Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC)

About 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.

For Summer 2020, all SARC programs will be conducted online.

The SARC summer schedule will be posted here on or before June 22, 2020. During Summer Quarter, students will also receive a weekly newsletter with the SARC schedule and updates.


Summer Tutor Program (STP)


Tutors facilitate virtual drop-in and by-appointment tutoring sessions that support the majority of courses offered in the Summer Quarter. For tutoring by appointment, you need to register in advance and will meet with a tutor one-on-one. For drop-in sessions, you do not need to sign up in advance and do not need to arrive at the beginning of a session or stay for the entire time.

In the past, SARC has offered tutoring in the following subject areas:

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

If you have questions about tutoring or do not see a session that meets your needs, 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.

The tutoring schedule will be posted on or before June 22, 2020.

Services for Non-native English Speakers / ESL Students

Non-native English speakers can come to any tutoring 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 English speakers can also request an English Language Conversation Partner to practice their English language skills.

To request an English Language Conversation Partner, email with your full weekly availability and our Program Managers will match you with an available tutor.

Academic Workshops

Academic Workshops are offered every week in a variety of areas. SARC workshops address core academic skills and academic life at Stanford. For Summer 2020, we are also designing workshops that support online learning. 

Here is a list of workshops offered in previous summers:

  • From Topic to Thesis: Getting Started on Your Essay
  • Intro to MATLAB
  • The Premed Journey
  • Personal Statements
  • Study Skills for Science/Engineering Classes
  • Art and Science of Negotiation
  • Introduction to R
  • What are the Humanities and Why Do We Study Them?
  • How to Think Like a Coder
  • Communicating with Instructors

SARC workshops will be posted here and in the weekly newsletter. 

Summer Academic Advising

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.

SARC offers by-appointment and virtual drop-in advising. The summer advising schedule will be posted here on or before June 22, 2020. 

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

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