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.


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 



           - SPRING 2022 DROP IN TUTORING - 

                      SESSIONS TO BEGIN THURS. JAN. 20th 


                                SCHEDULE TO BE POSTED BY TUES. JAN. 18th 



    Drop-In Tutoring Schedule - COVID SUMMER 2020



    SUMMER ARCH - TA Resources

    ARCH 2021 TA Resources 

    ARTS 2540 The Multimedia Century  Jude Abu Zaineh abuzaj@rpi.edu ; judeabuzaineh@gmail.com Mon 11am-12pm EST OR by appointment scheduled via email https://rensselaer.webex.com/rensselaer/j.php?MTID=m596c9e5274ca0b56297bc432bf7b9034
    ARTS 2700  Sound Recording and Production Kosmas Giannoutakis giannk@rpi.edu Tues 10-12 am.  webexteams://im?space=58c225f0-ba54-11eb-b003-b91317316652
    CHME 4010 Transport phenomena I  Mengyang Hu hum5@rpi.edu Wed.  5:00 pm -7:00 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/hum5
    CHME 4020 Transport phenomena II Mengyang Hu hum5@rpi.edu Wed.  5:00 pm -7:00 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/hum5
    COGS 2105/CSCI 4965 AI IN FICTION AND FACT Mukesh Mohanty mohanm3@rpi.edu Thurs. 11 AM to 1 PM https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/mohanm3
    CSCI 1100 Computer Sci. I Aitazaz Khan khana8@rpi.edu Tues/Thurs 10am-12pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/khana8
    CSCI 2600 Principles of Software Ankita Bhaumik bhauma@rpi.edu Fri 10am-2pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/bhauma
    CSCI 4210 Operating systems Jiawen Zhang zhangj42@rpi.edu Tues/Wed 8-10am, Wed 9-11pm, Thurs 9-11pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/zhangj42
    CSCI 4210 Operating systems Saad  Atique  atiqum@rpi.edu Tues/Wed/Fri 12-3pm, Tues/Wed 10pm-12am, Thurs 4-5pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/atiqum
    CSCI 4210 Operating systems Maksim Kholiavchenko kholim@rpi.edu Tues. 3-5pm 6-8pm; Wed. 3-5pm 6-8pm - Nooks (in my personal room OH: Maksim https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/kholim
    CSCI 4440 Software Design and Documentation Mohammed Shahid Modi modim2@rpi.edu (mauviamodi@gmail.com Wed. 2:00pm to 2:30pm and Thur. 10:30am to 11:00am team meetings webexteams://im?space=a81db160-5dc9-11eb-bc83-3dcb89ada1fc
    CSCI 4550 Interactive Visualization Maksim Kholiavchenko kholim@rpi.edu Thurs. 10:30am to 11:00am https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/kholim
    CSCI 4963 Advanced Programming Using Java. Shahid Modi modim2@rpi.edu Tues/Fri 1:35-3:35 https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/modim2
    CSCI 4963 Advanced Programming Using Java. Bishwajit Saha sahab@rpi.edu Wed 9-11pm, Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/sahab
    ECON 2021 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory Xinying Qu qux2@rpi.edu Tues. & Wed. 2-4 pm  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/qux2
    ECON 4190-01 International Economics & Globalization  Avnish Grover grovea@rpi.edu or  avnish.grover1@gmail.com Tues.  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and  Thurs  3:00 pm to 4:00 pm  
    ECSE 2100 FIELDS AND WAVES I Sombuddha Chatterjee chatts4@rpi.edu Mon. 4 pm -6  pm (Available for answers on the discord server all day on Mon.) chatts4.rensselaer@webex.com
    ECSE 2100 FIELDS AND WAVES I Anindita Ghosh ghosha7@rpi.edu Wed. 3PM - 5PM.  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/ghosha7
    ECSE 2110 Electrical Energy Systems James Onyejizu onyejj@rpi.edu Mon. 6PM TO 8PM,    Wed. 2PM TO 4PM https://rensselaer.webex.com/onyejj
    ECSE 2410 Signals and Systems Jingpeng Hao haoj@rpi.edu Thurs. 10 pm to 12 am  https://rensselaer.webex.com/m/74c40c3e-842f-411d-b0dc-9924c68254da
    ECSE 2410 Signals and Systems Meng Zhang  zhangm19@rpi.edu Mon. 8-10pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/m/633a9143-19b8-42c3-a9de-c7e4fe0bd653
    ECSE 2660 CANOS Chibuikem Ezemaduka  ezemac@rpi.edu Mon. and Thurs.  8pm - 9pm webexteams://im?space=cece60c0-b986-11eb-b0bb-5bc595717c90
    ENGR 1100 IEA Ying Zhang zhangy61@rpi.edu  Wed. 3-4 pm and Sat. 3-4 pm. https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/zhangy61
    ENGR 1600 Matl Science Collin Rowe rowec2@rpi.edu Mon & Fri  2  pm – 3 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/rowec2 
    ENGR 2010 Electric Circuits  Saad Bin Ali Reza  alires@rpi.edu Assistance in the LABS  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/alires
    ENGR 2050 Introduction to Engineering Design  Erim Yanik yanike@rpi.edu  Wed.  10 am - 12 pm & 5 pm - 8 pm  //  Thurs.  - 8 am - 12 pm & 4 pm - 8 pm Machine Shop
    ENGR 2050 Introduction to Engineering Design  Mukul Sharma sharmm3@rpi.edu Mon. and Tues. 4 pm - 6 pm and Wed. 1 pm - 2 pm and Fri. 8 am - 12 pm   https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/sharmm3
    ENGR 2530 Strength of Materials Tathagata Bhaduri  bhadut@rpi.edu Mon. 11 AM - 12 PM - Problem Session - Bi-weekly on Wed. 2 pm - 4 pm   https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/bhadut
    ENGR 2530 Strength of Materials Yue Ding  dingy3@rpi.edu Wed. 8-9 am  and Wed. 2-4 pm  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/dingy3
    ENGR 2600 MAU Nazia Afroz Choudhury choudn@rpi.edu Fri. 2 pm - 4 pm Summer 1, 2 and 3 https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/choudn
    ENGR 2600 MAU Harrison Lee  leeh19@rpi.edu Tues. 2 pm - 4 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/leeh19 
    ENGR 4300 Electronic Instrumentation Saad Bin Ali Reza  alires@rpi.edu Thur. 1:30 pm -3:30 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/alires
    ENGR 4760 Engineering Economics Joshua Schmid schmij5@rpi.edu Mon. 11 AM – 1 PM, Wed. 12 PM – 2 PM, by appointment https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/schmij5
    ENVE 4310 Applied Hydrology & Hydraulics  Christos Varsamis varsac@rpi.edu Fri. 1 pm -3 pm or by email  https://rensselaer.webex.com/rensselaer/j.php?MTID=m58cb9836641e9073e53ff5b3fd46caf1
    GSAS 2965 Introduction to Worldbuilding Pengze Zheng zhengp3@rpi.edu Tues. 5pm - 6pm https://discord.gg/ADnaCQj7DE
    MANE 2220 Inventor's Studio I Damsara Jayarathne jayarj2@rpi.edu Mon. and Thur. 12:45PM to 02:45PM instructor's Office Hrs. https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/jayarj2
    MANE 2720 Fluid Mechanics Avinash Moharana mohara@rpi.edu Tues. 4 pm to 5 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/mohara
    MANE 4030 Elements of Mechanical Design  Kevin Kotharu kothak@rpi.edu Mon. and Thurs. 2 pm -3 pm  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/kothak
    MANE 4030 Elements of Mechanical Design  Rich Sadlon  sadlor@rpi.edu Mon. and Wed. 4 pm 5 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/sadlor
    MANE 4060 Aerospace Structures    Isaac Bannerman bannei2@rpi.edu Mon. 5 pm - 6 pm and Thurs. 5 pm - 6 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/bannej2
    MANE 4060 Aerospace Structures and Materials  Jacob Puritz puritj@rpi.edu Mon. and Wed. 4 pm -5 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/puritj 
    MANE 4080, Propulsion Systems      Isaac Bannerman bannei2@rpi.edu Mon. 6 pm - 7 pm and Thurs. 6 pm - 7 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/bannej2
    MANE 4240 Intro to Finite Elements Ruixiong Hu hur3@rpi.edu Tues. and Fri. 3:30 pm -5:30 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/hur3
    MANE 4500 Modeling and control of dynamics system. Paul McKee  paulmckee1995@gmail.com Wed. 12 pm-2 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/mckeep
    MANE 4500 Modeling and control of dynamics system. Diwei Zhang zhangd18@rpi.edu  Tues. 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/zhangd18
    MANE 4730 Heat Transfer  Xue Li  lix41@rpi.edu Mon. and Thur. 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/lix41
    MATH 2010 Multivariable Calc Zixiao Chen chenz26@rpi.edu Wed. 8PM-10PM EST https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/chenz26
    MATH 4600 Advanced Calculus  Taylor McAuliffe  mcault@rpi.edu  Mon. 9 - 10:30AM https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/mcault
    MATH 4600 Advanced Calculus  Nicholas Salvatore  salvan@rpi.edu Thurs. 1 - 2:30PM https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/salvan
    PHYS 2105 MATHEMATICAL PHYS FOR PHYSICS Marx Akl aklm@rpi.edu  Fri -Wed 4-5 pm eastern https://rensselaer.webex.com/rensselaer-en/j.php?MTID=m6f76ae06859a53b324e9ebeb9cbcae6f
    PSYC 2310 Research Methods & Stats I Alexander Lutsevich lutsea@rpi.edu Tues.  + Thurs. 4pm-5pm  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/lutsea
    STSH 2105/STSS 4964/STSS 4962 Gender & Sustainability Christopher Caulfield caulfc2@rpi.edu Wed. 2-4 pm and by appointment https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/caulfc2
    STSS 2105/STSS 4963 Gender & Race in Culture Christopher Caulfield caulfc2@rpi.edu Wed 2-4 pm and by appointment https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/caulfc2
    WRIT 1110 & COMM 2520 Communication Theory and Practice  Shanshan Yang yangs22@rpi.edu Wed. 9 am - 10 pm Jul. 14th - Aug. 18th  https://rensselaer.webex.com/rensselaer/j.php?MTID=md839eb39f088790a2d60676af64b03bc


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