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Tutoring | Study groups | Study skills | Study areas

Tutoring begins the second week of the term and continues through Dead Week. Appointment sign-ups are done on a week by week basis and are available online for 2 weeks at a time. Appointments are first come-first served but some tutoring may be available by request. Let us know if you don't find a course or time you need. We can't guarantee we can fill all requests but we will try!


The focus of tutoring is to provide support for LACC courses and B.A./B.S. degree requirements. It is done by peer students, usually juniors and seniors, who have been recommended by a WOU professor. Tutors have at least a 3.0 GPA and A's or B's in their tutoring area. Normally they have had the same class, often with the same professor. They can help understand course content, advise how to succeed in a particular course or with a particular professor, and work on study skills. They can be a great mentor to become a master student. Most tutors work for pay, some for academic credit and some volunteer.

Most tutoring is done in one-on-one appointments that you sign up for online.  You can access the Online Scheduler or call the Academic Advising and Learning Center for assistance: (503) 838-8428. You may want to sign up for an appointment with another classmate if it's appropriate for the class and assignment. We can help you arrange a study group, with or without tutor assistance. 

We are always looking for qualified tutors. You can read more about being a tutor, stop by to ask questions or pick up an application, and talk to your professors. It's a rewarding career step for most students, particularly those in the education field.

Study groups

Some students study effectively on their own but many have never tried working in a study group.  A lot can be learned from your classmates to clarify information and study for exams.  Comparing your notes with someone else's can help both of you.  What one of you misses, the other may have in his or her notes.  Also students vary in their understanding of lectures and textbook chapters.  By talking it over, you may gain a different perspective on the subject.  If you haven't ever tried group study, see if you can join one or start one.  Look around for other students that are attentive, take notes and participate.  Ask them if they would like to study together.  Ask the professor to announce that you are interested in forming a study group and arrange details to meet.  Try to keep the group between 2 and 5 people; otherwise interaction and scheduling is difficult.  If you need a place to meet you are welcome to use an area in the Learning Center.  Some groups use a tutor all the time, some occasionally, and some not at all.  Please contact tutoring@wou.edu if you would like help organizing a group, arranging for a tutor, or using the facilities.

For more information on a study group, check out the study skills page.

Study skills

Most students will need to make some changes in their study habits as they adapt from high school to college. Don't be afraid to analyze your own and to try some new study skills that may actually reduce your workload while making you more successful.

There are several study skills evaluations available through the Learning Center. Contact Tamie Saffell, Associate Director of the AALC, for information about these assessments

(503-838-8428 or tutoring@wou.edu). If the results show areas that need improvement, a "mini-workshop" can be arranged to give you suggestions in those areas. There are many handouts, videos, and many online resources available that target specific skills such as time management, test-taking, note taking, textbook reading, math, writing, and memory skills. There are also Tutors available to help you improve your study skills, individually or check out our workshops! If you already know you are having difficulty in any of these areas, let us know and we can direct you to the tutors or materials.

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Study areas

If you need a place to study with a group or by yourself, you are welcome to use the Learning Center. There are assorted tables, and chairs as well as computers. As long as you are reasonably quiet and clean up after yourself, you are welcome to make yourself at home.

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