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Learning Center offers new tutoring program

Learning Center offers new tutoring program

March 03
00:54 2016

Jesus Sustaita | Staff Writer

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A new tutoring program, Peer Academic Coaching, is the latest addition to the Learning Center’s services with an aim to provide individualized, one-on-one support for students.

“Students coming in might have general issues with school, time management, procrastination, anxiety with tests, [or] note taking styles, and want to talk to someone about that,“ said Olivia Fritts, coordinator for academic success programs.

While most services provided by the Learning Center are course-based, this new tutoring program aids students in adapting to the general tempo and expectations of college.

Another distinction for PAC is the way students schedule sessions with their coaches or Peer Academic Leaders. Using a link to their website, students can browse the list of PALs, read their short bios and major for each, all before scheduling a session.

Sessions with PALs are done by appointment. The website is the primary method of making appointments. There are currently seven PALs, each with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and they’re available for a total of 42 hours a week.

The program is generally first-come first-serve, but the Learning Center does its best to have someone available at all times to help any student that might need assistance.

“We have them schedule when students need them most,” Fritts said. “Almost every evening except for Friday evenings are covered.”

The program isn’t limited by a student’s ability to visit the learning center. Using an online platform, students can interact with PALs through video chat and virtual whiteboards, allowing them to share and edit documents together.

“Few universities do it,” Fritts said. “We’re excited to be one that does.”

The PAC program hopes to add several more PALs next semester.

“We are seeing heavy demand,” Fritts said. “Part of the reason is that it’s a lot easier. We’ve always had academic coaching but now it’s peer based and a lot easier for students to schedule.”

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