  • Thursday, December 6th @ 4:00: "Editing and Proofreading"
last published: 12/13/18