Success Center

General Information

The Success Center is OPEN for Summer 2021! Tutors are available for FREE, drop-in help via LRSV 110/Canvas.

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 how to study "smarter" (not harder) in a differentiated, multimodal manner. During the shelter-in-place, all tutors are available online.

To access Success Center Tutors via Canvas, register via your Portal for LRSV 110 #52534, the FREE 0-unit Supervised Tutoring "course." To be eligible for tutoring, you must be currently enrolled at West Valley College in the course(s) in which you wish to be tutored.

Tutors are available 7 days a week on a drop-in basis; their Zoom meeting links can be found in Canvas – students MUST be registered in LRSV 110 to access them, so please do so ASAP through your Portal. Free support materials like study guides, practice problems, handouts, and helpful links are available now in Canvas to further support students in their studies and writing, and more will be added as they are developed. If you have a particular request, please email it to Jen%20Wagner. To register, follow the steps below:

  1. Log into the WVC Portal.
  2. Click on the Student button.
  3. Click on Registration and then click Add or Drop Classes.
  4. Select the Summer 2021 term from the drop-down list then click Submit.
  5. Scroll to the Add Classes Worksheet section.
  6. Enter the section number (CRN) for LRSV 110 in the first empty box: 52534.
  7. Click Submit Changes.

NOTE: it can take up to 24 hours for a class to appear in Canvas so please REGISTER EARLY!!   

ALL Success Center Tutors can help students navigate Canvas and several can help withGoogle Docs/Forms/Sheets, Microsoft Office, Zoom and with Basic I.T. assistance. Details on when this drop-in help is available can be found under the "Schedule" tab, to be published at the start of the semester. In the meantime, if you need help understanding the basics of Canvas, please refer to the Student QuickGuide.

Success Center

Contact Information

Jen Wagner
Success Center Coordinator

Vida Sabouri
Success Center Program Specialist

  • During the Shelter-in-Place, all tutoring is being done online via Canvas
  • Go to the Portal and enroll in the zero-unit, zero-cost class titled LRSV 110, "Supervised Tutoring"
  • Check the "Schedule" 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.

In order to receive free tutoring, current West Valley students need to enroll in the zero unit 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. 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 email Vida Sabouri at vida.sabouriFREEWEST_VALLEY 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, to use each other as resources, to create review materials, and to 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 jennifer.wagnerFREEWEST_VALLEY or Vida Sabouri at vida.sabouriFREEWEST_VALLEY to inquire about scheduling an appointment. 

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

We strive to meet as many students' needs as possible. Oftentimes, this means that tutors may be working with other students during their drop-in hours and you may have to wait to receive help. Thanks in advance for your patience! If you have a complaint, please email Jen Wagner or Vida Sabouri.

Weekly schedules will be posted under the "Schedule" tab, and will "grow"/evolve during the first weeks of the session. Following are the classes for which support will be available during Summer 2021:

  • Accounting—10, 11
  • Anthropology—3
  • Art: History—1D
  • Biology—10, 11, 48
  • Business—28, 56
  • Canvas—General Support/Help
  • Chemistry—1A, 1B, 2
  • Communication Studies—1
  • Computer Science—4A, 5A
  • Computing—General Support/Help
  • Counseling—12
  • Economics—1A/2A,1B/2B
  • English—1A, 1B, 1C
  • Geography—1
  • Geology—1A
  • Google Docs/ Slides/ Sheets/ Forms (General Help)
  • Math—D, 1, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 10, 12, 104R, 106 (106P, 903P, TMP1/2—August)
  • Microsoft Office Help (General): Word, PowerPoint, & Excel
  • Music—5
  • NC Bookkeeping—1
  • Physics—4A
  • Political Science—1
  • Psychology—1
  • Writing—General Support/Help in Any Subject
  • Zoom—Basic (I.T.) Support/Help
Last Updated 6/10/21