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The Garden Learning Community

The Garden Learning Community

Attention: Campus will be closed on Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29th (Thanksgiving Day).


Where STEMs and Flowers Bloom


The Garden is a friendly, welcoming community — designed with each student's learning style in mind. We focus on all learning styles and tempos

Our counselors, instructors, and STEM Center tutors are trained to understand potential challenges you may experience if you participate in any of our Garden-affiliated programs.

Getting Started

The Garden is here to help if you participate in any of these Foothill programs. You will need a referral through your program coordinator, instructor or counselor to access tutoring in The Garden.

Virtual Tutoring in The Garden

We use Zoom to pair you with a tutor. You'll need a quiet space and a computer with a microphone to participate.


  1. See The Garden Tutoring Schedule for your program hours.
  2. Click on  Access Tutors Now to be connected to the Learning Resource Center (LRC) Host and follow prompts to log in.
  3. Let the Host know you would like to be moved to The Garden.

Access Tutors Now

The Garden Hours

Fall 2020 • September 21–December 10

See The Garden Tutoring Schedule for your program tutoring hours.


Monday-Thursday:  9 a.m.–5 p.m
Friday: TBD

Referring a Student to The Garden

Our Philosophy and Methods

The Garden opened on Feb. 20, 2020 as a collaborative project among several founding Foothill College departments and program, including Athletics, Disability Resource Center (DRC), Geography, Math Performance Success (MPS), Psychological Services and Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

These groups have a common strategy to stregthen  a student's foundation for success, by leveraging  principles found in Universal Design for Learning, and principles of Neurodiversity.

The Socratic Method is applied to identify gaps in the student’s knowledge, regardless of the class level of the topic being tutored, so that learning and confidence levels increase in parallel. 

Once the foundational elements are in place, the student can go forth with much greater ease and confidence, as additional knowledge is added on a very strong foundation.

ALEKS in The Garden

To increase both the knowledge and confidence levels of our students, we are providing an AI (Artificial Intelligence) driven learning system called ALEKS, which has been used succesfully for several years as part of the Summer Bridge Math program at Foothill College.

The ALEKS software is available on the computing workstations in The Garden.


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Garden Tutoring Schedule


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We're Here to Help!

Learning Resource Center

All tutoring services delivered virtually for fall.