Free tutoring is available from fellow students through the Berkeley Optometry Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Chapter. Tutoring services are unique to the Berkeley chapter, as we believe in the importance of helping all students through the learning process.

BSK requires its members to provide 2 hours of tutoring a semester, though many dedicate more. We provide weekly tutoring on techniques and skills in the preclinic with additional sessions offered near practical exams. In addition, BSK offers weekly sessions in the Fong Optometry Library; tutors are in the library for 2-hour sessions, and anyone who may have questions about specific classes is free to drop in. If any student wishes for more help individually, a private tutor can be requested.

In past academic years, BSK members provided over 400 hours of tutoring!

Student Testimonial

“In the final weeks of my second-year Spring semester, I felt at a loss about how to prepare for my pharmacology final.  I met [with my tutor] for three hours and discussed practice questions. Different people have different study strategies, and having her show me her pharmacology study strategy really helped me with the final.”


To arrange tutoring, please contact our BSK presidents at the email below.

BSK Presidents

BSK Faculty Advisor, Richard C. Van Sluyters, OD, PhD

About Beta Sigma Kappa

Beta Sigma Kappa is an international Optometric honor society with more than 2,300 members worldwide. The mission of BSK is to stimulate scientific attainment, academic excellence, and the ethical practice of optometry, and to promote and provide financial support for worthy research projects relating to vision care and the eye. Membership in BSK is yearly and invitation to membership is extended to second, third, and fourth year students possessing the following record of achievement: (1) a GPA of 3.5 in their first professional year (2) a cumulative GPA of 3.4 in the first two years, (3) a 3.3 cumulative GPA for the first three years or (4) a 3.2 cumulative GPA for all four professional years.

All BSK members are given a Certificate of Membership and a gold cord to proudly wear and keep upon graduation. In addition, Beta Sigma Kappa annually awards its Silver Medal to the graduate BSK member who epitomizes the mission of BSK at Berkeley Optometry.