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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

Drop-in service supports students in enhancing their understanding of course material through peer collaboration. Students hone their problem-solving skills by working with classmates and peer tutors on questions related to course lectures and texts, homework problems, sample exams, and labs. 

During the regular academic year, 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

We also offer limited services during Summer Sessions. Select the course-specific page from the menu on the right for more information.

How to Sign Up

No prior sign-up required. Students are welcome to visit the Science Drop-in Area on the 2nd floor of the César Chávez Student Center during open hours. Select the course-specific page from the menu on the right for the Weekly Drop-in Schedule.

Study Groups

Study Group meets two hours a day, twice a week. A study group facilitator guides the group by reviewing course material, answering questions, and providing worksheets with practice problems for students to work on together. Groups are structured to allow all members to contribute and engage with the course material in an intimate setting. Students will also develop effective study strategies to aid in mastering course concepts.

During the regular academic year, Study Groups are offered for the following courses:

✔ Biology 1A, 1B

✔ Chemistry 1A, 3A, 3B

✔ Molecular and Cell Biology 102

Study groups are not offered during Summer Sessions.

How to Sign Up

No prior sign-up is required. Study group attendance is flexible, although students are encouraged to attend early and consistently. Select the course-specific page from the menu on the right for more information.

Exam Reviews

In the exam review service format, students enhance their problem-solving skills through guided concept review and peer collaboration. Peer facilitators review key course concepts and students collaborate in small groups to solve practice problems. At the end of the session, students take a 45-minute practice exam in a simulated test-taking environment. Solutions to the practice exam may be reviewed with peer tutors in Science Drop-in.

Practice Exams are offered for the following courses:

✔ Chemistry 1A

✔ Chemistry 3A

✔ Chemistry 3B

How to Sign Up

Advanced registration is required for all exam review sessions. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is subject to seating availability.

For more information on exam reviews, select the course-specific page from the menu on the right.