Academic Support

Stanford Summer Session is committed to robust academic support. In addition to Stanford’s world-renowned faculty and libraries, students have access to free tutors in most academic areas, academic skills coaches, and academic advisors through our Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC). These expert staff members make it their primary responsibility to teach, develop, and support the skills necessary to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC)

The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) offers academic support services to visiting and matriculated Stanford students enrolled in the University’s Summer Quarter. SARC is comprised of two main programs: Summer Tutor Program (STP) and Academic Advising.

Summer Tutor Program (STP)

STP provides subject-area tutoring, foreign language conversation partners, and academic skills workshops to all students enrolled in summer courses. STP is modeled after Stanford VPTL tutor programs that run during the academic year. Tutors are specially trained Stanford undergraduate and graduate students. They help you master the skills needed to succeed on your own after tutoring sessions by coaching you rather than providing answers.

Subject Area Tutoring

Tutors facilitate daily drop-in tutoring sessions that support the majority of courses offered in the Summer Quarter. If we don't have a drop-in session that fits your needs and interests, individual tutoring may be possible. The tutoring schedule has included the following subject areas, but is not limited to:

  • Biology
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemistry (General and Organic)
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Math
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Writing
  • Writing with an English Language Learning focus

Please note that the STP does not offer SAT, ACT, GRE, or other standardized test tutoring. The STP’s mission is to serve the Summer Quarter curriculum.

Language Conversation Partners

Language Conversation Partners (LCPs) are available to help you improve your foreign language skills. They help you meet the oral proficiency objectives of your summer language courses. With the exception of ESL students seeking English-language practice, students must be enrolled in a Stanford summer language course to be matched with LCPs. Please note that our staff cannot support all summer language courses.

Academic Workshops

Workshops are offered every week in a variety of areas.

Here is a list of workshops held in past summers:

  • What are the Humanities, and Why Do We Study Them?
  • Study Skills Workshop: Acing the Midterms
  • From Topic to Thesis: Starting the Final Paper
  • Engineering Beyond Engineering: Study Skills for Science/Engineering Classes
  • How to Think Like a Coder
  • Effective Communication for International Students
  • CS Decomposition
  • Resilience: Learning from Failure, Rejection, and Setbacks

Services for Non-native English Speakers / ESL Students

Non-native English speakers can come to any drop-in session (STEM, Social Sciences, and Writing sessions). Some of our Writing sessions have an ESL focus; you can choose to go to those or to any Writing session. Some of our workshops also address topics that are particularly relevant to non-native English speakers and international students.

Academic Advising

SARC Academic Advisors serve visiting students enrolled through Stanford Summer Session. Academic Advisors assist with course selection and requirements, drop/add procedures, selecting and changing of grading options, course withdrawal and annulment processes, and the academic petitions associated with each of these academic areas. Stanford matriculated students should contact their respective graduate and undergraduate advisors for Summer Quarter advising.

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