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The Writing Center and Math Lab encourage students to seek academic help

By Eunice Tibay
On September 22, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Desiree Thorpe, graduate assistant, helps Ramiro Flores, freshman, with a paper.

Students who are struggling with a writing assignment or need help solving a math problem can find solutions at the Writing Center and Math Lab.

The Writing Center was formed to aid students in becoming better writers and readers through peer tutoring services. Tutors are available in person and online and are ready to help with anything from essays to short stories, poems, resumes and graduate applications.

"We work to make students better writers," said Steven McKeown, senior and student worker at the Writing Center. "We assist students with all kinds of writing assignments through any step of the writing process. We try to improve their writing."

"We try and help them with that assignment in a way that teaches them to fix those mistakes themselves the next time," Luke Meyer, senior and Writing Center tutor, said.

The tutors in the Math Lab are available to students in freshman and sophomore level mathematics classes.

"Students can get one-on-one assistance from high-achieving junior and senior students who have typically completed the calculus sequence," said Karl Havlak, Mathematics Department Chair. "Usually the Math tutors help students work through their homework assignments."

Zach Nadeau, a junior and one of the student workers, said math can be a challenging subject so the tutors help the students try to understand the process of solving mathematical problems

"Math can be hard," Nadeau said. "We just want to help people understand homework, and understand how they got the answers they did."

"We want students to be successful and many of them have to take a math class in order to graduate and we want to try to help them get through that," Math Lab Coordinator Maribeth Scott said.

But the average student isn’t the only one who benefits from the services of the Math Lab and the Writing Center; their student workers also learn from their experiences, as told by Meyer and CJ Brewer.

"For me, personally, and I know that for a lot of the other tutors in the Writing Center, we’re going to go on to teach writing," Meyer said, "So it’s great practice for us to help others learn the writing."

"It’s really nice working in Math Lab because they’re really flexible with our hours," Brewer, who is a junior and Math Lab tutor, said. "Also, there’s people in the math program who are training to be teachers and so this is really good practice to them."

The Writing Center is located at the third floor of the Porter Henderson Library at Room C305, and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays, and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Math Lab can be found near the Writing Center at Room C302, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to noon on Fridays, and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Both resources are open for walk-in appointments.

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