Center for Teaching and Learning

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides many kinds of tutoring and learning support, focusing especially on writing, quantitative reasoning, and sciences.

Writing Center

The Yale College Writing Center, part of the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, oversees several programs that can help students improve their writing. The Center provides a Bass Writing Tutor in each residential college to help with individual essays. Bass tutors work with students on any type of writing—from course papers to senior essays to fellowship applications—and at any stage of development, from initial notes to a near-finished draft. Each tutor is available for approximately ten hours a week and usually meets with students by appointment on a one-to-one basis.

Another program, called the Writing Partners, offers drop-in help with writing at the Center itself. Writing Partners are graduate students and advanced undergraduates selected both for their writing skills and for their ability to talk about writing. They can give feedback at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to final revision. Both the Bass tutors and the Writing Partners help with writing in all disciplines, and provide tutoring for students who are writing in English as a second language.

For more information about the Writing Center and its programs, visit the Center’s Web site. The Web site also offers information on how to use sources effectively and avoid plagiarism

Science and Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers tutoring in quantitative reasoning and science, including all areas of math, science, and economics.

The Residential College Math and Science Tutoring program offers tutoring at scheduled times in the residential colleges and at the CTL. The tutors are advanced graduate students chosen for their teaching ability and their expertise. Tutoring in math, science, and economics is available to all Yale College students on a walk-in basis. You can find out tutor hours and which subjects they cover on the Residential College Math and Science Tutoring Web page. For further questions, contact Kailas Purushothaman.

Students in a QR or Sc course who need additional help—as confirmed by the professor—may apply for small-group or individual tutoring to supplement their visits to teaching fellow office hours and Residential College Math/Science tutors. Applications to request a tutor can be downloaded from the program’s Web page. For more detailed information, visit the Science & Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring Web page or contact the program coordinator, Kailas Purushothaman.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Students in an Hu or So course who need additional help—as confirmed by the professor—may apply for small-group or individual tutoring to supplement their visits to teaching fellow and faculty office hours. For more detailed information, see the Center's Web site. Note that Economics is covered by the Math/Science tutoring programs described above.

Foreign Languages

If you need help with foreign languages, please see the website for the Center for Language Study.