Disability Information Student Handbook

Special Education Is Now Disability Support Programs & Services

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

Tutorial Support

There are numerous options for obtaining tutoring support at De Anza. 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 often 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 resources utilized by DSP&S students are the instructional support in the Educational Diagnostic Center and peer tutoring through the Tutorial and Academic Skills Center.

Peer tutoring in Tutorial and Academic Skills Center

The Tutorial and Academic Skills Center provides trained peer tutors for free individual, group and/or drop-in tutoring for all students on campus in many academic subjects. They also offer 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 S 43.  Help in writing and reading is available in the Writing and Reading Center (WRC) in ATC 309.  Help in Accounting, Economics, Foreign Languages and all other subjects is in L47.

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

See the Tutorial and Academic Skills website at for current information.

Instructional support in the Educational Diagnostic Center

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 118 (1 unit) for small group tutoring, or Guidance 119 (1/2 unit) for drop-in lab. Any student registered with DSS or EDC whose disability indicates specialized tutoring support may enroll, on the recommendation of their counselor/advisor.

Steps to receive instructional support:
  1. Meet with DSS counselor or EDC advisor 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. Attend an instructional support orientation at the EDC so that you learn the guidelines to use the services effectively.
  3. Read and sign the Instructional Support Contract which describes the procedures.
  4. Follow the procedures specified for small group tutoring and drop-in lab tutoring.


  • Enrollment in Guidance 118/119 Instructional Support tutorials is by approval of designated EDC or 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 the lab. These must be followed in order to receive course credit.


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Last Updated: 2/3/10