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The Student Learning Center (SLC) provides free tutoring to Chico State students. In the 2017-2018 academic year, we served over 4,000 students with over 40,000 visits. We employ over 120 students as subject tutors, Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders, writing tutors and clerical staff.

Subject Tutoring

Trained, faculty-recommended peer tutors provide ongoing weekly group tutoring by appointment for many lower division general education and pre-major courses. Some of the subjects we offer tutoring for are biology, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, languages, math, and music.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to increase student success in historically difficult courses. SI sessions are held 3 to 4 times per week by an SI leader who has already mastered the course material in a specific course. The SI leader is faculty-recommended and extensively trained to facilitate group sessions where students can meet to compare notes, improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss difficult concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams. 

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one writing support for Chico State students. Trained, faculty-recommended tutors provide assistance at any stage of the writing process for any class. Whether students are brainstorming, writing, revising or making sure their writing flows, we would love to support them. Weekly or one-time appointments and drop-ins available.

Math Learning Lab

Math drop-in tutoring available in the Library on the 4th floor 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday beginning September 10

Study Skills Workshops

The SLC offers free study skills workshops to help students develop practical academic success strategies. Topics offered each semester include time management, reading, memory, test taking, and stress reduction. Most study skills workshops last 40-50 minutes. Students who have attended workshops over the past three years have told us that the top five study skills they developed were organization, better overall study habits, time management, preparing for exams, and an improved study environment. There is no fee for the workshops.

Every Gift Counts

$20 will help pay for outreach materials such as posters

$50 will help cover registration fees for conferences rarely available to student staff

$100 will help contribute to one tutor’s CRLA certification training hours


Help Us Help Students

The SLC is certified through the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). To ensure students are getting the help they need, we provide intense and specialized training for our student staff. The SLC operating budget doesn’t support materials associated with training and outreach. Your donation can go a long way in helping us provide more specialized training.

What students say about tutors:

“I was able to talk about my experiences with him, and he understood where I was coming from. He also helped me develop my sentences into bigger ideas and didn't say that my ideas were not good enough. He definitely helped me expand on what I had to say and was not rude about it.”

“SI showed me that you learn a lot more by actually understanding the material instead of trying to memorize it.”

“Attending the tutoring session this semester allowed me to realize that I can excel in a subject I believed I was not good in. Prior this semester, I was scared of taking a science course because I had failed the ones I had taken before. Having a great tutor helped a lot.”

“The Math Lab is very perfect how it is. The hours of availability is great and the tutors are great, kind and talkative! Overall I would say it's an amazing program and I'm very thankful it's out there!”

What tutors say about working in the SLC:

“Before working here, I found it difficult to talk to people. I am still pretty shy but working here has opened me up a bit and I now find it easier to communicate with others. I am very thankful for this!”

~Alaina, Student Clerical Staff and Psychology Tutor

“I want to be a teacher. I will be entering the Credential Program next fall so learning how to communicate effectively with others and being patient was huge for me. I figured out through tutoring that teaching was the right career for me. I know now that I really do want to help others learn and be successful.”

~Katelyn, History Tutor


“The training and development throughout the semester has been so critical in me growing as a student and professional. The job is providing those who tutor professional skills that will be used throughout the rest of their lives.”

~Branden, Math Learning Lab Tutor


“Every single one of the recruiters or interviewers I have worked with have been super excited that I am a writing tutor because writing and oral communication is becoming a lost art and they have these skills as priority over technical skills at times.”

~Elizabeth, Writing Tutor


What types of training do tutors receive?

All tutors receive 10 hours of mandatory training the beginning of the fall semester and optional 10 hours of training at the beginning of the spring semester. Writing tutors and SI leaders receive continuous training throughout the semester and occasional opportunities to attend regional conferences in their respective areas.

Do you receive Student Learning Fee (SLF) dollars?

Although we do receive SLF dollars, they are competitive and not guaranteed. Once secured, the funding has to be used for tutor salary and cannot be used for training or outreach.

How much do SLC services cost?

SLC services are free to enrolled students.

Can anyone use the SLC?

SLC services are available to enrolled students.


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