What We Do
The SLC Science Program offers support for many Science classes. Students are encouraged to work together to achieve academic success.
We offer different types of support for students depending on which classes they are taking. For your general information, we have included brief descriptions of the types of support we offer below. But please select the course(s) that you are currently taking from the menu on the right to find out specifically what is offered for your course.
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.
The SLC will offer Science Drop-in Tutoring for the following courses:
Bio 1A, 1AL, 1B;
Chem 1A, 1AL, 3A, 3AL, 3B, 3BL;
Physics 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B.
How to Sign Up:
No prior signing-up is required. Just come to the Science Drop-in Tutoring Area on 2nd floor Chávez during an open hour for your class.
Study Groups meet 2 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.
The SLC will offer Science Study Groups for the following courses:
Bio 1A, Bio 1B. Chem 1A, Chem 3A, Chem 3B, Physics 8A.
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.
An SLC Study Group leader lecturing in his organic chemistry Study Group.
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.
The SLC will offer Mock Exams for the following courses:
Bio 1A, Chem 1A, Chem 3A, Chem 3B.
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.
Students participating in a Mock Exam to prepare for their upcoming final exam. After an hour, SLC Study Group Leaders will go over the answers to the Mock Exam.
Mini-Lectures are typically held during the two weeks before each midterm. Mini-Lectures are 1 hour lectures that primarily review course material and stress topics that students consider the most difficult or confusing.
The SLC will offer Mini-Lectures for the following courses:
Bio 1A, NST 10.
How to Sign Up
No prior signing up to attend Mini-Lectures is required and any student may attend any lecture. Mini-Lecture specifics will always be posted on the SLC course websites.