Oct 06, 2011
As midterms approach, students might start thinking there isn’t a life outside of textbooks and laptops. Humboldt State’s Learning Center is there to help shoulder the load with expanded services including a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week online tutoring service.
Online tutoring is now available in addition to the center’s traditional options: supplemental instruction, one-on-one, math and group tutoring. The writing center is also available for students to drop by and have their papers reviewed.
According to Michele Miyamoto, tutorial coordinator, more than 200 students request tutoring services each month, but that number can grow with midterms and finals. To meet that need, the center employs 68 student tutors.
Kevin Davis, senior Economics major, has been tutoring through the Learning Center for two weeks now. Professor Beth Wilson, chair of the Economics department, contacted Davis, a former student of hers, and asked if he would help the students in her class review before tests. Davis agreed and has enjoyed the experience. “Its interesting to be on the other side of the table and be asked the questions,” he said.
In addition to special tutoring sessions like what Davis provides, supplemental instruction (SI) is available for one or two lower division science courses each semester. SI tutors attend Biology 104 and Zoology 110 and then meet weekly with students to review course content and study strategies. According to the center, students who regularly attended SI session have high passing rates.
One-on-one tutoring is $10 an hour, per session. “If you need a great deal of catch up, you can take advantage of one-on-one tutoring,” Miyamoto said.
The math tutoring is offered as three different services: drop-in, free small group and one-on-one tutoring. All tutoring services for math are free except one-on-one.
If students can gather a group of four or more students, group tutoring is on the house, thanks to funding from the Associated Students. Academic programs can also request group tutoring as a free service for students.
“Tutoring helps you understand the concepts of class,” Political Science junior Taylor Lopez said. “The small group allows you to ask more questions.”
Economics junior Dennis Franklin uses group tutoring as a way to study for his economics tests. “Tutoring helps me with tests. Going over things in here definitely was a good thing for me.”
For more information, visit the Learning Center website http://www.humboldt.edu/learning/