Having trouble keeping up in class? Have questions about the assignment? Just want to get ahead in the game? These are all things staff in the Grizzly Tutoring Lab at Missouri State University-West Plains can assist you with.
“Good students use the tutoring lab. There is a perception that the tutoring lab is for people who are bad at writing or bad at math. But that’s not the case; it’s for everyone who wants to be a better student,” Writing Specialist Alex Graham said. “We can have someone help talk students through the processes to make themselves better writers. It’s not just for some students who are struggling, but for everyone, because everyone can benefit.”
For anyone worried about cost, Grizzly tutoring is free for all students! You can walk into the lab and ask whatever questions you may have from a peer student tutor, just like yourself. If you have more in-depth questions requiring more time or one-on-one interaction with a tutor, you can always set up an appointment in advance for guaranteed, undivided time.
“We help students be their most successful in all their different classes.”
Grizzly tutoring provides assistance across the curriculum. The writing lab can help with writing for English, Chemistry, Political Science or any other class that has a writing component, while the math lab can provide assistance with math, science and the computer sciences.
“It is a very safe, welcoming place where students can come in and get a system down and gain expertise in math and science,” Math Specialist Thora Broyles said. “Our goal is to make students more independent so they don’t need as much help later on.”
“I love coming here! I’m so glad it’s here, and effective,” Melody Shipman, a pre-pharmacy student said. “Everyone here is so patient, and without the tutoring lab I wouldn’t be passing calculus.”
“I want students to know we are available to help them at all parts of the writing process. If they are at the beginning and need help understanding the assignment, we can help students with that. If they need brainstorming and ideas, we can help with that too,” Graham said. “The tutors are friendly and want to help, regardless of writing level or ability.”
How can tutoring help you?
If you can’t make it to campus, try the Online Tutor Talk, which is available to all students. Tutor Talk is a chat function where students can upload their paper or problem and talk to tutors in real time. The best part of this is that it creates a written transcript that students can access at the end of the chat to see all the comments that were made.
This fall, the schedule for the writing lab in the Garnett Library Room 117 is:
Monday-Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The writing lab also provides access to the online writing lab, which is connected 24/7. It is an asynchronous email platform where students can get their paper or problem back from the tutors within 24 hours. Graham stressed this is for more “Big Picture” issues, like content and ideas. It is not ideal for sentence level errors, like run-on sentences and comma splices, which are best handled face to face.
The math lab, located in Melton Hall Room 114, will be open:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If students don’t understand what they have learned in class, the math lab is ideal for help. Math tutors try to find additional ways to explain concepts and ideas through the use of visuals, hand-on techniques and pictures. Tutors can also provide an extra set of similar exercises so students can firmly cement formulas into their minds. For science classes, the lab also has study groups students can join that teach study skills and class basics.
When asked what she liked best about the Grizzly Tutoring Lab, student Heather Rouse offered a list: “How they make you feel comfortable when you come in and need help… how well they work with you on the problems you need help with… and how, if you don’t understand it, they try to break it down and explain it in a different way.”
Computers are available in the tutoring lab so students can do research and homework online, find links to YouTube channels with helpful videos, as well as gain access to the online math lab where students can watch lecture videos faculty have made.
“When you start your class, do not wait until you’re lost,” Broyles advises. “The moment you have a lack of understanding or a misunderstanding, make sure you correct it as soon as possible. It makes all the difference in success or failure.”