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Caltech Y Rise Program

About the Program

The Rise Program is an on-campus afterschool math and science-focused tutoring program serving public schools students. The Caltech Y has been administering the program since 2006 and the program has been successful at helping students who struggle with math and science. The tutoring is provided by Caltech undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students can use their Federal and Caltech Work-Study allotment to get paid for the tutoring.

Tutoring Schedule:

Tutoring is offered 4 days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Winnett Lounge.

The Role of a Tutor

  1. Tutors are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 quarters per year and to 1 or 2 days per week of tutoring.

  2. Tutors are expected to show up on time and to contact the Caltech Y if unable to attend a tutoring session.

  3. Each session is 2 hours and tutors generally work with the same students. Some students may be temporarily assigned to different tutors due to scheduling or tutors who are unavailable on a particular day.

  4. Each tutor’s schedule is set per quarter. (Schedule changes can be accommodated)

  5. Tutors are assigned to students according to scheduling and subjects of interest. Make sure that you will fill out the Tutor Application Form so that you can be properly matched with students.

*Your help is always needed even if your schedule changes. As your schedule changes each quarter so will the schedules of other tutors. Things always work out. Tutors’ schedule changes end up canceling each other out and the high school students always get a replacement without having to miss a day due to lack of available tutors.

Tutor Application

Tutor Calendar

Tutor Subjects

Tutor Resources

The Rise Program provides materials for tutors and tutees to utilize during the tutoring sessions. These include: white boards,
markers, calculators, rulers, SAT, ACT and other workbooks, and basic school supplies.

If you would like additional materials provided to assist in tutoring please contact the Rise Program Coordinator.

Tutor Guide

Rise Tutor Guide

Tutor Trainer Tips

Useful Links


Khan Academy
Great videos for a wide variety of subjects. They are a bit long, so it is worth going though them and pinpointing areas to show students.

Really cool simulations that every student can enjoy no matter what level

Varsity Tutors 
Great website for free practice problems, tests and flashcards. Includes tons of subjects including AP, SAT, and ACT.

Student Success at Purdue
Good for helping to get students organized.


Biology Corner - has some great resources including worksheets and videos for all areas of biology, but it requires a bit of navigation to find everything


Mr. Guch
Has a wide range of short Chemistry review worksheets from basic review to more challenging problems

The Periodic Table of Videos
Interesting videos for each of elements of the periodic table

A website devoted to all things Physics


Contact Information

The Caltech Y
Rise Tutoring Program
Phone: (626) 395-6163