Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC)

Stanford Summer Session is committed to robust academic support. In addition to Stanford’s world-renowned faculty and libraries, the Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) offers academic support services to visiting and matriculated Stanford students enrolled in the University’s summer quarter. SARC includes two programs: Summer Tutor Program (STP) and Academic Advising.


Summer Tutor Program (STP)

Drop-In Tutoring

Language Conversation Partners

Academic Workshops

Drop-In Tutoring

Tutors facilitate daily drop-in tutoring sessions that support the majority of courses offered in the Summer Quarter. The tutoring schedule will be updated every Sunday once classes begin, and you may “drop-in” to any session at any time. You do not need to sign up for tutoring in advance, and do not need to arrive at the beginning of a session or stay for the entire time.

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

  • Biology

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Chemistry (General and Organic)

  • 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

*STP is not able to offer academic assistance with Computer Science courses. For support with Computer Science courses students should attend TA office hours.

STP does not offer SAT, ACT, GRE, or other standardized test tutoring. Our mission is to support students for the Stanford Summer Quarter curriculum.

If there is not a group session that fits your needs and interests, individual tutoring may be possible. Please email Our team will email you about your options, and if there is not a tutor in the particular subject area you are seeking, we can refer you to additional resources on campus.


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.

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. Non-Native speakers can also request an English Language Conversation Partner to practice their English language skills.

SARC is currently offering language conversation in English, Mandarin and Spanish. Please email with your full weekly availability and our Tutor Manager will attempt to match you with an available tutor.


Academic Workshops

Workshops are offered every week in a variety of areas.

Here is a list of workshops offered in previous 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

Students will receive a weekly newsletter listing upcoming academic workshops, but we will also be posting a list of events on this website as they become available. 


Summer Academic Advisors

Summer Academic Advisors serve visiting Summer Session students (visiting undergraduate and graduate students and High School Summer College students).  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 areas.

Stanford matriculated students should contact their respective graduate and undergraduate advisors for Summer Quarter advising.

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

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