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.
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.
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 supports students in enhancing their understanding of course material through peer collaboration. Students hone their problem-solivng skills by working with clasmates 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 meet 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.
Practice exams support students in assessing their understanding of course concepts and equip them with tools to study effectively leading up to an exam. Students are given an hour to take the practice exam in a simulated test-taking environment, followed by a problem-based content review guided by a team of peer facilitators. The review portion emphasizes synthesis and understanding of course concepts, as well as problem-solving strategies.
Practice Exams are offered for the following courses:
✔ Chemistry 1A
✔ Chemistry 3A
✔ Chemistry 3B
How to Sign Up
Advanced registration is required for all practice exams. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is subject to seating availability.
For more information on practice exam schedules, select the course-specific page from the menu on the right.