The STEM Resource Center provides academic support to the UC Merced undergraduate students through a variety of services aimed at supporting academics and learning.
Established in Fall 2013, the STEM Resource Center is a non-classroom undergraduate STEM student-centered learning community at UC Merced to allow for gathering and interaction between students from various STEM majors and level. The Peer Tutor/Mentor Program was established within the STEM Center immediately after its opening with the objective of providing academic assistance to undergraduate students, thus contributing to UC Merced’s goal of increasing undergraduate retention rates in math, science and engineering disciplines. The program was designed to serve the diverse UC Merced undergraduate population by providing continues and comprehensive educational support to any student currently enrolled in a program supported course. In Fall 2021, the program was replced by the larger, more inclusive, STEM Tutoring Hub.
Tutoring sessions are discipline-specific and occur at various campus location (see table below). Help is provided on walk-in basis and no appointments are necessary. Tutoring sessions could be One-on-One or Small Group, based on demand.
Our peer tutors are Math, Science and Engineering majors and are selected based on their excellent academic achievements (3.0 and above GPA and at least a B+ in the course they tutor) and strong dedication to the program’s goals. At the beginning of each semester, tutors participate in a mandatory training where tutor guidelines are discussed. Using evidence-based approach, peer-tutors provide clear explanation on studied concepts, assist students with their homework assignments, exam preparation, and lab reports. Please note: our peer tutors will assist you with your work - but will not do it for you.
How to Become a Tutor
Information and eligibility on how to be come a tutor for the STEM Resource Center can be found here.
STEM Tutoring Hub Goals
- Provide student-centered academic support for STEM courses in the form of peer tutoring
- Engage students in learning activities to enhance their academic knowledge and study skills development
- Provide information related to resources on campus
- Encourage students to acknowledge personal responsibility for their own learning and academic accomplishments
- Enhance peer tutors professional skills and intellectual development
STEM Tutoring Hub Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes for students receiving tutoring and for tutors can be for here.