Learning Support Services
At Learning Support Services, our goal is to help students become independent learners and achieve their own personal and academic goals. We offer free tutoring to North Central students in any course offered at the college. The lab staffs two part-time professional tutors in math and English. In addition, peer tutors are available who have been recommended by instructors and/or have successfully completed the course that they tutor.
Need a Tutor?
How do I know if I need a tutor?
If you have had trouble with a subject in the past or are having trouble keeping up with the pace of the assignments in the course you're taking, it's probably a good idea to work with a tutor for part or all of the semester. Remember, the earlier you recognize that you need help, the better your tutor will be able to help you with the material. Tutoring sessions usually last for about an hour, one day a week for the duration of the semester. Tutors are students who have successfully passed the class they are tutoring or they have been recommended by a specific instructor. Tutoring is an important resource for students to get the help they need to reach their goals.
How do I find a tutor?
The first step is to see or call Liz Otto, the tutorial coordinator 231-348-6693 located in the SCRC building in room 533. She will need to know when you will be available to be tutored. The freer your schedule, the easier it will be to find a tutor whose schedule will work with yours. She will also need to know what class you need help with, a phone number to contact you at and your North Central student I.D. number. Liz will find a tutor whose schedule matches with yours and contact you with a meeting time.
Will I get a better grade if I see a tutor?
Most likely, yes. But that's only if you come prepared for each meeting with your tutor with your homework already done and questions prepared. Also, if you work with a tutor consistently over the semester rather than now and again, your understanding of the material will grow. You will take from tutoring what you put into it.
What does the tutor do to help me?
Tutors do not do your homework; they teach you how to do your homework. Be prepared to actively learn. Bring your books, notes, and a copy of your class syllabus to every tutoring session. Have specific questions ready to ask your tutor. Your tutor can help you learn study skills and how to set achievable goals. Consistent class attendance is required of students who receive tutoring. Tutors do not replace the instructor; if you miss a class, the tutor cannot "fill you in" on what was missed.
In addition to our tutors, we also have video lectures and computer tutorials available.
For more details, contact Liz Otto, our tutorial coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-348-6693. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for tutors. However, there may be circumstances such as schedule incompatibility or lack of available tutors that may delay tutoring services or make them unavailable.
Become a Tutor
To become a tutor, all you need is an interest in helping other students, good grades in the subject you would like to tutor, and the time available.
Benefits of Tutoring:
- $7.40 an hour.
- Fits into your schedule--you set the hours.
- Looks great on resumes and college applications, especially for students considering the education field!
- Helps you retain what you've learned by helping another student.
- Receive a B+ or better in the course(s) you wish to tutor.
- Make a commitment to working with students for the semester.
- Complete a paid online tutorial before beginning to work with students.
- Keep documentation of tutoring sessions.
- Complete forms for payroll.
- A good way to get help
- A confidence-builder
Tutoring IS NOT:
- A substitute for going to class
- A substitute for talking with a professor
- An easy way to get answers
- Embarassing or something to be ashamed of
- A waste of time (yours or the tutor's)
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please contact Liz Otto, our tutorial coordinator at 231-348-6693 for more details.