Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers
Lower Level, G03
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 422-6713 (415) 422-2194
The Learning Center offers free one-on-one and group peer tutoring in many subjects for undergraduate students. Over 50% of USF students who have utilized peer tutoring have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher each semester.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an international model of academic assistance that targets historically-challenging courses on campus. SI Leaders are undergraduate students who have previously taken the course and received an A- or higher. SI Leaders sit back through their assigned course section(s), and deliver regularly-scheduled, weekly sessions on the most difficult course content. SI Leaders also work closely with professors to ensure that their sessions are effective and helpful for enrolled students.
Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a program facilitated by students who have mastered a USF STEM course. Each week, peer leaders meet with their group to engage in problem solving and discuss current course materials in Chem 111 and/or Chem 113. Students who participate receive one college credit in addition to their four credit chemistry course.
In addition to subject-specific support, Learning Center staff is available to meet with any USF undergraduate or graduate student to discuss general academic study strategies and techniques.
If you need help polishing your writing, you can set a 30-minute appointment with a USF faculty member at the Writing Center. Our tutors have extensive experience with many types and styles of writing and are available to assist students either in person at any USF campus, or via phone or “Zoom” (video).
The Speaking Center is available to help USF students prepare for public speaking - including speeches, oral presentations, team presentations, and visual aid demonstrations. Coaches are trained peer tutors who are skilled, experienced public speakers and have excellent grades in public speaking.
The Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers offer free academic success workshops on topics including good time management, note-taking and test-taking skills, and taking advantage of students’ unique learning styles.
The Learning Center facilitates America Reads, a tutoring program that teaches literacy to children in kindergarten through third grade in the San Francisco Unified School District. You can join America Reads as a tutor if you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for federal work-study.