Academic Support

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

Summer Tutor Program

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 STP does not offer SAT, ACT, GRE, or other standardized test tutoring. STP’s mission is to support 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.

Academic Skills Workshops

Workshops are offered every week in a variety of areas. Examples of past workshops include:

  • 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

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors support summer students in their academic and intellectual pursuits and help facilitate visiting summer students’ transition to Stanford. Advisors can assist you with course selection, drop/add procedures, selection and changing of grading options, and course withdrawal and annulment processes. Academic Advisors hold drop-in hours and are available by email.

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