LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER AND RELATED TUTORIAL SERVICES
SFSU offers students support in their course work through tutoring, specialized courses,
support programs, and individual conferences with instructors. There is no fee for SFSU
students for most options.
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS
All faculty maintain regular office hours and they encourage students to meet with them.
Meeting with the instructors can help the student answer questions, solve problems,
prepare for tests, figure out how to do assignments, find additional help if needed, and
even plan academic and career goals.
The student can find out about faculty office hours from the course syllabus, the
department office, or the instructor. If the student feels a conference is necessary, it is
best to arrange it in advance if possible.
LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER
The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) is the central source of information about campus
learning assistance and is where a student can find out about tutoring services offered
by specific programs and departments.
The LAC also offers tutoring for both native and non- native speakers in the following
areas: reading, writing, and study skills for introductory course work across the curriculum
and for introductory GE mathematics and science courses (100 level and preparatory).
The LAC is located in LIB 438 and can be reached at 338-1993.
TUTORIAL SUPPORT FOR SPECIFIC COURSES
The academic department is a possible source of tutorial assistance. For example, the
following departments have offered tutorial support in the past: Accounting, Chemistry,
Classics, Economics, English Composition (arrangements made through English instructors
for the English Tutoring Center), Finance, Geosciences (Geology and Meteorology),
Mathematics, Philosophy (Critical Thinking), Physics, and Psychology. Check with the
particular department to find out if it offers tutoring.
For many courses, instructors have student assistants who can work with a student on
his/her course work. The student should take the opportunity to get to know these
assistants--ask questions about course material or assignments and, if appropriate, set up
The tutorial services offered by Disabled Student Services, the Intensive Learning Program,
the Minority Engineering Program are presented elsewhere in this section. The following
are additional examples of tutorial assistance which are available:
Women in Engineering (SCI 255)
Tutoring assistance available for WEP students in any of the 99 units required for the B.S. in
Computer Instruction (ADM 107)
Computer Short Courses are available for novice or experienced computer users to
promote user awareness of computer facilities and to provide users with basic skills to
access and utilize these services.
Media Access Center (LIB 308)
ENG 111--a self-paced course to improve reading rate, comprehension, and vocabulary
skills is offered.