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Tutor Registration

Tutor Registration Process

Registration for Chemistry and Biology will begin the first Wednesday of every semester at 8:00 a.m. Registration for all other courses will begin the first Thursday of every semester at 8:00 a.m.

  1. Students must come to Lawrence Center to register in person for tutoring. We do not offer tutor registration over the phone or online.
  2. Please bring your class schedule in order to schedule your weekly session. The LARC schedules students based on the course and section numbers.
  3. After you complete the tutor registration form at the front desk, the LARC staff will inform you of any available hours. You will then be able to pick which session would work with your schedule.
  4. If you are unable to take any of the available hours, the LARC staff will place you on the waitlist. Students drop out of sessions for various reasons, and the LARC will contact you when there is an opening.
  5. Students may register throughout the semester until the 12th week.

Items to Know Before Your First Session

  • Once you are registered for a session, the tutoring session will begin the following week (week starts on Sunday).
  • All sessions are 50 minutes long.
  • Please plan to arrive to your session a few minutes early.
  • Tutoring sessions are held weekly, and there is an attendance policy in place (see dropdowns below for the subject tutoring attendance policy and the ADP tutoring attendance policy). Due to the high demand, the LARC monitors the attendance closely in order to get as many students in for sessions as possible.
  • Tutoring sessions can have between 3-5 students per session.
  • Please come with your books, notes, and any other materials in order for you to work with your tutor. Completing homework prior to your session is a great idea! This way, you can have set questions for your tutor.
  • The LARC has multiple rooms in the library for tutoring sessions. Most mathematics (MAT) sessions are held in the Library and you can meet your tutor at room 508. All other tutoring sessions are held in 224 Lawrence Center.
  • To participate in tutoring all students will sign a contract stating they understand the attendance and LARC policies. A copy of that contract can be found here

Subject Tutoring Attendance Policy

LARC Tutoring Attendance Policy

At the beginning of the semester, you sign a student contract to attend your weekly tutoring sessions at the LARC. We’re glad to work with you consistently because we know weekly support improves your academic performance. We maintain a strict attendance policy in order to maximize the opportunities for tutoring. We regularly have students waiting for tutoring. If you are not utilizing and/or maximizing your tutoring opportunity, then we will provide that opportunity to someone who will use it.

Weekly attendance to your sessions is required. If you miss two consecutive tutoring sessions, you will be dropped from tutoring. If you accrue three total unexcused absences, you will also be dropped from tutoring.

Prior to your absence, you should email your tutor. In case of emergency, contact your tutor as soon as possible via email. If you don’t communicate your prior commitment and absence to your tutor, it will be considered an unexcused absence, even if you can provide documentation. Only documented emergencies excuse an absence with no prior notice.

The following absences may be considered excused with appropriate documentation:
  • Illness or injury: provide a doctor’s note, ER certificate, or Student Health Center letter
  • School-sanctioned activity: provide verification note from coach, professor, or advisor
  • Court-mandated appointment: provide a copy of court documents bearing your name
  • Funeral: documentation may be required; schedule an in-person meeting with Assistant Director of the LARC
  • Wedding: provide program or invitation bearing your name

Note: Work obligations will not be considered excused absences. Please arrange your work obligations accordingly. If you are concerned about your schedule, please visit the LARC front desk to consider a permanent alternative. According to the Student Contract you sign at the beginning of your tutoring, not being present, not being prepared, or not participating in the session can also result in an absence.

Frequently Asked Questions – Subject tutoring

Can I schedule a/an ___________________ appointment during my tutorial time?

Routine medical, advisory, financial aid, or other appointments should be made outside of your scheduled tutoring sessions. In cases of immediate need, a documented medical appointment may be excused by contacting Assistant Director of the LARC. Visits with advisors or to other campus offices will not be excused.

I don’t need help this week, do I need to attend?

Yes, you need to attend your tutoring session. You are required to attend tutoring even after completion of major assignments and tests or exams. There’s always a benefit to attending tutoring! Ask, “How can I challenge myself?” Set long-term goals, reinforce concepts, or review your syllabus with your tutor. If you believe you no longer need tutoring this semester, notify the LARC front desk.

I had a prior commitment and didn’t notify my tutor; is that excused?

If you don’t communicate your prior commitment and absence to your tutor and Assistant Director of the LARC, it will be considered an unexcused absence, even if you can provide documentation. Only documented emergencies excuse an absence with no prior notice.

I’d like to petition for my absence status to be changed to 'excused.'

Please contact Assistant Director of the LARC, with your request for a re-engagement meeting. Please share your tutor’s name, tutoring day and time, and the attendance date(s) in question via email with the subject line: “Request for Absence Status Change.”

  Academic Success Program Tutoring Attendance Policy

ASP-Affiliated Student Attendance Policy

In the Academic Success Program, you sign a student contract to attend your weekly tutoring sessions at the LARC. Weekly tutoring is a requirement alongside your coursework and comprises ten percent (10%) of your course grade. We’re glad to work with you consistently because we know weekly support improves your academic performance. If you are not utilizing and/or maximizing your tutoring opportunity, you will consequently be dropped from the tutoring program and your course grade will be negatively affected.

Weekly attendance to your sessions is required; your tutoring time is permanent for the semester.

After the first absence, you are required to meet with the Assistant Director of the LARC. You will also be required to schedule a makeup session with your tutor. You may be permanently dropped from tutoring with the LARC in the ADP program after two (2) unexcused absences, whether or not they are consecutive.

Prior to your absence, you should email your tutor and Assistant Director of the LARC. In case of emergency, contact your tutor and Assistant Director of the LARC as soon as possible via email. If you don’t communicate your prior commitment and absence to your tutor and the Assistant Director, it will be considered an unexcused absence, even if you can provide documentation. Only documented emergencies excuse an absence with no prior notice.

The following absences may be considered excused with appropriate documentation:

  • Illness or injury: provide a doctor’s note, ER certificate, or Student Health Center letter
  • School-sanctioned activity: provide verification note from coach, professor, or advisor
  • Court-mandated appointment: provide a copy of court documents bearing your name
  • Funeral: documentation may be required; schedule an in-person meeting with Assistant Director of the LARC
  • Wedding: provide program or invitation bearing your name

Note: Work obligations will not be considered excused absences. Please arrange your work obligations accordingly. According to the Student Contract you sign at the beginning of your tutoring, not being present, not being prepared, or not participating in the session can also result in an absence.

Frequently Asked Questions – ASP tutoring

Can I schedule a/an ___________________ appointment during my tutorial time?

Routine medical, advisory, financial aid, or other appointments should be made outside of your scheduled tutoring sessions. In cases of immediate need, a documented medical appointment may be excused by contacting Assistant Director of the LARC. Visits with advisors or to other campus offices will not be excused.

I don’t need help this week, do I need to attend?

Yes, you need to attend your tutoring session. In the Academic Success Program (ADP), your attendance to every session is mandatory and a component of your grade. You are required to attend tutoring even after completion of major assignments and tests or exams. There’s always a benefit to attending tutoring! Ask, “How can I challenge myself?” Set long-term goals, reinforce concepts, or review your syllabus with your tutor. As an ADP student, your tutoring is required throughout the semester.

I had a prior commitment and didn’t notify my tutor; is that excused?

If you don’t communicate your prior commitment and absence to your tutor and Assistant Director of the LARC, it will be considered an unexcused absence, even if you can provide documentation. Only documented emergencies excuse an absence with no prior notice.

I’d like to petition for my attendance status to be changed.

Please contact Assistant Director of the LARC, with your request for a re-engagement meeting. Please share your tutor’s name, tutoring day and time, and the attendance date(s) in question via email with the subject line: “Request for Tutoring Re-Engagement.”

Academic Success Program Tutoring (formerly ADP)

The Academic Success Program (formerly Academic Development Program), is a special admissions program for students who do not meet current admissions criteria but who still show the potential to succeed in college. Aside from the individualized mentoring and advising, students in ADP are required to attend mandatory tutoring for the classes provided to them through the program. Those classes include:

  • Public Speaking, SPK208
  • Writing, WRT120
  • Math, MATQ20/Q30

In tutoring sessions, students are required to come with materials and questions regarding content. Tutors will have students work in pairs or independently on material during their sessions, and tutors will also help students with their study skills. Our ADP tutors act as model students and tutors to help implement time management skills and to help students gain academic confidence throughout their first two semesters.

Here are a few anonymous testimonials from ADP students on the Tutor Evaluation given at the end of each semester:

  • "Rachel is very respectful and knowledgeable. She has helped me so much in public speaking and I would have been lost with many speeches without her. She makes sessions fun and enjoyable also." – Anonymous
  • "My tutor was a great tutor. She always helped me during my session or even when we didn't have sessions. I have learned so much from her. She’s a great person to get along with and a great tutor." – Anonymous
  • "He always has things for us to work on; we are never wasting time in tutoring." – Anonymous

Academic Success Workshops

The Academic Success Workshop (ASW) is a program designed to teach students general study and college transition skills which are applicable to all courses and programs of study. The one-hour workshops are facilitated by experienced graduate students. The workshop topics are outlined below. If you are interested in a workshop topic, please email

Success Coaching

 

In your email please provide the following information:

First and Last Name               Workshop Topic

A Success Coach will get in touch with you to arrange a personal session tailored to meet your needs.

Professors, staff members, student organizations, and a group of two or more students may request sessions of the ASW to be presented at group meetings by

contacting Success Coaching.

 Session locations may vary.

Academic Success Workshop Topics:

Don't Put This Workshop Off Until Tomorrow: Time Management Strategies

Learn how to capitalize on motivation and reduce procrastination.

No Fear Test Taking: Reducing Test Anxiety

Examine strategies to help you better prepare for exams and discuss methods to help alleviate test anxiety.

Note Taking: College Edition

Learn to identify your learning style, discuss effective planning for class, and explore various note taking methods.

Self-Care Workshop

Discuss the importance of sleep, positivity, nutrition, and the importance of treating yourself.

Active Textbook Reading

Cover different strategies to get the most out of your reading.

Maximizing Tutoring and Professor Office Hours

Gives students strategies to help better articulate their academic needs and comfortably approach professors and tutors.

Goal Setting

Gives students the tools needed to set SMART goals. Students have the opportunity to examine their strengths and weaknesses and use them to plan, execute, and evaluate goals.

Finals Prep

Learn strategies to help deal with one of the most stressful times of the year.

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  3. GoodReader and Evernote (scholarly article reading) - Allow readers to highlight and take notes on any PDF saved to the system.

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Success Coaching

Success Coaching provides individualized support to guide students toward academic and personal success at WCU. Unlike tutoring, which fosters content knowledge, success coaching provides practical skills and strategies for students to achieve their academic goals.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Tutoring

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) model of student academic assistance helps students in historically difficult classes master course content while they develop and integrate learning and study strategies. The LARC currently employs 41 SI Leaders who sit in the high-risk Biology and Chemistry courses. The success of the SI program suggests SI has a positive impact on student retention. By continuing and expanding the current SI program, we hope to maintain improvement of the academic achievement of students at risk of poor performance (D, F, or W) in the high-risk courses.

The SI model, developed at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) in 1973, is a method to help students succeed in college. The SI Leader facilitates discussion for students to discover gaps in their knowledge and better strategies for learning. The SI Leaders are thus crucial to the success of the program, as they demonstrate proficiency in the subject and model effective reading, writing, and thinking skills necessary for content mastery. SI is a program offered at the LARC for students to voluntarily seek assistance in 100- and 200-level courses in the Biology and Chemistry and SI has three primary objectives: to increase retention, to improve student grades, and to increase graduation rates.

Courses currently offered under SI

  • Biology: 100, 110, 230, 259, & 269
  • Chemistry: 103, 104, 107, 230, 231, & 232

Learn more about the SI Model

What is an SI Leader?

Our highly qualified and trained student leaders have previously earned an A or A- in the course they are assigned to tutor, have above a 3.0 CGPA, and received two faculty recommendation letters. Also, SI Leaders attend class with the students to serve as a model student in all capacities. SI is a completely free service to students, and it is expected students attend their assigned weekly session in addition to attending class.

Duties of a SI Leader:

  • Attend Supplemental Instruction Leader Orientation prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Attend all class meetings of selected course.
  • Act as model student, by taking good notes, reading all assigned materials, and being on time to class and study sessions.
  • Schedule and conduct one 50-minute study sessions per week.
  • Prepare materials for each session when necessary.
  • Make in-class announcements concerning SI sessions.
  • Maintain contact with course professor while maintaining confidentiality of the students.
  • Schedule exam review sessions as necessary.
  • Collect attendance data for SI sessions.
  • Attend bi-weekly SI meetings with the SI Leaders and SI Peer Tutor Coordinator.

LARC Drop-In Tutoring

The LARC now offers drop-in tutoring for biology, chemistry, math, and business courses. To book an appointment, follow the link below and select the "Drop-in Tutoring" schedule. You will be able to select a meeting time that works for you!

Drop-In Sign Up

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