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It is our philosophy that students learn best when they study together; some of the best exchanges of ideas and insight occur in peer-driven settings. That's why we employ over 20 talented students in math and writing to offer their insight, support, and tips on studying.

Subject Tutors

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:
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 advises students from all disciplines on writing projects. The center is located in room 105 of the Egan Library, just down the hall from the main Learning Center room. 

Who we are

We are a team of strong writers who have been trained to help you become a better writer. We aim to be attentive, supportive, and helpful and are genuinely interested in what you have to say.

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. We hope you will visit us often, with anything from your biology paper to the poem you wrote last night. 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.

What we don't do

We do not "edit" papers, but locate grammar errors and teach you how to strengthen and self-correct your sentences. We work hard to explain grammatical concepts in plain words that you can understand. We don't tell you what to think or write, but help you understand how best to respond to your writing assignments. We also provide feedback on content and organization.

Seeing a writing tutor is easy

The Juneau Writing Center is a walk-in center. We are open 9 am to 7 pm Monday - Thursday and 3 pm to 7 pm Sunday. Extended hours and locations during mid-term and finals weeks will be posted in the center.

What to bring

  • Bring your writing assignment to help us to better understand the project's requirements.
  • Bring questions you have for us, or be ready to let us know what kind of feedback you are hoping to receive.
  • 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.

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 session, come in well ahead of your deadline.

Online tutoring for distance students

We offer online writing tutoring for students who are enrolled in Juneau-based distance courses or those who cannot come to the center in person because of illness, lack of child care, or other circumstances.

  • Email a copy of your essay to writingcenter@uas.alaska.edu with as much information about the assignment as possible, including instructions, problem areas, and concerns.
  • The writing tutor will conference with you as if you are at the center.
  • We do not edit essays and send them back to students. You must be present either physically or by phone to receive assistance from a writing tutor.

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.

Online Tutoring

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 -

for English, Math, and Foreign Languages


English

TLC Writing Tutorials

Other Writing Websites


Math


Foreign Languages

SPANISH
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Audio

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.

Grammer

Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

Dictionaries

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.

FRENCH
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Audio

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.

Grammar

Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of French grammar and vocabulary with extensive audio examples.

Dictionaries

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.

RUSSIAN
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Audio

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.

Grammar

Indo-European Languages - A terse but comprehensive review of Russian grammar and vocabulary.

Dictionary

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.

 
 

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