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Request a Caltech Tutor

The Career Development Center utilizes the Tutor Matching Service (TMS) as our online private tutoring marketplace. Undergraduate and graduate students as well as the postdoctoral community set their own hourly rates and availiability as tutors through the TMS Facebook application.

The Tutor Matching Service provides students with free access to a network of tutors that is searchable by name, subject area, course number or school. Additionally, students and their parents can book and pay for tutoring sessions. This is a great place for you and your student to get to know the potential tutor through accessible profiles as well as rating and payment systems.

For technical difficulties, payment questions, or any other type of inquiry about this application, please contact

For Tutees and Parents of Tutees

Making Arrangements

  • Having selected a tutor, you must agree upon a time and location for your first meeting. You may be more comfortable holding tutoring sessions in a public place. There are multiple libraries on campus with group study areas that can be reserved in advance. If you are unable to come to Caltech for tutoring, tutors may be able to come to your house.


  • Try to talk on the phone with potential tutors before meeting.
  • Ask pertinent questions, and watch for inconsistencies in what you are told.
  • Ask for referrals and call them.
  • Meet in daylight, preferably in a public place. If you have a cell phone, take it with you. Never let anyone pick you up in a car. Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you intend to return. If your tutor is visiting your home, let them know that a family member or friend will also be there.

For Parents

  • Ask for references to the parents of other children the tutor has worked with.
  • Be clear where tutoring will take place and who will be present.
  • If a tutor comes to your home, leave the door to the room open and check in periodically. If you or your child feels uncomfortable, do not hesitate to call off lessons.


  • Make sure to notify your tutor well in advance if you need to cancel a session.
  • Exchange contact information and agree upon a no-show policy. You should agree upon a required amount of advance notice before a cancellation, and should establish a late policy as well.

Not all tutors and students will be compatible. If you think that your tutor is not working out after a reasonable amount of time, you have the right to request a new tutor. Keep in mind that tutors are only a supplement in the learning process; you must try to keep up with lectures and reading material for tutoring to be effective, and tutors cannot do your work for you.