Sep 08, 2017
With the start of the fall semester, HSU is revitalizing the Learning Center in the University Library, creating a centralized hub of tutoring with longer hours and more services for students seeking academic support.
The Learning CenterThe center and all its services will be moved to the first floor of Library – a project mostly funded by the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM grant, which U.S. Department of Education [AS1] awarded to HSU last year.
The move, says Su Karl, Learning Center Director, is an effort to give students the academic assistance when they want it in a welcoming environment.
“The new floor plan is open and airy,” says Karl. “Tutoring isn’t happening behind closed doors anymore.”
The center will be open daily. Hours will vary. Tutoring is free and will be available for many subjects in the evenings. A full detailed schedule is available on the center’s website.
Library Dean, Cyril Oberlander, says the move is in line with the university’s goal of making the library and student success services more accessible and available to all students.
“We are very excited to bring the Learning Center to the first floor, as one of the busiest spaces for student learning, it makes sense to have learning services located centrally, alongside librarians, technology help, and access services,” says Oberlander. “The visibility of learning services matters. HSU Library is committed to providing inspiring resources, service, and learning experiences that transform student lives and the world, so having the Learning Center join us on the main floor simply makes sense.”
Freshmen are the most common users of the learning center, and many are first-generation college students, low-income, or underrepresented minority students. According to Karl, of the students she’s spoken with, many expressed a desire for the center be open longer and easier to find. “The move was definitely prompted by students asking for more access to the center,” says Karl.
The Learning Center comprises the Learning Lab, offering general tutoring, the Science Tutoring Lab, the Math Tutoring Lab, and the Writing Studio. The center offers free tutoring for any HSU student with specific help available for more than 50 subjects.
Students can either drop in for a tutoring session or schedule an appointment. Students can get help with study strategies, build software skills, or take part in a wide range of workshops including test preparation, note taking, financial management, and more.
The center is also a big employer of HSU students, with a variety of opportunities to become a tutor in many subjects. “Many students who use our services become tutors,” says Pamela Conn Flores, Administrative Support Coordinator for the center. A full list of student job opportunities is available online.
To learn more about the HSU Learning Center, visit humboldt.edu/learning.