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Free tutoring on and off campus

By Rachel Yates

Volunteer State Community College offers free tutoring assistance to all students who wish to sit down with a learning assistant or tutor on campus, or if one is studying online assistance is available 24/7 at Tutoring is offered for all students at different levels in the Learning Center and the Language Center.

Kay Dayton explains, “Tutoring is available to all Volunteer State Community College students in the Learning Commons located in Thigpen Library. We are opened Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday’s 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.”

The Learning Commons is located on the first floor of the Thigpen Library.

The Learning Commons has tutors who can help in subjects from math to physics. In addition, they also work to help students in the co-requisite classes if they need help with their reading or writing.

Suzanne Previte, director of the Language Center, tends to pick up when the Learning Center is unavailable. “The Language Center offers students assistance in all forms of communication – written, oral, visual, academic, professional, and personal – and we can work with students in disciplines at any stage of the writing/presenting process,” said Previte.

Beginning Sep. 6, the Language Center will be open Monday’s and Thursday’s 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Friday’s 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Prior to Sep. 6, the Language Center will be open the week of Aug. 29, and will be open that week Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. One can find the Language Center located in the Steinhaur-Rogan-Black Humanities building room 205. Previte added, “Students use the Language Center quite often; in fact, over the past 6 years on average more than one thousand students use the Language Center each semester.”

The Language Center also offers physical consultants with whom the students can work with. If the class meets online, or at an alternate location, the professors are given the opportunity to have a Language Center consultant embedded in their eLearn class shells.

Students who are finding classwork challenging always have tutoring assistance available at their fingertips. Whether having coffee at their favorite coffee shop, or sitting in their living room, all they need to do is access the internet and type in for free online help.

Kenia Alderson, freshman, states, “I feel great knowing that tutoring is offered. I think it’s a really good thing to have because sometimes you need that extra help in some places and tutoring can do that and be useful for us.” VSCC tutoring offers insurance that students can learn and complete homework to meet their deadlines.

Whether it is online tutoring, in the Learning Commons, or in the Language Center students are given many opportunities to successfully get that extra help that one may need.

“If a student comes with a need we try to help them and link it out,” said Dayton. VSCC will have the tutoring schedule available Aug. 29.

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