The TLC Tutoring Program offers one-on-one peer support in introductory courses in biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry.

Any student registered in a course covered by the program is eligible to schedule multiple sessions per week with a trained peer tutor.

Before you arrive at an appointment with a TLC tutor, complete this worksheet, which will help you articulate your specific questions in order to maximize your 45-minute session.

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Available Courses

BIOL 121
BIOL 122
BIOL 205
BIOL 206
BIOL 207
CHEM 105
CHEM 160
CHEM 203
CHEM 205
CHEM 211
CHEM 212
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
MATH 192
MATH 201
MATH 202
MATH 211
MATH 216
PHYS 211
PHYS 212

What to Expect

Expect to talk with the tutor about your content concerns as well as your habits and strategies in the course. In 45 minutes, you will need to focus on 3-4 specific questions targeted at where you need the most clarification. If you need help with homework, you should identify some questions you have about the homework concepts so that you can complete the homework on your own following the tutoring appointment. You and your tutor should find parallel problems to attempt together which address the identified concepts. Making mistakes with and in front of your tutor is going to help you avoid making them elsewhere.

Although students are welcome to schedule appointments as needed, tutors are trained to “work themselves out of a job”! That means that they should be giving clients tools to work smarter and more independently. If students are regularly scheduling appointments and tutors believe they are able to succeed without this support, the students may be asked to leave slots open for other individuals.

What else can I be doing to be successful in these courses?

Determine where and why you are stuck, and how you will get help.

Use this worksheet, which we believe will make any of the following interventions much more effective.

Consult your instructor.

We believe that the professor teaching the course is your best "tutor." Don't be afraid to ask for help. The instructor knows where you are having trouble and can best explain what is expected of you in the class. They can advise you on what to do differently on your own as well.

Sign up for a Study Group.

Student Learning Support offers open enrollment study groups for many introductory courses. Effective study groups have been demonstrated to provide meaningful and efficient mechanisms for learning at all levels. These groups meet for 90 minutes once a week at regularly scheduled times and are led by trained group facilitators who have been successful in these subjects. Participants will be expected to come prepared to ask questions, and to work together with other group members to clarify course content and problem solve. The trained facilitator will coach students through problem solving, and guide group work. Visit buapps.bucknell.edu to check schedules and register.

Contact studygroups@bucknell.edu with any questions.

Attend the help sessions (if available).

If you attend more regularly, get involved, and ask questions, you will be taking an active role in your own learning process, which can make a big difference.

Consult with teaching assistants assigned to the course (if available).

These students are selected by the department for their ability in the subject and their familiarity with course materials. Often, they are also familiar with the instructor's teaching methods, and thus are well suited to helping students through difficulties in the course.


If you have any questions about scheduling, or experience any difficulties, contact tutoring@bucknell.edu or call 570-577-1841.