During the fall and spring semesters, The Learning Center is a popular meeting place for the tutors of various science and foreign language courses. If you would like to inquire about the availability of such tutors, ask your course instructor or come into The Learning Center to browse the current subject tutor schedules.
Getting the Most Out of a Tutor Session
If you are struggling with your coursework or simply want to have a better grasp on the material, we encourage you to use our tutoring services, and while we will never turn you away, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of a tutoring session.
Have Specific Questions:
Tutoring is not the same as teaching. A good tutoring session, which generally takes 5-20 minutes, will be focused entirely on one concept. Asking specific questions allows your tutor to identify what you are struggling with and tailor an explanation to help you understand it.
Attempt the Assignment Before You Ask For Help:
If you are overwhelmed by an assignment, don't hesitate to ask for help. However, you will get more out of a tutoring session if you have attempted the work ahead of time.
Practice is the only way to master any concept or skill. A combination of practice, self study, and tutoring should allow you to master any subject you are struggling with.
Be a Tutor:
Once you think you understand a concept, see if you can help some of your classmates or friends with their work. Tutoring someone will show you what you do and do not understand about a subject, and participating in study groups or helping your friends with their homework is one of the best ways to learn.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is the part of the Learning Center that oversees our English tutors. It operates out of Egan Room 105 (formerly known as "The Think Tank"), just down the hall from the main Learning Center Room.
Writing and English tutors are available from 2:00pm to 7:00pm, Sunday through Thursday. Drop in to see our schedule and sign up for a tutor session.
Who we are
We are upper-division writing students and faculty who have been specially trained to work with you on your writing and to help you become a better writer. We are genuinely interested in what you have to say, and we are known to be attentive, supportive, and helpful.
What we do
We discuss your writing with you. After all, we think that's what writers need most--readers who are interested in their writing and who want to respond to it. Thus, we hope you will visit us often--with anything from your biology paper to the poem you wrote last night. While we do not claim that we will always be able to respond to the content of a discipline-specific paper, we can certainly be of help with other aspects of it. Give us a try! You are also welcome to come see us if you're working on a scholarship application letter, a BLA portfolio, or a story of your own. Bring us your questions, concerns, or a request for feedback.
What We Don't Do
- We do not write, revise, or "fix" papers. We do not proofread (instead, we work with you on editing your papers if you so wish).
- We do not spend unlimited time with one student.
- We do not work on every aspect of a paper in one sitting.
- We do not estimate grades.
- If you are in the neighborhood (Room 105 Egan Library), drop in and sign up. The sign up notebook will be on a table as you enter. Simply write your name in the most convenient time slot and be sure to be there in time for your tutoring session.
- We generally start tutoring at 2:00pm and have tutors available until 7:00pm or later. It is advisable to schedule a writing tutor in advance.
- If you can’t drop in and sign up, call (796-6187).
- Hopefully your scheduled writing appointment will work nicely. Remember, though, if you are ten minutes late, your appointment may be given to another student. When things don’t go as expected, be sure to call to cancel the appointment (796-6187).
What to Bring
- Bring the latest draft of the paper you want to discuss.
- Bring earlier drafts if you'd like us to look at the changes you've made.
- Bring the assignment handout from your instructor to help us understand the requirements for your assignment better.
- Bring questions you have for us, or be ready to let us know what kind of feedback you are hoping to get.
And most of all, remember: There isn't much we can do for you if your paper is due in an hour! To get the most out of your appointment, please make it well ahead of your deadline. Hope to see you soon!
We also offer distance writing tutoring for students who are ill, not in Juneau, or have childcare problems.
- Call the Writing Center (796-6187) and set up an appointment.
- E-mail us a copy of your essay and as much information about the assignment as possible, including instructions, problems, and concerns. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Call the Writing Center at your scheduled time and be sure you have a copy of the essay in front of you.
- The writing tutor will conference with you as if you are at a typical appointment.
- We do not go over essays and send them back to students. The student must be present either physically or by phone to be tutored.
Who are the Math Tutors?
We are primarily students like yourself with a little more experience in math. Some of us started with Math 054 or 055 and slowly made our way to calculus, so we know what you are going through. If you prefer working with an "expert," we have Educational Technicians who have already acquired their degrees in math or sciences.
Math tutoring is available during all of our regular operating hours. Student math tutors wear orange vests so you can identify them, and our professional staff have offices in the Learning Center. Just raise your hand or ask us directly for assistance. We are all happy to help.
Why go to the LC for math help?
If you are having trouble understanding what is going on in your math class or cannot finish your homework, you can come for help. Helping students in distress is indeed one of our main functions, yet it would be wrong to think that having "trouble" is the only reason to come see us. Students come for everything from a little moral support to sharing insights to discussing the nature of mathematics.
What are the Tutors likely to do for you?
We will try to make the math you are doing more comprehensible. This might include working on problems with you, explaining a concept, or simply letting you know you are on the right track. A simple statement of our philosophy might be that we help you help yourself. Yes, we know how trite that sounds, but it does underscore the idea that we are a resource to aid in your understanding, not a substitute for understanding.
Will I pass my math class if I come to the Learning Center?
Coming to the Learning Center will almost certainly increase your understanding of math, which is directly related to passing the course. But that alone will not get you through--attending lectures, doing your homework, and passing exams are important too. The more you do to try and better understand the mathematics you are learning, the better you will do in your math courses.
Math Review Tips
- Buy the textbook. Too many people think that they can just borrow their book from other students, use the one in the Learning Center, or just do the class without it. There is no review tool which equals the textbook.
- Ask specific questions. While doing homework, identify specific areas in which you’re having difficulties. This can be crucial when trying to figure out what to study. It also can be extremely helpful when getting help from a tutor or professor.
- Utilize the Learning Center. The Learning Center can be a great way to review or get help on the problems that you’re having. With tutors and staff that are available to help you, you have many people that are willing to help you accomplish your goal.
- Attend all classes. If you’re not spending time in classes, you’re most likely not learning very much. Math textbooks are hard to just sit down and study from scratch, and class periods can give you a great feel for the material as well as answer questions you have.
- Read the appropriate section before class. With a bit of preparation, class time can make much more sense with a bit of background in the topic before the professor talks about it.
Part of our commitment to helping students succeed at UAS is providing students with resources they can access while away from school. Struggling with a problem but don't have the time or ability to visit campus? Visit tutor.com via the Statewide Library Electronic Doorwayon the web. A grant from the Alaska State Library provides Alaskan students with free access to live one-on-one online help with assignments, papers and exam preparation in math, science, social studies and writing every day from 1 pm until 12 am.
Other Useful Online Resources -
TLC Writing Tutorials
- Organizing Paragraphs and Essays (Part 1) - this is a college entry-level review of how to organize paragraphs and essays
- Organizing Paragraphs and Essays (Part 2) - this presentation picks up where the above presentation stops – how to brainstorm and actually organize your ideas
- The Intransigent Comma - this is a thorough review of the use of commas
- Using Commas and Semi-Colons - a thorough review of commas and semi-colons to prevent run-on sentences
- Read and Remember! - introduction to the SQ3R method of reading for retention
Other Writing Websites
- http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/resources.html - every aspect of essay writing is covered at this site
- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ - Perdue University’s very comprehensive writing website
- http://www.dartmouth.edu/~writing/materials/student/toc.shtml - writing support from Dartmouth
- http://literacy.kent.edu/Midwest/Materials/ndakota/spelling/toc.html - this site is dedicated entirely to improving your spelling
- http://www.csdraveurs.qc.ca/theenglishprofessor/listeningactivities.htm - basic ESL vocabulary practice including jokes and stories
- http://www.eslcafe.com - comprehensive website with ESL lessons, games and other material
- Khan Academy - Thousands of lessons on topics ranging from arithmetic to calculus and beyond.
- Purple Math Review Online - Resources for many different levels of mathematics.
- Online Math Homework Help - Live homework help courtesy of the Alaska Statewide Library Electronic Doorway.
- LA Valley College - Sample placement tests for math and English.
Librivox - A website dedicated to creating and compiling audiobooks in the public domain. Here you will find hundreds of hours of recordings in the spanish language that you can download and listen to at your leisure. Be sure to check out "Las Fábulas de Esopo" – Aesop's Fables.
Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
Word Reference - A very useful dictionary with definitions in English and Spanish, a verb conjugator, and great forums that address finer language points that no textbook could ever attempt. Diccionario de la Lengua Española - A terrific reference with definitions in Spanish.
Librivox - A website dedicated to compiling audiobooks in the public domain. Here you will find hundreds of hours of recordings in the french language that you can download and listen to at your leisure. Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of French grammar and vocabulary with extensive audio examples.
Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of French grammar and vocabulary with extensive audio examples.
Word Reference - A very useful dictionary with definitions in English and French, a verb conjugator, and great forums that address finer language points that no textbook could ever attempt.
Librivox - A website dedicated to compiling audiobooks in the public domain. Here you will find hundreds of hours of recordings in the Russian language that you can download and listen to at your leisure.
Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of Russian grammar and vocabulary.
Word Reference - A very useful dictionary with definitions in English and Russian, a verb conjugator, and great forums that address finer language points that no textbook could ever attempt.