Southwestern College


What is the STARS Program?

STARS is a tutoring program for students in grades 5 through college level offered through Southwestern College’s Learning Assistance Services program.

What are the STARS tutoring goals?

Tutoring goals focus on the following areas:

  • to promote independence in learning
  • to personalize instruction
  • to facilitate tutee insights into learning and learning processes
  • to provide a student perspective on learning and school success
  • to respect individual differences

Tutors do not do the tutees’ work for them but rather help students in ways that enable them to better help themselves and reduce their need for academic assistance.

What is the format of the tutoring sessions?

Tutoring appointments are individual, one-on-one, 55-minute sessions. Two-hour sessions are available for grades 7–college level, if appropriate for the student. Time is allotted at the end of each session for tutee-tutor goal-setting for future sessions and the tutor’s completion of the Session Summary form.

What subjects are included?

Tutoring will be offered for the following subjects:

  • Computer Skills
  • Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics
  • English, Reading, Writing, SAT Prep
  • Foreign Languages
  • Social Sciences
  • Other subjects requested if tutors are available

Will the STARS Program be offered throughout the year?

The STARS Program follows the college academic calendar, so between semesters there will be short breaks during which tutoring is not available.

What is the cost?

The fee is $23 per hour. A minimum purchase of 4 hours is required.

What qualifications do the STARS tutors have to meet?

All STARS tutors are highly qualified for the grade levels and academic subjects for which they tutor. Each has completed the Tutor Training—Level 1 course at SWC or had equivalent training. Many hold B.A. or B.S. degrees, or higher. Some have teaching experience.

If all hours purchased are not used, are refunds available?

Yes, refunds are available upon request except for hours related to unexcused absences or dismissals due to inappropriate conduct. Processing of refunds will take approximately six weeks.

Where does STARS tutoring take place?

In the Southwestern College Academic Success Center (ASC), Building 420, Room 420.

What does the student need to bring to each STARS session?

  • A pencil or pen and notebook for the student’s STARS work
  • Sample school assignments, subject/course book, papers, and worksheets for the subject tutored

Where do I go to sign up my child?

Register at the ASC, Building 420, Room 420. Download this application to get started. 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Call the ASC, 619-482-6348 for questions related to registration, scheduling and payments. For program-related issues or concerns, contact the following:

Elizabeth Kozel, District Tutorial Coordinator, 619-421-6700 ext. 5373,

John Rieder, Learning Assistance Services Coordinator (interim), 619-482-6579,

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Last updated: 2/7/2018 1:45:26 PM