Our Academic Centers provide a one-stop-shop for academic support, services, and resources for students living in the residence halls. One of the benefits of living in-residence is that you don’t have to go outside your home to find technical support, peer advising, tutoring, flexible study spaces, even a computer resource center.
And it’s all provided to you at no additional charge — all these services are available to you as part of your residence hall fees.
Whether you would like extra help with coursework, need to talk to someone about choosing a major, or just want a place to study with your friends, the Academic Centers located in the residence halls are the place to go. All of the below services take place in the Academic Centers.
Academic Center Hours
Monday through Thursday: 7:30-9:30 a.m. | 3 p.m.–1 a.m.*
Friday: 7:30–9:30 a.m. | 3–5 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. –1 a.m.
*Center closes for staff meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
**Unit 1 Academic Center has extended open hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–1 a.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Academic Centers provide flexible study spaces. You can study alone or comfortably work with a group of friends. Want to work in a group setting but have a bit of privacy sometimes — you can borrow headphones. Tables, chairs, chalkboards, and bulletin boards make it easy for study partners to support each other through late-night sessions.
Computer stations have everything you need to get projects done. Resources include computers, laser and color printers, paper, copying, faxing, binding, transparencies, and more.
Not only are there both MAC and PC computers, there are also specialized computer software programs, such as design and technical programs. If we don’t have a program you need for a class, let the student-worker at the front desk know and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.
We partner with ResComp (Residential Computing) to provide technical support during designated office hours. Residential Computing Consultants (RCCs) are ready to answer questions, provide technical support, and give computing advice free of charge.
The office hours for each residence hall is posted on the ResComp website.
For students taking some of the more popular lower-division courses, Residential Education provides drop-in tutoring support in the Academic Centers and exam study sessions throughout all of the units.
Frequent tutoring sessions are available for the following courses. Check the calendar (to the right) for daily and weekly schedules.
- Chemistry: 1A, 2A, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B
- Math: 1A, 1B, 16A, 16B, 32, 53, 54
- Physics: 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B
- Writing: all undergraduate writing courses
How Tutoring Works
Tutors are students — generally juniors and seniors — from a wide variety of backgrounds who have excelled in the courses they are supporting. Drop-in sessions accommodate all residence hall students who attend. You might receive individual attention, or work together in a group. The tutor facilitates students learning from each other and building skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the course.
Weekly drop-in sessions focus on the materials covered in class that week. Exam review sessions provide review and discussion of material in preparation for midterm and final exams.
Math and Science
In addition to helping you gain the knowledge you need to excel in a specific course, tutors are trained in identifying core needs. Perhaps you drop in for a tutoring session in physics, but the tutor sees you need more of a foundation in the math skills needed to succeed in physics. The tutor will help you figure out what you might focus on and refer you to the math tutor.
Tutors support all undergraduate writing courses. They focus on core writing skills: how to get started (and overcoming writer’s block), how to outline, how to write a thesis statement. Tutors will engage you by asking probing questions. This is not an editing service. Tutors are not there to correct grammar, but to guide you to become an independent, strong writer.
It is strongly recommended that you come in early for support for a specific paper, and to bring in the course syllabus and writing assignment.
We partner with the L&S Academic Advising staff to provide in-house peer advising for students living in the residence halls. Peer advisors are generally juniors and seniors from a wide variety of backgrounds and academic interests, who enjoy helping other students find their path to success.
Peer advisors have recently experienced what you are going through, understand the Berkeley culture, and have achieved academic success. Advisors help you pave your way to success by focusing on your academic plans, by helping you make informed decisions about issues that affect your academic progress, and by directing you to intellectual and mentoring resources that support your interests.
And you don’t have to venture outside your home to benefit from peer advisors. Peer advisors have regular office hours in the Academic Centers. Office hours are posted at each Academic Center and are available on the Tutoring Calendar (on this page, to the right).