Berkeley Philosophy Tutoring
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus, all tutoring will happen online via Zoom.
Please keep in mind that we are receiving more tutoring requests than usual and have limited capacity. Please reach out to Paul, the head tutor, with any questions at
The tutoring program can help undergraduates enrolled in philosophy courses with a number of different issues including: (1) understanding a paper prompt, (2) developing skills at reading philosophical texts, (3) developing a direction/structuring an outline for a paper, (4) arguing for a conclusion clearly, logically and persuasively, (5) general help with logic (12A).
However, if you have substantive questions about course material, such as what a philosopher's argument is in a particular paper, the peer tutoring program is not the best resource to use at first. After all, our tutors might not be familiar with the reading you have questions about. For substantive issues about course content, we recommend that you reach out to your professor or GSI first.
In order for a tutoring session to be effective, the student should come to the session with a clear idea of what they what to accomplish. For example, if you want help writing a philosophy paper, it would be most useful to come having put a substantial amount of work in yourself already (e.g. by reflecting on the prompts, carefully reading the text, and working on an outline).
-- If you don't want to meet face-to-face, then you can request a tutor to give you feedback on a draft, outline, or other work.
-- The peer tutors check the waitlist on Sunday and Tuesday evenings and plan their schedule for the week. You are most likely to receive a response to your request if you submit it before Sunday at 8:00 p.m. and your assignment is due in 72 hours or more.
-- If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please notify your tutor at least an hour in advance. No shows and last-minute cancellations take away time that tutors could give to other students. Repeated no shows and last-minute cancellations may result in ineligibility for future appointments.
--- If you don't hear from a peer tutor within 48 hours of your request, please contact Paul at
. Please be sure to check your spam folder for tutor responses.
Philosophy 2 (Individual Morality & Social Justice)
Philosophy 3 (The Nature of Mind)
Philosophy 12A (Introduction to Logic)
Philosophy 19 (Arabic Philosophy)
Philosophy 25A (Ancient Philosophy)
Philosophy 25B (Modern Philosophy)
Philosophy 117AC (Philosophy of Race)
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