January 26, 2020

Leaning on the Learning Center

NCC’s Learning Center offers tutoring services on its main campus as well as Monroe and online.

The center comprises about 100 tutors—a combination of students, up to Ph.D. holders, and has seen “impeccable progress in the growth of student learning,” according to Stacy Phillips, subject tutorial and academic coaching coordinator.

“Tutoring is not just for people who’re failing,” Phillips said. “We’re trying to help students lose the stigma of what it means to come to tutoring.”

Phillips explained that there are students who receive A’s, who also visit the Learning Center because they just need more clarity on one or two concepts from class.

Phillips estimated that 100-200 students visit The Learning Center each day, including the Science Research Center, which is another branch of the learning center.

Various subjects are covered, but the most popular are writing, math, accounting, Spanish and French. The Science Resource Center covers subjects including biology and chemistry.

In addition, the Academic Coaching Program teaches students to do better in all their classes. The program has been running for two years and focuses on helping students improve their study skills, like note-taking abilities, time management and even goal setting.

“Although the center gets great reviews and few complaints,” said Phillips, “some students shy away from tutoring or asking for help when needed.”

Phillips said that this pushes staff to begin marketing through “information tables and going out and doing class visits so students understand what tutoring services we offer here.”

They also get in touch with students struggling, through Starfish and invite them to stop by The Learning Center, but again, not many of them accept the offer.

“There are so many students who we reach out to that just don’t answer that call. They don’t come,” Phillips said. “I just wished that more students would come to us so that we can help them be successful here.”

Finals week is fast approaching, the Learning Center encourages students to take advantage of the resources on campus, and by accepting tutoring, they can get additional support and build confidence in their learning.

For appointments and walk-in services, The Learning Center is open from Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Fridays; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and is located on the third floor of the main campus, College Center, Room 315.

To know more about the learning center or schedule an appointment, visit https://www.northampton.edu/student-services/learning-center/, or contact the center at tutoring@nullnorthampton.edu.

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