LRC - Tutorial Center
The ARC Tutorial Center provides online tutoring for students who need academic assistance outside the classroom. Tutoring is conducted by instructor-approved peer tutors. Tutoring services are free to any ARC enrolled student. Please check the online tutoring schedule and instructions below to access the services.
Tutor Training Class: Students who are interested in becoming Peer Tutors and have demonstrated proficiency in a specific subject are advised to enroll in the Fall 2020 tutor training course, LRC 300.
Requesting Tutoring - How Tutoring Works
Check the current posted schedule or visit the main counter.
We offer drop-in tutoring for subjects in high demand. You may receive help on a first-come basis at any time during the posted hours. Drop-in tutors have fixed schedules.
Drop-in tutoring is for quick questions, and periods of time when you work through the material on your own. Drop-in tutoring is not designed to be an in-depth private tutoring session.
Drop-in tutors work with more than one student at a time. Waiting times may vary depending on the time of day and busier peek hours, generally 11am-2pm are busier hours.
When you arrive to the center, you will need to use your Student Access Card to check yourself in and out at the tutoring counter.
When you have a question, you need to add yourself to the electronic queue system (ask counter staff for instructions).
Please be aware that tutors cannot help you with special projects, extra credit, take-home quizzes or homework problems.
How do tutees join the online tutoring sessions with zoom?
- Tutees will go to the following link: ConferZoom.org
- Tutees will click on “join a meeting” option. Not the “sign in” option.
- Tutees will be prompted to enter the 10 digit meeting ID of one of the tutors on the schedule.
- Once tutees enter the meeting ID, they will be prompted to download the Zoom app.
- Once the installation is done, tutees will have a new application on their computer. It will look like a white camera on a blue backdrop.
- Then tutees should select “join with computer audio.”
- You are now joined to the zoom meeting!
How do students create their own Zoom accounts? Sign in/Setting up your account
- Go to ConferZoom.org
- Click on Sign in
- Click on Sign in with Google
- Enter or choose your Los Rios student email
- You will either be sent to Zoom automatically or you will need to complete the following steps:
- Click on Create Account
- Fill in the information - Use your Los Rios student email - For the organization, type in American River College - For the classification, select student - For the title, type in student - Click Sign Up
- After you click sign up, you should see a message notifying you that you will be receiving an email with further instructions.
- Check your Los Rios email and look for an email with the subject “ConferZoom account invitation.”
- After clicking on the link provided in the email, it will take you to a webpage that gives you options to sign in with Google or sign in with a password.
- Choose the Sign in with Google option and select your Los Rios email.
- Then download the Zoom app.
- It will prompt you to download a zip file. Allow it to download and open the zip file once it is downloaded.
- After you click on the zip file, it will ask you if you “application is downloaded by the inter-net, are you sure you want to open it” -> click open
- You will then see a new file on your download folder with a blue and white “z” icon. Click on the icon which will complete the download process.
- Once the installation is done you will have a new application on your computer, it will look like a white camera on a blue backdrop.
- The application will automatically begin to download after step 8
- You will see a message at the bottom of your screen after the download is com-plete...click on the “run” option
- You will then get an option to allow the application to make changes to your de-vice...click on “no”... installation will continue.
Contact the Tutorial Center to request an appointment. If we have a tutor for your course, you can schedule appointments according to the tutor's availability.
You may schedule appointments two weeks in advance, upon availability; however, you must schedule the appointments at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that you may not schedule appointments that are more than 2 consecutive hours long. Additionally, you may have up to 2 hours of appointments, per subject.
If your tutor is not in the center when you arrive for your appointment, check with the staff at the counter. Please wait at least 10 minutes past the appointment time before you leave.
You must call to notify the center if you are running late (916-484-8808). Tutors are allowed to leave after 10 minutes into the appointment time.
If you need to cancel your appointment, call or stop by the Tutorial Center at least 24 hours in advance. If you are not on campus, call the Tutorial Center at (916) 484-8808. If you do not call or notify the center at least 24 hours in advance, this is considered a "no show." Please note that if you have two "no shows," you will be blocked from making future appointments until you speak with the Tutorial Center Coordinator. If you get another no show after you speak with the coordinator and have 3 no shows altogether, you will be blocked from making appointments for the remainder of the semester. You can still come in for drop-in tutoring, but you will no longer be allowed to make appointments.
Recurring weekly appointments are set for the term: same day, same time, same place.
You may only select one course per term for your recurring appointment . For example, if you need help with English, Math and Spanish but Math is the most challenging, we recommend you choose Math for the recurring appointment . You are still eligible to receive tutoring for the other subjects (English and Spanish); however these appointments will need to be booked as regular individual appointments (see above).
Recurring appointments are limited; apply early in the term to increase your chances of finding a tutor that meets your schedule.
There is no guarantee that a tutor will be available per your request; it depends on the number of tutors available for your subject and/or the department's budget constraints.
If you cannot attend a session, you are responsible for notifying the tutor directly at least 24 hours in advance. Missed appointments cannot be rescheduled.
The Embedded Tutor Program is a collaboration between the LRC’s Tutorial Center and department faculty. The Tutorial Center will hire and pay faculty recommended students to be placed in the classroom for the duration of the course (lecture and/or lab). The embedded tutor works in the class as:
- a peer tutor
- a mentor
- a model for successful academic strategies and habits
Working closely with the instructor, an embedded tutor may offer a seasoned student voice to class discussions, lead small break-out sessions, or provide one-on-one mini-tutorials. Embedded tutors can offer in-class tutoring and promote essential academic skills necessary for students to succeed in college level coursework.
- Offer extra help to students to become independent learners
- Assist students in reaching a higher level of competence in a particular subject
- Assist students in becoming active in the learning process
Embedded Tutors are not permitted to do the following:
- Grade assignments
- Hold out of class individual tutoring or study groups (requires LRC 300 or 310)
- Complete student work. Instead, use questions, demonstration, practice, examples, etc.
- Teach the class anything new unless it is part of the instruction intended by the teacher.
Not only will students benefit from an in-class peer perspective, but tutors themselves will benefit from providing this valuable service:
- Increased understanding of subject material
- Interaction with faculty and increased inclusion in campus life
- Work experience
- On-campus employment, flexible schedule, hourly wage
- Experience helping others
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Currently enrolled in at least 6 units
- Request from ARC faculty for courses the applicant wishes to tutor
- Completion of application packet through the Tutorial Center in the Learning Resource Center
Note: Students can be currently enrolled in the course, previously have taken it, or be proficient and suitable to assist in the course content
Peer Tutor Information
Peer Tutors provide tutoring for many lower level and some upper level division courses. Tutors coach students in their understanding and skills in the subject, helping them to succeed on their own after the tutoring session.
All new Peer Tutors must enroll in the LRC 300, Introduction to Tutor Training, a one unit hybrid course and attend the mandatory orientation on:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:00 to 3:20p.m.in the LRC, room 104.
In addition to the orientation, class will meet every Wednesday from 2:00 -3:20 p.m (see schedule for specific dates).
All tutors must be enrolled in a minimum of six units or more and have earned a "B" or better in the courses they plan to tutor.
Must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.
Must have written approval from an ARC faculty member.
You will earn money. Pay for peer tutors (student help employee) is $12.00 per hour as of January 1, 2019.
You will learn the subject better.
You will add work experience to your resume.
Student Frequently Asked Questions
Instructors usually recommend students to become tutors. At other times, students decide on their own to become tutors. In either case, all tutors must be approved by an ARC faculty member before and received a grade of "B" or better in the course they want to tutor or in a course sequentially above it before they may start tutoring.
Yes, all tutors must enroll in LRC300, Introduction to Tutoring Training, to be eligible to tutor.
If you have a quick question, you should check the drop-in schedule. If your course is not available under drop-in, stop by or call the Tutorial Center to check for tutor availability. If drop-in help is available for your course, you may come into the center during the scheduled hours and receive immediate assistance on a first come basis.
The goal of tutoring is for you to understand the material. If a tutor works directly on your homework problem, it is very easy to give away the answer rather than help you understand the material. Tutors are trained to work on similar problems that highlight some of the strategies and techniques so you may complete the homework on your own. Besides, if you leave your session with a completed homework assignment and without the knowledge required, not only are you turning in an assignment that is not your own (a violation of academic honesty policies) but you are also leaving with a false sense of your own understanding.
If you need to cancel your appointment, stop by the center at least 24 hours in advance. If you are not on campus, call the Tutorial Center at (916) 484-8808. If you don't call to notiify the center, this is considred an "absence/no show." Please note that if you have two "absences" in your student file without 24 hour notices, the tutor may drop you from his or her schedule and you may lose appointment privileges for the remainder of the term.
Yes, surveys are conducted every semester.
- When you are struggling with a concept
- When you are trying to assess how deeply you comprehend the material
- When you feel stuck on problem-solving
To get the most out of your time with a tutor, prepare ahead for the session. The tutor will ask what you want to work on, so come knowing what you want to accomplish with the tutor. You might come...
- To work through a question on a problem set
- To review for a test
- To talk through a concept you covered in lecture, lab, or reading
- To organize class material and create study tools
The Tutorial Center offers two FREE options for online tutoring to ARC students:
1) Online tutoring is available through a vendor called NetTutor: an online tutoring service available 24/7 for many subjects. Sign up for FREE online tutoring here to start online tutoring through your Canvas site right away. NetTutor provides highly-qualified tutors in the following subjects: Accounting, Anatomy/Physiology, Anthropology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Finance, French, Geology, German, History, Italian, Math (through Pre-Calculus and Calculus & above), Nursing, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Statistics. For other tutoring services in the LRC's Tutorial Center, including individual appointments and drop-in tutoring, please complete the online registration/referral.
2) Online tutoring is also available through a partnership with Sacramento Public Library. Free live tutoring is available Sunday--Saturday 1pm-11pm for help in the following college level subjects: Algebra, Biology, Calculus 1, Chemistry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry as well as for writing assignments through the Writing Lab. Tutoring is also available for Adult Learners in basic, intermediate, and advanced help in Math, Reading, and Writing. For more information about how to get immediate access to free online resources through the Sacramento Public Libary, check out this PDF document with information.
Dean: Gary Hartley (Interim)
Coordinator: Margie Zack-Lopez (LTT)
Monday - Thursday:
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
**Please check schedule.
For questions or concerns, please email us at Email: Tutoring@arc.losrios.edu
Remote tutoring through ConferZoom. Login instructions were sent in an email
Please Note: The staff will do their best to find a tutor; however there is no guarantee a tutor will be available.
Bring your Student Access Card to each session and use it to check in and out at the tutoring counter.
If you have any questions regarding any of these services, please contact the Tutorial Center at 916-484-8808 or email us at Tutoring@arc.losrios.edu for more information.
How Tutoring Works
All tutoring services will take place online
When you register for tutoring, you may be enrolled in LRC 1000, Supervised Tutoring, a no fee, no grade, no credit course.
Please Note: The staff will do their best to find a tutor; however, there is no guarantee a tutor will be available.