The cost of tuition includes more than admission to classes, but access to free tutoring services as well.
The Academic Resource Center, located in CTR170, is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fall. Tutoring is offered in numerous subjects either an appointment or drop-in basis.
Tutors help one-on-one or in-group settings and it’s always free to the students.
Kristen Beck, program support supervisor for the ARC, explains that the ARC recruits tutors based on student demand. This creates a program that changes and adapts with the needs of the students.
The on demand academic assistance is only a fraction of the resources available in the ARC. Flash cards, notebooks, paper, pens and textbooks line the shelves in the back of the room, available for student use.
This year, funding allowed the purchase of resources such as science models and kits. One of the new anatomy models (pictured) is a life size torso and head with the stomach cut away to reveal colorful pullout organs.
In addition to its resources, the ARC also offers an employment opportunity for students that excel in a particular subject.
As long as the student has a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above and a GPA of 3.5 or above in the subject they wish to tutor in, they can complete an application including a teacher recommendation and the student may be considered for a position.
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