Academics

College Core Tutor Program

Walk-in peer tutoring on the third floor of Harper Memorial Library/Stuart Hall

The College Core Tutor Program is a peer-based tutoring program for UChicago undergraduates designed to provide one-on-one assistance and small group support to undergraduate students in scientific and quantitative subjects, including chemistry, economics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, and biology. Our tutors are upperclassmen in the College with exceptional academic records or graduate students—most of them former Teaching Assistants in the Core science courses.

Tutors are available in the cubicles on the 3rd floor of Harper/Stuart. Tutoring is not available when the Center is closed in observance of University holidays and breaks. Tutoring is not available during the Summer.

Features of the Program:

  • The Program runs exclusively as a drop-in service. No appointments are necessary.
  • Tutors are available Sundays through Thursdays between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Students are welcome to visit a tutor as often as they need assistance. The program starts in 2nd week and runs through Final Exam week.
  • Tutors can assist in two ways: they will explain conceptual material and will demonstrate how to solve problems. They will not, however, check your code for you or do your problem set for you.
  • Tutors are expected to help with the priority courses in each subject. During periods of low demand, they will help with advanced courses.
  • New: Autumn Quarter Econ Group meeting for ECON 200 and 20010 Tuesday nights from 6-8pm.  See Priority Courses for details

Schedule

College Core Tutor Schedule Autumn ‘19

Weeks 2 through Finals week

SUBJECT

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Biology

Cubicle 10

Callie F.

Ashhad Q.

Dhiraj P.

Ashhad Q.

Laura S.

Computer Science 
Cubicles 8, 9

Sofia M.

Christian B.

Daisy B.

Fred G.

Fred G.

Angela S.

Chris W.

Daisy B.

Amy H.

Marco A.

General Chemistry

Cubicle 1

Isa K.

Isa K.

Lisa S.

Matthew S.

Segun F.

Economics

Cubicles 6, 7*

Paul A.

Nehir M.

Jon H.

Hari P.

Austin R.

Hari P.

Anvita R.

Irene F.

Gina K.

Can G.

Mathematics

Cubicles 4, 5

Eddie A.

TBD

Matt L.

Teja V.

Talha K.

Shiv A.

Vedant P.

Teja V

Matthew S.

Eddie A.

Organic Chemistry

Cubicle 3

Lexi L.

Nina F.

August C.

Madeleine H.

Chineze E.

Physics

Cubicle 2

Michelle C.

Fangxin L.

Michelle C.

Talha K.

Siqi N.

Statistics

Cubicle 11

Linfei L.

Linfei L.

Natasha S.

Natasha S.

Josh J.

*Tuesday Night Group Sessions for ECON 200 and 20010 6-8pm.  For locations see priority courses, below

How to Prepare

Know the course number and section for which you need help; you will be asked for this information before tutoring begins. Prior to your visit, you should:

  • Carefully study the course material you have been assigned in order to grasp as much of it as you can on your own.
  • Attempt to do the homework on your own before you come see a tutor. The goal of tutoring is to develop your ability to solve problems without assistance. Tutors can assist you most effectively when you present them with specific questions or difficulties you have with the course material. 
  • Bring your textbook, class notes, and if appropriate, a calculator.
  • Tutors are most helpful when you are not under extreme time pressure. Don’t wait until the night before a due date or test to visit a tutor; tutors may be very busy then, especially in large, centralized courses such as organic chemistry.

Priority Courses

Priority courses are the following:

  • BIOS 20173 - Perspectives of Human Physiology (Autumn)
  • BIOS 20170 Microbial and Human Cell Biology (Winter)
  • BIOS 20175 Biochemistry and Metabolism (Winter)
  • BIOS 20171 Human Genetics and Developmental Biology (Spring)
  • BIOS 20172 Mathematical Modeling for Pre-Med Students (Spring)

The CS tutors will assist with writing algorithms and other problem solving, but will not help students to debug their code.

Priority courses are the following:

  • 12100-12200 Computer Science with Applications I, II
  • 15100-15200 Introduction to Computer Science I, II

Econ tutors are prepared to explain concepts of economic analysis and to demonstrate how to solve problems. They will generally not assist with mathematics. 

Priority courses are the following:

  • 10000 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • 10200 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • 20000-20100-20200-23950 Elements of Economic Analysis I, II, III, IV

 

Tuesday Night Group Meetings for ECON 200 and ECON 20010 at 6pm followed by office hours at 7pm

Locations:

10/8       SHFE 103

10/15    SHFE 021

10/22    SHFE 103

10/29    SHFE 103

11/5       SHFE 021

11/12    SHFE 146

11/19    SHFE 146

11/26     SHFE 146

12/3       SHFE 146

Priority courses are the following:

  • 11100-11200-11300 Comprehensive General Chemistry I, II, III 
  • 12100-12200-12300 Honors General Chemistry I, II, III
  • Our tutors focus on the Math 150s Calculus sequence and Math 195 and 196. If time permits, they may help with more advanced courses as well.

    Under instructions from the Math Department, our tutors do NOT provide assistance with the Math 130s, Math 160s, or Math 159.  If you need help with the Math 130s, you should see your Junior Tutor. Likewise, if you need help with Math 159, Math 160s Honors Calculus, or the 200 Analysis sequence, the Math Department strongly urges you to seek help from you instructor. 

    Priority courses are the following:

    • 15100-15200-15300 Calculus I, II, III
    • 19520 Mathematical Methods for Social Sciences
    • 19620 Linear Algebra
  • Priority courses are the following:

    • 22000-22100-22200 Organic Chemistry I, II, III
  • Priority courses are the following:

    • 12100-12200-12300 General Physics I, II, III (Variant A)
    • 13100-13200-13300 General Physics I, II, III (Variant B)
    • 14100-14200-14300 Honors General Physics I, II, III

Priority courses are the following:

  • 20000 Elementary Statistics
  • 22000 Statistical Methods and Applications
  • 22400 Applied Regression Analysis
  • 23400 Statistical Models and Method I

 

FAQs

The College Core Tutor Program is designed to help undergraduate students enrolled in Core and other introductory courses. Tutors are generally willing to help students in advanced classes, but they are not required to do so, and the intended users of the program always have priority.

The College Core Tutor Program focuses on scientific and quantitative subjects. Tutors in the program assist students in chemistry, economics, mathematics, biology, computer science, statistics and physics introductory classes.

The College Core Tutor Program is separate from the Writing Program, whose tutors help students with their essay assignments for Core Humanities, Social Sciences, and Civilization courses.

Tutors in all subjects are stationed in the North Reading Room, which is reached via the 3rd floor of Harper Memorial Library (see map at the bottom of this page).  Tutors are available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7 to 11 p.m. from the second week of each quarter through exam week (week 11). 

In Autumn 2019 there will be a weekly group session on Tuesdays to reinforce concepts from ECON 200 and 20010.  The sessions will begin at 6 pm, with ‘office hours’ starting at about 7 to answer specific questions.

 

Econ Group Meeting Locations:

10/8       SHFE 103

10/15    SHFE 021

10/22    SHFE 103

10/29    SHFE 103

11/5       SHFE 021

11/12    SHFE 146

11/19    SHFE 146

11/26     SHFE 146

12/3       SHFE 146

 

 

Information on the Writing Tutors’ schedule may be found on their webpage.

No. Students are tutored on a first-come, first-helped basis. Therefore, you might have a short wait if several students want to see the same tutor.

The Tutor Program offers great flexibility with average help times. In periods of low demand, Core Tutors will try to be available for as long as a student needs.

Some nights are busier than others, so you should expect a short wait until a tutor is available. With this in mind, you are encouraged to continue studying the course material with which you need help, or bring work from other classes, so that you have something to do while waiting.

Tutors are expected to help mostly with material studied in class (e.g. concepts and principles) and not to focus on particular problems assigned as homework. When helping with homework, tutors will assist students by using analogies and general examples to help students solve the assigned problems on their own.

You should first see your course instructor and TA to discuss any problems you’re having with course material. In addition, educational counselors are available through the Academic Skills Assessment Program. A.S.A.P. counselors help students assess and strengthen writing and study skills by focusing on time management, reading comprehension, test strategies, and other academic concerns. For more information, contact the Student Counseling and Resource Service at 773.702.9800 or look at the A.S.A.P. website.

The College Core Tutor Program works hard to provide students with the best possible assistance. If you have complaints or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the program director at brentfg@uchicago.edu. All comments are confidential.

Hiring begins at the end of each quarter, and ends once all shifts are filled.  If you would like to become a tutor for General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics, please contact us and attach a CV/resume, a short statement of purpose, and the subject(s) you are willing to tutor. 

 

  • If you are interested in becoming a Computer Science tutor, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to express interest in tutoring.
  • If you are interested in becoming an Economics tutor, please contact Professor Kanit Kuevibulvanich in the Economics department (kanit@uchicago.edu). 
  • If you are interested in becoming a Biology tutor please contact Dr. Christine Andrews in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division (candrews@uchicago.edu).

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