Provide Peer Learning Services to All UCLA Undergraduates
  • Petitioned Chancellor Gene Block

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Chancellor Gene Block
UCLA Division Administrators

Provide Peer Learning Services to All UCLA Undergraduates

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      Save Covel Peer Learning

Covel Peer Learning Labs (formerly Covel Tutorials) provides free academic support for all undergraduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles. Under the justification of “restructuring,” Covel will be closed on June 10, 2011. However, no concrete contingency plan exists to provide this essential student peer tutorial service to the undergraduate population in the coming years.

While we understand that UCLA is facing severe budget difficulties, we believe this decision was not made in the best interest of students. Covel Peer Learning provides free study help in math, science, and writing to more than 3,000 students a quarter while nurturing a unique and collaborative learning environment. Because Covel is open to all students, its closure affects over 20,000 UCLA undergraduates.

Peer learning plays an integral role to both student life and academic success. Its role in constructing an intimate community, innovative learning, and peer mentoring environment cannot be replicated through other academic resources. Covel peer learning diversifies students’ learning experience beyond the confines of the classroom and thus cannot be imitated by alternatives such as departmental tutoring or guidance counseling.

We additionally believe that UCLA is failing its mission as an institution that prides itself in quality education and student resources. While this will undoubtedly tarnish our reputation as a school that values student learning, we consider the true tragedy to be the loss of invaluable help and guidance to our present and future Bruins.

For more information on our campaign to protect the student service of Peer Learning, visit .  For questions, contact

Recent signatures


    1. Great job with this petition! It's time to take public action to have our voice heard. spread the word about a UCLA sit-in to protect student services!

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    3. USAC unanimously approved a Resolution to support the continuation of Covel Peer Learning Labs!! Let's continue to gain signatures through this petition to prove to and sway UCLA administration of the widespread support for Covel Peer Learning.

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bonnie Chan WESTWOOD, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Covel is awesome and I cannot imagine getting my paper done without assistances from their staffers! Please dont close down the lab!

    • Natalie Bunch LOS ANGELES
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a first year at UCLA and I don't know what I would have done the last couple quarters with Covel Peer Learning. It is extremely helpful and I need it next year! You cannot take away our only free tutoring! We will be the only UC with four years of guaranteed housing and no free tutoring. Something is wrong with that picture.

    • Ashima Natt SIMI VALLEY
      • over 3 years ago

      It is just not fair to the students. Covell Tutoring is a great asset to the UCLA student body. I benefited greatly from this tutoring program and the fact that it will not be available next year is devastating. If we are increasing school tuition, students should have MORE benefits not less. Please reconsider.

    • Matthias Aschenbrenner SANTA MONICA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a professor in the Mathematics Department at UCLA, who regularly teaches big sections of calculus. For students in large courses like these, Covel tutoring is often an essential ingredient for their success. It would be a shame to discontinue this unique feature of UCLA undergraduate education.

    • Kathy Tran LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Covel tutoring helped me in many of my sciences classes. After the help of some great tutors, I developed study techniques modeling theirs and did well in classes I didn't have tutors for. It is definitely worth keeping for all future students, especially those who can't pay for private tutoring and helps first years adjust to the intense science classes.


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