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)

The Summer Tutor Program (STP) offers free tutoring and academic workshops to students enrolled in summer courses. Tutors facilitate a large number of weekly drop-in group tutoring sessions in a wide range of subject areas based on the courses offered during the Summer Quarter, as well as specialized academic workshops based on students’ needs. Tutors are located in the Lathrop Library Tech Lounge, Rooms 149 and 150.

Tutoring Services Offered

The STP offers various types of tutoring, including subject-specific drop-in group tutoring sessions, individual tutoring, and workshops. During the Summer Quarter, we will update the schedule weekly and send this out to students via email every week. 

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.


The STP focuses on group tutoring sessions because, quite simply, it works! Studies show that the majority of students learn best through group learning. Years of experience has also shown us that most students in the Summer Quarter receive the greatest benefit from group tutoring and group study sessions. Don’t worry, though: Your tutors will advise you if they think you could also benefit from individual tutoring sessions, as well.

Group tutoring sessions are based off of the courses offered during the Summer Quarter. The schedule for these sessions is updated every Sunday, and students may “drop-in” to any session at any time. Students do not need to arrive at the beginning of a session and do not need to stay for the entire time. There is also not a formal request or sign-up in advance for group tutoring sessions. 

Tutors provide support for most summer courses, but if you cannot find a drop-in session that meets your needs, please email We will reach out to you directly to see how we can help. If there is not a tutor in the particular subject area you are seeking, we can refer you to additional resources on campus.

In the past, the following subject areas have been covered in the drop-in group tutoring sessions: 

  • 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 – open to any student seeking help with a writing assignment for a summer course, including research papers, analytical essays, reviews, personal essays, or any other type of writing
  • Writing with an English-learning focus

If there is not a group session that fits your needs and interests, individual tutoring may be possible. 

Additionally, if you are enrolled in a language course, we offer Language Conversation Partners for Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. We also offer English Conversation Partners for any student enrolled in Summer Session courses. These are individual, one-on-one conversation sessions where you can practice speaking in the language you are learning. Please note that offerings vary depending upon tutor availability.

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
  • Study Skills for Science/Engineering Classes
  • How to Think Like a Coder

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.

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.

Students may visit Academic Advisors in Main Quad, 160-B35 during drop in hours:

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

For advising inquiries, please use the email address associated with your student population:

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