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August 25, 2008

It’s easy to say which college students can use an academic tutor.

"Everybody can use a tutor," says Prof. Joanne MacEachran, Ed.D., director of the Learning Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Student Activities Building on the main campus. "None of us can do everything."

For Better Grades, Visit Here But at the Learning Resource Center, Saint Leo’s main campus and online students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, can find qualified, trained tutors to help them for free, six days a week.

Typically, tutoring clients are students with a "C" average trying to earn a "B," or "B" students reaching for an "A." Or some specific challenge crops up in a class and the student – wisely – turns for help. For instance, MacEachran reports that students will come in saying:

"I need help with Chapter 4 in my math class" or
"I need help with my paper," or
"I don’t understand what my economics professor is saying in class."

In other situations, a student may have started missing classes, or received a failing grade on assignments.

The Learning Resource Center tutors can address basic time-management skills with students, fundamental reading and review techniques, and specific subject-matter questions, as the situation warrants, MacEachran says.

Students will find that they can and should draw from a variety of different study skills to tackle the full spectrum of liberal arts courses, she says. Tutoring is offered for subjects including: English, math, the sciences, economics, business accounting, psychology, history, political science, sociology, philosophy, criminal justice and computer skills (the center has a dedicated computer lab).

Students can come in and ask to speak with a tutor, or make an appointment up to two weeks in advance. That can help students who want a review before a scheduled test.

Some students also use the Center for group study sessions with other students, which the staff encourages. Tables are available for group use, as are the comfy, living-room style chair and sofas just in the entrance. Coffee, hot cocoa and snacks are usually available. Students might literally just stop by, run into a classmate, and talk over recent assignments.
   
Learning Resource Center

"It’s not the "stereotypical" library. No one goes around shushing people," MacEachran says. "We believe learning is a community activity. We learn together."

Hours during academic semesters

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Phone: (352) 588-8307
E-mail: lrc@saintleo.edu