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The SSC Recognized with CRLA Certification!  

The College Reading & Learning Association's (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) program certification authorizes SSC to issue certificates to tutors meeting its CRLA-approved requirements for the following program certification levels: Level I Certified Tutor, Level II Advanced, Level III Master Tutor.

COVID-19 Updates

This spring, our individual and group tutoring are virtual to balance our dual responsibilities to both student support and public health. Students can make, modify, and cancel individual appointments on Navigate as usual beginning by January 25. Review sessions will also begin on January 25; they are still drop-in and can be located at the Zoom links in our Review Session Schedule for Drop-In Tutoring.

If you would like to request in-person support, please reach out to us, and we will do our best to accommodate your request within the capabilities of our space, staffing, and safety requirements.

Our tutoring program provides free course-specific support for primarily first- and second-year students in introductory math and science courses. Our friendly tutors are highly trained undergraduate students who have successfully completed the courses they support at Virginia Tech. You can meet with a tutor by scheduling individual appointments or by dropping in to one of our weekly review sessions.

We are proud to have received all three levels of International Tutor Training Program Certification through the College Reading and Learning Association.

Individual Tutoring

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at least 10 business days prior to your appointment.

Cancelling appointments

Please cancel unneeded appointments through Navigate at least 24 hours in advance. Here's How to Cancel (PDF)

No show policy

Students who do not show up or cancel at the last minute (within four hours) three or more times in a semester can be temporarily banned from making appointments.

Can't find an appointment?

We're sorry to hear that! Please fill out this survey to let us know what additional support and resources we need.

Please note: Filling out this survey does not guarantee you an appointment, but it helps us enhance our overall tutoring services moving forward.

We also recommend these additional academic support services at Virginia Tech.

Review Sessions

A great way to see a tutor quickly is to attend weekly review sessions (a.k.a., drop-in tutoring) for some of our most popular courses. You can drop in at any time (though we encourage attending the whole session!), and we suggest coming prepared with questions to get the most out of your time.

Zoom Support

How to attend individual tutoring on Zoom

  1. If you have not already set up Zoom, follow these instructions.
  2. After booking your appointment on Navigate, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that contains your Zoom link.
  3. Copy and paste the link into a browser to attend your appointment.

How to attend review sessions on Zoom

  1. If you have not already set up Zoom, follow these instructions.
  2. Find a group to attend through Navigate or our schedule.
  3. Copy and paste the link into a browser to attend your session.

Has your tutor not connected to your session?

E-mail tutoring@vt.edu with your session date, time, and tutor’s name. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.

What to Expect from Tutoring

What can a tutor help me with?

Tutors can clarify course concepts and teach strategies to more effectively learn, study, and solve academic problems in specific courses. They can’t help with graded work (without written permission from your instructor), but they are still happy to help you understand the concepts in that work.

What are tutoring appointments like?

Your tutor will ask what you want to work on and explain how they can help. Then you’ll get to work. Be ready to participate! As peers, tutors aren’t here to lecture or judge. They offer fresh perspectives and activities to help you learn course concepts and strategies.

Will tutoring help me get an A in my classes?

All students have different situations and goals, so there’s no guaranteed outcome for tutoring. However, if you truly commit to developing your academic skills in a course, you will:

  • Think about your current learning strategies and habits
  • Understand what changes you can make to improve your grades
  • Have specific strategies to use now and in your future classes
  • Become a more efficient learner by studying smarter, not just harder

Can I get tutoring for all of my classes?

We currently focus mostly on some of the highest-demand 1000- and 2000-level courses. Here’s a list of the courses that we’re currently supporting in Spring 2021 with individual and/or group tutoring:

  • AAEC 1005
  • AAEC 1006
  • ACIS 1504
  • ACIS 2115
  • ACIS 2116
  • BIOL 1005
  • BIOL 1006
  • BIOL 1015
  • BIOL 1105
  • BIOL 1106
  • BIT 2405
  • BIT 2406
  • CHEM 1035
  • CHEM 1036
  • CHEM 1045
  • CHEM 1055
  • CHEM 2535
  • CHEM 2536
  • CS 1054
  • CS 1064
  • CS 1114
  • CS 2114
  • ECON 2005
  • ECON 2006
  • ENGE 1215
  • ENGE 1216
  • ESM 2104
  • ESM 2204
  • ESM 2304
  • GEOS 1004
  • GER 1106
  • GER 1114
  • GER 2106
  • GER 3106
  • GER 3126
  • MATH 1014
  • MATH 1025
  • MATH 1026
  • MATH 1114
  • MATH 1225
  • MATH 1226
  • MATH 1524
  • MATH 1535
  • MATH 1536
  • MATH 2114
  • MATH 2204
  • MATH 2214
  • MUS 2026
  • MUS 2046
  • MUS 3046
  • PHYS 2205
  • PHYS 2206
  • PHYS 2305
  • PHYS 2306
  • PSYC 1004
  • STAT 2004