Disability Information Student Handbook

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Academic and Classroom Accommodations & Services

Tutorial Support

There are numerous options to obtain tutoring support. Programs such as EOPS, Math Performance Success, OTI, and others offer tutoring to their participants. Many divisions offer study groups or instructional associate help for their own course offerings. Students may meet with the instructor during office hours to clarify their understanding of course material. In addition, students sometimes find that hiring a private tutor is most useful and provides maximum flexibility. Familiarize yourself with the various options and match what works best for the class and your needs.

Two general tutorial support resources utilized by DSPS students are:

  • Peer tutoring through the college's Tutorial and Academic Support Services, and
  • Educational Assistance Guidance (GUID) Classes.

Peer and small-group tutoring through campus Tutorial Services

The Student Success Center located on the third floor of the ATC provides a variety of services to improve academic success including:

  • Trained peer tutors for free
  • Individual, group, and/or drop-in tutoring for all students on campus in many academic subjects.
  • Adjunct study skills and learning strategies in small group format to students enrolled in particular sections of classes that are listed in each quarter’s schedule of classes.

The Math, Science and Technology Resource Center is located in S43. 

Help in writing and reading is available in the Writing and Reading Center (WRC) in ATC 309. 

If you would like the Tutorial and Academic Skills Center to coordinate with DSS and Learning Disabilities Support, indicate on the tutoring request application that you are affiliated with our programs.

See the Tutorial and Academic Skills website at http://www.deanza.edu/studentsuccess/tutorial for current information.

Educational Assistance Guidance Courses (GUID)

Trained Instructional Associates provide small group tutoring or a drop-in lab for disability-related study support focusing in language, math, learning strategies, and/or organizational skills. Enroll in Guidance 218 for small group tutoring, or Guidance 219 for drop-in lab. Any student registered with DSS whose disability indicates specialized tutoring support may enroll, on the recommendation of their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist.

Steps to receive instructional support:
  1. Meet with your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist to discuss tutoring support options or request academic assistance. It is recommended that this be done during registration planning in order to reserve time in your schedule.
  2. Read and sign the Instructional Support Contract which describes the procedures.
  3. Follow the procedures specified for small group tutoring and drop-in lab tutoring.
  • Enrollment in Guidance 218/219 Instructional Support tutorials is by approval of designated DSS staff members and is based on educational need.
  • The required attendance policies are specified on the Instructional Support Procedures provided at the first group session you attend, or when you are oriented to DSS Tutorial Services. These must be followed in order to receive course credit.


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Last Updated: 11/1/16