Learning Assistance

Exceptional students are drawn to Rensselaer in part by our rigorous education standards.  ALAC offers many services to help you meet your academic goals effectively:

  • Tutoring services cover course-specific material in interactive group sessions for many undergraduate core courses, with an emphasis on first-year and second-year classes.
  • Learning support includes individual academic coaching by professional staff on organizational skills, time management, learning strategies, and similar topics critical to academic success.
  • Summer ARCH - TA Resources

ALAC’s full range of learning assistance helps students start well, stay focused, and succeed in their academic adventure. Contact us at 518.276.6269 for more details about services.  We are here to help.

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Tutoring Services

Tutoring services cover course-specific material in interactive group sessions for many undergraduate core courses, with an emphasis on first-year and second-year classes in the schools of science and engineering.

Drop-in tutoring provides opportunities for undergraduates to review class material with graduate and undergraduate tutors proficient in the course topics.  The goal is to help students become independent learners by having tutors guide them through solving practice problems while demonstrating strategies for exploring a topic.  Their role is not to provide answers, but rather to help students understand questions and identify methods for solving them.

Drop-In Tutoring Schedule - 

During the fall, spring, and summer semesters Drop-in tutoring sessions are offered for selected courses in the schools of science and engineering.  During the summer semesters all tutoring is scheduled on a Small Group basis. 

  • If you need assistance with a 1000-level or 2000-level course that is NOT listed below - please contact Sharon McGrath at mcgras@rpi.edu and include the course number and course title. 
  • If you need assistance with a 4000-level course we will try our best to locate a tutor however, there is no guarantee that one will be found. In such cases we highly recommend that you seek additional assistance from your professor or TA. 
  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A TUTOR PLEASE CONTACT Sharon McGrath as mcgras@rpi.edu 

 

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 ** UPE CSCI 1100 Ex. Review- Fri. Sept. 23rd - 6:30pm - 8:30pm Low 4050**

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BIOL 1010 Intro to Biology - Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
BIOL 2120 Intro Cell Biol. -Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
CHEM 2250 Organic Chemistry I - Mon/Thurs. 8 pm - 10 pm - VOORHEES 208
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I - Mon/Tues/Thurs. 8 pm - 10 pm -  Lally 102
CSCI 1200 Data Structures - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. 8 pm - 10 pm - Lally 102
CSCI 2200 FOCS  - Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
CSCI 2600 Princ. Of Software -  Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
ECON 1200 Intro Econ - Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
ECSE 1010 Intro to ECSE  - Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
ENGR 1100 IEA - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
ENGR 1200 Engr. CAD -Tues/Wed. 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
ENGR 1600 Matl Science - Tues/Wed. 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
ENGR 2090 Engr. Dynamics - Thurs. 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
ENGR 2350 Embedded Control -  Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
ENGR 2530 SOM -Mon/Tues. 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
ENGR 2600 MAU - Tues/Wed. 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
IHSS 1200 Princ. Of Econ. - Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
MANE 2110 NuMPY - Tues/Wed - 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
MANE 2710 Thermodynamics - Mon/Tues/Thurs. - 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
MANE 2720 Fluid Mechanics - Mon/Tues - 8 pm - 10 pm - JEC 3210
MATH 1010 Calc I Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. - 8 pm - 10 pm -  Folsom Library 1st Fl.
MATH 1020 Calc II Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. - 8 pm - 10 pm - Folsom Library 1st Fl.
MATH 1500 Calc. I MGMT - Submit Tutor Request To Sharon McGrath - mcgras@rpi.edu 
MATH 2010 Multivariable Calc - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs.  - 8 pm - 10 pm - Folsom Library 1st Fl.
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq. -  Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. - 8 pm - 10 pm -Folsom Library 1st Fl.
PHYS 1100 Physics I - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. - 8 pm - 10 pm - AE 215
PHYS 1200 Physics II - Tues/Wed/Thurs. - 8 pm - 10 pm  - AE 215

 

                

 

   

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    Learning Support

    The Rensselaer academic experience brings many new and exciting challenges to some of the finest young minds in the world.  For such students, high school work may have been easy, with no need to study or to think about how to study.  The more challenging college curriculum, though, may require learning new skills to adapt to the new circumstances.  Academic support is also available for students referred by Rensselaer’s Office of Disability Services.

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    Learning Assistant Program

    The Learning Assistant (LA) is a Rensselaer student who is responsible for assisting first-year students in becoming active, independent and successful learners.  LA's are assigned to a specific residence hall where they reside and assume responsibility for interacting frequently with the residents of that hall and providing academic-related programs, information and assistance. The LA provides a direct academic support service and acts as a liaison between Advising and Learning Assistance Center and their undergraduates.