Information For Students
- The Tutoring Program
- No Show and Cancellation Policy
- Drop-In Tutoring
- About the tutors
- How to prepare for a tutoring session
- If you want to become a tutor
The MiraCosta College tutoring program provides academic assistance free of charge if you are enrolled in either day or evening credit classes. Help is available in about 130 courses.
Tutoring is available Monday through Friday, day and evening hours, at both San Elijo and Oceanside campuses when classes are in session. Tutors are available by appointment for individual (one-to-one) help and on a drop-in basis (visit the tutoring center to view the current drop-in schedule). Appointment sessions usually last 50 minutes and are arranged for the student and tutor at a mutually convenient time. Additional sessions may be requested as needed.
To make a tutoring appointment, contact the tutoring center at the campus where you wish to be helped. Appointments for tutoring must be made at least 24 hours ahead of when you want to be seen. You can expect to see a tutor in a day or two. Additional appointments for help in the same course may be made after your most recent session is concluded but may not be scheduled for at least 48 hours. We make one appointment at a time and do not make standing appointments. Students may schedule up to two appointments per week per course.
To see a lab tutor, drop in at the posted times when tutors are on duty. No appointment is needed; lab tutoring is helpful if you have a quick question or need immediate assistance.
At the Community Learning Center we offer free tutoring for GED, English, ESL, Citizenship, Adult High School Diploma, study and test taking skills. Help is available on a drop-in or appointment basis Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Academic Support Room.
We do not accept cancellations made via e-mail
You must appear for your appointment within the first 15 minutes or cancel any time prior to 8 a.m. the day of your appointment.
To cancel an appointment, you must call or leave a voice mail message.
You are a “no show” if you fail to appear for an appointment within the first 15 minutes and/or you have not cancelled before 8 a.m. You will be denied tutoring appointments for 10 school days if you have two “no shows.” Subsequent "no shows" may result in ineligibility for tutoring for the remainder of the semester. To avoid this, please cancel appointments you decide not to keep. Students who cancel their appointments three consecutive times will be considered as having one “no show.”
Our Phone Numbers:
- Oceanside: 760.795.6682
- San Elijo: 760.944.4449 x7748
You can leave a voice mail message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Biology Drop-in Tutoring is available at the Oceanside Campus (Finals week schedule)
Chemistry Drop-in Tutoring
is available at the Oceanside Campus (Finals Week schedule)
Chemistry Drop-in Tutoring is available at the San Elijo Campus (Click here for schedule)
Math Drop-in Tutoring is available at the Oceanside Campus (Finals Week Schedule)
Music Drop-in Tutoring is available at the Oceanside Campus (Click here for schedule)
Tutors are MiraCosta students who
- enjoy helping other students
- are approved by instructors as knowledgeable in the course material
- are skilled in relating effectively to students
- are trained in tutorial skills.
Tutoring is a team effort: you and your tutor work together to help you do well in your courses. Be sure to bring your class notes, textbook, current class assignment, and a list of particular questions you may have. Make sure that before you see a tutor that you have completed or attempted your assignments and have made every effort to overcome your learning difficulties on your own. If you cannot seem to do so, then we will be glad to help you.
As a successful MiraCosta student, you may want to help your peers by becoming a tutor. As a paid hourly position, tutoring allows you to help others, offers a flexible work schedule, provides convenient employment on campus, and reinforces your own learning. Qualifications include earning a grade of B or A in the course(s) you wish to tutor and recommendation by your instructor(s). If selected, you will be provided with training in how to tutor.
If you are interested in applying for a tutoring position, complete an application at the tutoring center at any campus prior July 1. If we are interested in considering you for an opening, we will call you to schedule an interview.
- Tutor Application (PDF)
- Tutor Applicant FAQ (PDF)