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Students can find help in each other

March 8, 2011
By BEN SIMMONS Staff Writer

When it comes to getting a college education, students want to make sure they maximize their learning potential. Utilizing a tutor can be one of the best resources for helping master those difficult classes.

Della Colantone, director of the Learning Resource Center at Alderson-Broaddus College, said many opportunities are available for students to get extra help in the areas where they are having difficulty. She said the Learning Resource Center at A-B is a great place to find a tutor or work group.

"Students at A-B College can obtain tutoring help in several ways," Colantone said. "Many departments have their own tutors and tutoring hours are posted with the course materials. However, the Learning Resource Center is the primary place to get tutorings. Most of the tutors have had the courses that they are tutoring. All of them have had some form of tutor training. A student can contact the Learning Resource Director via e-mail, telephone or walk in and make an appointment with a tutor for whatever course he or she would like some help."

Colantone said several study groups meet in the Learning Resource Center on a daily basis. She said most departments also offer their own tutoring services to help students better understand the class material.

"Usually a trained tutor is a member of the group," Colantone said. "Although in this situation, the LRC worker is not operating as a tutor, but as a study session leader."

For students having writing problems, A-B offers a Writer's Workshop. Colantone said students can make an appointment at the Writer's Workshop and the student and an instructor go over the paper.

Colantone said other tutoring opportunities are also available at the Learning Resource Center.

She said students can e-mail or telephone or walk in to obtain information.

The Learning Resource Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-in tutoring is available; However, Colantone said most tutoring is by appointment. All tutoring, study groups and the Writer's Workshops are free.



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