Tutoring & Academic Support Resources
Please click on a category below to view available resources. Then, click on the resource name to view a full description, availability information, and web links.
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
Chemistry Resource Room
The room is open to all chemistry students looking for a constructive and helpful environment in which to work on chemistry problems. It is staffed by experienced undergraduate peer tutors for students needing help in our general chemistry courses (101, 102, 103, 171, and 172). Drop-in service, no appointment necessary; free to all NU students. Held in conjunction with the math and physics resource rooms.
Location: Tech HG04
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8pm-10pm
Undergraduate Chemistry Council (UCC) Tutoring
The Northwestern UCC offers tutoring services in general and organic chemistry to all students, regardless of membership status in the UCC. Appointments must be made in advance via email; free to all NU students. The UCC also hosts a weekly organic chemistry review session on Sunday evenings. See website for scheduling and other details.
Physics Resource Room
The room is open to all physics students looking for a constructive and helpful environment in which to work on physics problems. It is staffed by experienced undergraduate peer tutors for students needing help in our introductory courses (130 and 135). Drop-in service, no appointment necessary; free to all NU students. Held in conjunction with the chemistry and math resource rooms.
Location: Tech HG04
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8pm-10pmWebsite: http://www.math.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/tutoring.html
Physics & Astronomy Tutoring (Private)
Undergraduates seeking extensive, individualized help with physics, astronomy, or math can be referred to private graduate student tutors. This is done on a private basis and is not a service provided by the department. However, if you would like help in finding out which of our graduate students may be interested in private tutoring, you may contact the Physics & Astronomy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calculus Resource Room
The room is open to all math students looking for a constructive and helpful environment in which to work on calculus problems. It is staffed by experienced undergraduate peer tutors for students needing help in our calculus courses (212, 213, 214, 220, 224, and 230). Drop-in service, no appointment necessary; free to all NU students. Held in conjunction with the chemistry and physics resource rooms.
Location: Tech HG04
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8pm-10pm
Pooled Calculus Office Hours
Pooled office hours are walk in hours held by instructors and teaching assistant for Math 220, 224 and 230. These hours are open to all students registered for these courses, and not just for students in a particular section of a course. For example a pooled office hour for Math 220 is open to ALL Math 220 students. Click on the link below to view pooled office hours schedule.
Location: 1850 Campus Drive (Locy Hall), Room 209Website: http://math.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/calculus_office_hours.html
Mathematics Tutoring (Private)
The mathematics department maintains a list of graduate students who offer their services as private paid tutors, independent of Northwestern University and its Mathematics Department. See website for a list of tutors and contact information.
This service is targeted primarily to first- and second-year engineering students. Tutoring in calculus, physics, and engineering courses is provided by a group of graduate and upperclass engineering students. Drop-in service, no appointment necessary; free to all McCormick students. See website for more details.
Location: Tech LG52
Hours: Monday – Thursday 2pm-5pm and 7pm-10pm
Gateway Science Workshop (GSW)
This is a peer-led program designed to enhance students' learning as they successfully complete course sequences in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, math, physics, and engineering. Students must register and enroll in GSW to attend the weekly group sessions. See website for more details.
Integrated Science Program (ISP) Tutoring
ISP is a challenging, tailor-made honors curriculum that integrates mathematics with the sciences. Students must apply for admission to this program prior to their freshman year at NU; those who enroll can take advantage of free, drop-in chemistry, math, and physics tutoring. See website for more details.
Location: 616 Noyes Avenue
Science and Engineering Research & Teaching Synthesis (SERTS)
SERTS offers a selection of classes in science and engineering for both undergraduate non-majors and majors who have little or no background in these areas. Students enrolled in SERTS courses take advantage of a unique workshop model, which introduces them to research and laboratory experiences. See website for details.
Social Sciences and Humanities
Economics Tutoring (Private)
The economics department maintains a list of graduate students who offer their services as private paid tutors, independent of Northwestern University and its Economics Department. See website for a list of tutors, contact information, and other details.
History Writing Center
The History Writing Center is a place for students in any history course to discuss their writing at any stage in the process. It is staffed by experienced history graduate students who can assist with brainstorming ideas, working through a draft, and reviewing past assignments. Appointments are encouraged, but not required, during drop-in hours. Students can also request appointments outside of these hours. Free to all NU students.
Hours: Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm in the Library Cafe, Thursdays from 2pm-4:45pm in 221 Harris Hall, or by appointment
Writing and Languages
The Writing Place
A peer tutoring center for all forms of writing. Writing Place consultants can provide assistance at any stage of the writing process. Consultations are free and available to anyone in the Northwestern community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, or staff. Users must register and schedule an appointment in advance. See website for additional information and resources.
Location: Main Library, 2304 North
French & Italian (FIT) Tutor Center
The French & Italian Department provides free peer tutoring services for any NU student enrolled in a 100-level French or Italian course. Drop-in service, no appointment necessary. See website for details.
Location: Kresge 2-402
French Writing Center
The mission of the center is to help students in French courses 210 and above to improve their overall writing ability, become more self-reliant writers, and gain a better comprehension of French grammar and writing styles. See website for contact information and procedures.
Assistance is provided with questions regarding grammatical structures, practicing oral presentations and interviews, reviewing for exams, and vocabulary or grammar in an essay. Drop-in service, no appointment necessary; free to all NU students enrolled in a 100-level Spanish course. See website for tutor contact information and schedules.Website: http://www.spanish-portuguese.northwestern.edu/people/tutors.html
Spanish Writing Center
The mission of the center is to help students in Spanish courses 210 and above to improve their overall writing ability, become more self-reliant writers, and gain a better comprehension of Spanish grammar and writing styles. See website for contact information and procedures.Website: http://www.spanish-portuguese.northwestern.edu/resources/writing-center.html
ESL Tutoring (Private)
The linguistics department offers structured ESL services for graduate students only, however the department also maintains a list of private ESL tutors that may be utilized by undergraduates as well. See website for a list of tutors, contact information, and other details.
Other Academic Support Services
University Academic Advising Center (UAAC)
The UAAC focuses on health professions advising and general advising beyond college-specific issues. As part of that mission, UAAC provides resources and consultations with regards to effective study habits, time management, reading and listening strategies, and test-taking tips.
Location: 1940 Sheridan Road
Academic Mentoring Program (AMP)
The AMP program provides academic support for undergraduates enrolled in introductory economics, statistics, psychology, and mathematics courses. Mentors – fellow undergraduates who have taken and done well in the course – meet weekly with a group of students to discuss and work through questions and problems the students have about their coursework. Mentors participate in training and regular meetings with AMP staff, and provide regular feedback to faculty about their groups' progress.
Each AMP group consists of 5–7 students who are enrolled in the same course, as well as one of our Academic Mentors. The groups meet at a set time and location each week for one hour. Students are expected to attend all sessions and prepare for each session in advance. Preparation includes attending lecture and discussion sections, completing required readings, attempting assigned homework problems, and formulating questions to ask during the session.
Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Tutoring
MSA hosts a tutoring study tables for General Chemistry (both 101/102/103 and 171/172 sequences) and Organic Chemistry. Tables currently meet at 6:00pm on Sunday evenings and 7:00pm on Monday evenings at the Black House, but may change based on student and tutor availability. Please contact Multicultural Student Affairs at (847) 467-6200 with any questions.
Northwestern Community of Athletics Tutors (N’CAT)
The athletics department provides tutorial assistance to all varsity student-athletes as part of its Study Skills program. All entering freshman student-athletes are required to participate in the Study Skills program; however, many upperclassmen take advantage of the available tutoring as well. Three different tutor resources are available: drop-in tutoring, Cats Learning Together (CLT) small-group reviews, and individual tutoring. See website for more details.Website: http://www.northwestern.edu/academicservices/academic-support/tutor-services/index.html
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
SSD is committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with disabilities. They work to provide students with disabilities a learning environment that affords them full participation, equal access, and reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. The majority of accommodations and services for students with disabilities are coordinated by SSD. See website for more details.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS provides counseling to individuals and groups as well as workshops and outreach programs. CAPS has a team of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals who are dedicated to helping students work through developmental needs, emotional difficulties, adjustments, and crises. See website for more details.