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Beacon Program

The Beacon program provides academic assistance via regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated group study sessions. Beacon tutors are key people in the program; ARC faculty recruit the tutors. The tutors have demonstrated competence in the course(s) they tutor and are trained to facilitate learning.

The Beacon sessions are comprised of students of varying academic abilities. Beacon is not viewed as remedial. Students who attend Beacon sessions discover appropriate application of learning strategies, like note taking, graphic organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, problem solving and test preparation among others.

In order to maintain a pleasant learning environment inside the LRC, please refrain from talking on cell phones. Please note: only enrolled students may use the facility and services.

Become a Beacon Tutor

Why become a Beacon Tutor?

Share your knowledge with other students and help them get better grades.
Learn the subject better.
Develop greater self-confidence and learn how to lead a group.
Add work experience to your resume.
Make new friends.

Are tutors paid? - How many hours do tutors work?

Yes! Tutors are Student Help employees and are paid minimum wage. 

It depends on the course unit and term length.  The majority of the groups will meet 2-3 hours per week outside of class.  

What are the requirements?

Approval from an ARC professor to become his/her Beacon Tutor
Enrolled in LRC 310: Introduction to Group Tutoring (1-unit, first 5-week fully online course)
Enrolled in a minimum of six units at any of the Los Rios colleges.
Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA

Interested? are the next steps

  1. After you speak with your instructor to be the Beacon Tutor, enroll in LRC 310.
  2. Note: Tutors conduct sessions while concurrently enrolled in LRC 310 their first semester.
  3. Complete employment paperwork; hiring packets available at the Beacon front desk.
  4. Attend the mandatory orientation (first day of class).

Beacon Tutor Resources

Special Session Commitment Form

Special sessions are designed for mid-term/final test prep and/or projects. The special session may also be used to make-up a cancellation or holiday, including special circumstances requiring additional time.

1. A minimum of 2 students must commit to attend the special session.
2. A maximum of 2 hours per special sessions; 3 special sessions per term; per group.
3. Tutors must submit prep form prior to the start of the special session.

Timesheet Due Dates

Timesheet Due Dates
The worksheet must be submitted with your green student help timesheet on or before the due date(s) listed. If your time sheet is submitted late, this will delay your paycheck until the following month.
Pay Period Due Worksheet
Aug. Sept Tue. Sept. 14th by 4pm Worksheet 1
Sept.-Oct Tue. Oct. 12th by 4pm Worksheet 2
Oct.-Nov. Mon. Nov. 15th by 4pm Worksheet 3
Nov.-Dec. Fri. Dec. 10th by 4pm Worksheet 4

Contact Beacon Program

Dean: Joshua Moon Johnson, Ed.D.
Araceli Badilla
Administrative Assistant
Tatyana Torgashev
(916) 484-8099

Beacon Clerk
Sandra Valdez
(916) 484-8918



Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Learning Resource Center 116 (LRC)

Register Here

Please complete the online form  prior to receiving services.

Registration - Referral

Students who participate in a Beacon study group...

get better grades
understand the subject better
make new friends
pay nothing--it's free!
Earn extra credit (not offered in all Beacon courses-ask your instructor).
Ask your instructor if he or she has a Beacon study group for your class. Many instructors also offer incentives, often in the form of extra credit points, for those in a Beacon study group.