Important Update: VARC services will only be available virtually until April 14, 2020 or further notice. Online individual tutoring appointments and online drop-in tutoring will be available to students through GoBoard. For information on how to schedule an online tutoring appointment or join online drop-in tutoring sessions, please see below.

The mission of the Viterbi Academic Resource Center is to enrich the Viterbi educational experience by supporting undergraduate students through peer mentoring, tutoring, academic skills workshops, and group study sessions, helping students learn better study habits and thrive in their classes.

VARC Appointments

To register with VARC and set-up a tutoring appointment, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Select the tutor with whom you would like to schedule an appointment. Click on “View Tutor.” VARC tutors will have a badge showing their affiliation with the center.
  3. In the tutor’s profile, select “Book or Message Tutor Name.
  4. Login to Tutor Matching Service (TMS) and create your student profile. You can log-in with Google and use your USC email account (
  5. You should now be registered with TMS. You can go back to TMS and create an appointment with a VARC tutor. Please note that tutoring through VARC is only available when you schedule an appointment with your USC email account.
Make Appointment

VARC Hours

VARC offers an area for open study space, as well as individual tutoring rooms for one-on-one tutoring sessions

RTH 222
Open Study Space Hours
Monday-Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
213.740.4530 |

"My tutor is very talented and understands how to convey concepts across to people who she is tutoring. She tries her best to help me and her dedication to getting a concept or point across is very admirable."

JuniorCivil Engineering

"The best tutor I have ever had. Really wants to help me succeed, and understand the material. Helped me out in my class 100%, and made me excited for quizzes/tests, because I understood all the material!"

Aerospace EngineeringSophomore

"My tutor was a very easy person to speak to. You can tell he very genuinely wanted to help me do better."

Computer ScienceFreshman

"He did a great job at explaining concepts and explaining the logic behind programming."

Chemical EngineeringFreshman

"My tutor is REALLY smart. Knowledgeable in tons of different subjects."

Electrical EngineeringSophomore

What classes are available for tutoring?


Math 125, Math 126/129, Math 226/229, Math 245


PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 153

If taking PHYS 161 or 171, sign up for an appointment under PHYS 151


CHEM 105aL, CHEM 105bL

Chemical Engineering

CHE 120, CHE 205, CHE 330, CHE 350, CHE 442, CHE 443

Computer Science

CSCI 102, CSCI 103, CSCI 104, CSCI 109, CSCI 170

Electrical Engineering

EE 105, EE 109, EE 202

Industrial & Systems Engineering

ISE 105, ISE 220, ISE 225, ISE 330, ISE 331, ISE 460


WRIT 150, WRIT 340

Our writing tutor can help you with any writing-related work you may have, regardless of the class. If your writing assignment is for a class other than WRIT 150 or 340, simply sign up for an appointment by selecting “WRIT Help”.

Meet the Tutors


Biomedical Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Computer Science


Computer Science


Computer Science


Computer Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Industrial & Systems Engineering



Writing Consultant

Writing Consultations

A consultant from the Engineering Writing Program is available in VARC to answer your questions about writing for your all your courses – not just your engineering classes! The writing consultant can help you:

  • Develop your writing skills.
  • Organize your reports.
  • Learn proper form and grammar.


Make your appointment with the writing consultant through the VARC Online Appointment System. We strongly recommend booking your writing appointments as far in advance as possible, as appointments book up very quickly and there is typically little walk-in availability.

Appointments with the writing consultant follow the same policies as all other VARC peer tutoring appointments.

Tips for a Productive Consultation

Writing consultations are most productive when you have thought in advance about what you would like to work on with the consultant. If you are in the beginning stage of working on a paper, let the consultant help you explore brainstorming techniques to generate ideas for answering your instructor’s assignment. If you have written a draft, go through the draft and mark those areas you are least satisfied with.

Bring any or all of the following with you:

  • Your assignment.
  • Papers previously marked and returned to you from your instructor.
  • An idea of what the person grading your paper wants you to do with this assignment.
  • Any work you have already done on the assignment.

Whatever you do, come ready to participate, with some specific discussion topics in mind. Some topics might be:

  • I would like to narrow the thesis for this paper.
  • I would like to develop some relevant examples for this paper.
  • I would like to revise this paper to incorporate my instructor’s suggestions.
  • I need to cite my evidence correctly.
  • I’m not sure that I have chosen an appropriate voice.
  • I don’t know if this evidence is convincing or relevant.
  • How can I use commas correctly?

Courtesy of the USC Writing Center.

USC Writing Center

The VARC writing consultant isn’t your only resource for help with writing! All USC students can visit the USC Writing Center, located in THH 321. For more information on consultation times, workshop information, and other services, visit the Writing Center’s website.

Online Writing Resources

Common Errors in English Usage
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary Online Edition
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

A complete listing of online resources is available on the Writing Center’s website.

Drop-In Tutoring

VARC is now offering drop-in tutoring. Please note that drop-in tutoring will be scheduled by subject area.

The schedule will be the following:

  • Monday – CSCI 103/109 (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday – PHYS 151/152 (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday – MATH 125/126/226 (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday – CSCI 104/170 (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Important Update:

Drop-in tutoring will be held online only from Monday, March 23, 2020 to Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Drop-in tutoring will not be available during spring break. 

Please sign-in for drop-in tutoring through the following form, The confirmation page will have the GoBoard link for the online drop-in tutoring session.

Please note that tutors will be present in the GoBoard sessions during the scheduled drop-in hours. Each GoBoard has a 5 person capacity. If you cannot join the first GoBoard session, please feel free to join the subsequent GoBoard session. In the case that all sessions are at capacity, a tutor will let you know via email when a space becomes available.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at

Online tutoring through GoBoard

VARC now offers online tutoring for students! The GoBoard platform serves as a great resource to have a tutoring appointment when you cannot make it to VARC. All tutors are trained and happy to help through GoBoard. For more information, please see

To schedule an online appointment, please follow the instructions at the top of this page and select an “online” appointment.

Supplemental Instruction

USC Dornsife Supplemental Instruction
USC Dornsife College of Arts and Letters offers SI sessions for many classes engineering students take, including:
  • BISC 220
  • CHEM 105a
  • CHEM 105b
  • CHEM 115b
  • CHEM 332a
  • CHEM 322b
  • MATH 126
  • MATH 226
  • PHYS 151
Check out the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences SI schedule for the latest information. We strongly encourage you to make SI sessions a regular part of your study habits. Plus, many sessions are led by your fellow Viterbi students!

Visit or Contact Us

Viterbi Academic Resource Center (VARC)
University of Southern California
Viterbi School of Engineering
Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 222
Los Angeles, CA 90089
213.740.4530 |