The OME’s Talented Scholars Resource Room (TSR^2) offers free tutoring services to interested MIT undergraduate students. Organized and managed by students, the TSR^2 provides one-on-one tutoring sessions, P-Set nights, as well as exam and final reviews — services ideal for scholars in search of individual academic assistance.
TSR^2 staff maintain a database of available TAs in a variety of subjects, with an emphasis on core curriculum courses and popular electives. Students seeking a TA must place a request with the TSR^2 staff online preferably at least 48 hours before the desired appointment. Students are then matched with a TA for future appointments. All TAs are either graduate students or upper-class undergraduates who have demonstrated proficiency in a particular subject area and are selected through an interview process. In general, all tutoring sessions take place in the TSR^2, room 16-159. However, one-on-one sessions and P-Set nights may also be held in assigned classrooms.
Students who take advantage of TSR^2 services tend to improve their academic performance as well as their self-esteem. Tutoring enables students to clarify materials covered in class, complete assignments more quickly, and prepare for exams more thoroughly. For many students, tutoring is also an opportunity to develop better study skills. The TAs often experience benefits as well, ranging from greater competency within a subject, improved communication skills, a more competitive résumé, and valuable insights into the teaching profession.
For more than two decades, the TSR^2 has been serving talented scholars with a dedication to making its support services and resources accessible, convenient, and useful. Its staff welcomes feedback and suggestions from both students and TAs.