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Program Description

The SLC Science Program supports undergraduates in their pursuit of scientific learning and knowledge at Cal. Our peer-led services are designed to meet students where they are and seek to strengthen their foundation for academic success.    

Program Philosophy

We believe that the ability to engage rigorously in scientific thinking is an essential ingredient for academic and lifelong success. Furthermore, we believe that, with appropriate tools, resources, guidance, and motivation, anyone can thrive in the sciences. To this end, we endeavor to provide Cal students with high-quality, culturally responsive, and equitable services to bolster their confidence and ability to master science coursework. Reflective of the SLC’s overarching mission and approach, we believe that students learning with students promotes community and mastery. We leverage our peer tutors' talents and commitment to service to serve and enrich the science learning communities at Cal and beyond.

Program Formats

We serve students through a variety of access points, from one-on-one consultations to small study groups and lecture-size exam reviews. Scroll below for additional information.

Drop-in Service

The SLC provides Drop-in tutoring for students in many lower division science courses at Cal. Students can come by and talk to a tutor on a first-come, first served basis. The tutors work with students individually or sometimes in small groups, and can answer questions about lectures, course texts, homework problems, sample exams and labs.

Drop-in support is available for the following courses:
✔ Biology 1A, 1AL, 1B
✔ Chemistry 1A, 1AL, 3A, 3AL, 3B, 3BL
✔ Molecular and Cell Biology MCB 102
✔ Physics 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B

How to Sign Up

No prior signing-up is required. Just come to the Science Area on 2nd floor Chávez during an open hour for your class. 

Study Groups

Study Groups meet two hours a day, twice each week. A study group leader coaches the group by reviewing course material, answering questions, working examples to illustrate course concepts, providing worksheets for students to work on together, and helping students develop effective study strategies.

Study Groups are offered for the following courses:

✔ Biology 1A,1B
✔ Chemistry 1A, 3A, 3B

How to Sign Up

Prior sign-up is required in order to be placed in a Science Study Group. Select the course-specific page from the menu on the right for more information and a link to request placement in a Study Group. 

Mock Exams

Typically held the weekend before an actual midterm, students at a mock exam will be given a practice exam written by the SLC and about an hour to work on it as if it were a real exam. Then, tutors will go over the problems with an emphasis on providing tips for how to approach the real exam.

Mock Exams are offered for the following courses:

✔ Chemistry 1A (Chem 1A Mock Final for Fall 2017 is cancelled)

✔ Chemistry 3A (Chem 3A Mock Final for Fall 2017 is cancelled)


How to Sign Up

No prior signing up to attend Mock Exams is required and any student may attend any exam. Mock Exam specifics will always be posted on the course websites and also typically through the lecture.

Exam Reviews

Exam reviews are typically held during the two weeks before each midterm. They are one-hour sessions that go over key course material and stress topics that students consider difficult or confusing.

Reviews are available for the following courses:

✔ Biology 1A
✔ Nutritional Science and Toxicology 10

How to Sign Up

No prior sign-up is required and any student may attend any session. Session specifics will be posted on the SLC course websites.