By Chanel Watson
The Learning Resource Center has expanded peer-tutoring services this year to help students with a full range of subjects.
Peer tutors are now available throughout the day, instead of just in the morning, said LRC Director Patricia Fullmer. The service is offered 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
“The students like the personal contact of having someone come and help you with your paper,” Fullmer said. “They show care and concern about you learning your math and reading.”
Professional tutors in reading and math are still available in the evenings, she said. Also, the LRC offers Smart Thinking, a service available 24 hours a day that features instructors who chat online with students about their specific problems.
The LRC’s services are free for Lincoln University students.
Freshman and sophomores make up the majority of people who come for math tutoring, while seniors usually ask for reviews of their writing assignments.
The LRC has added several programs recently. The Academic Excellence and Success Program (AESP) and the Early Monitoring Alert Program (EMAP) both help with academic planning, advising and tutoring.
“There are 20 tutors working aside FYE [First Year Experience] students and working directly with freshman,” Fullmer said.
Also, the LRC has been working with the Nursing Program to help them with medical math and medical terminology.
“When you’re a nurse, you have all of these words and terms you need to know at the drop of a dime,” said Evelyn Poe, assistant director of the LRC. “So what we are doing is helping them with strategies on how to best approach these studies and scientific terms, so they will be able to use them in examinations they need to take, as well as their field of choice.”
The LRC still offers other popular programs, such as Act 101, an academic coaching program that incorporates workshops, mentoring and a book-loan program to help struggling students, and Student Empowerment Zone (SEZ), which gives students test-taking tips in reading and math.