Using Learning Centers
Every campus has learning centers for subjects that are more difficult for students. These learning centers will be staffed with tutors who can help you on your assignments. If you are a typical student, you will resist getting the help you need at the time you need it. Many students will turn to learning centers for help right before a test when the help provided is very limited. Students will also turn to the learning center for help after their grades are nearly hopeless.
Here are some tips to help you take full advantage of the learning center:
- Put time for learning center on your daily schedule. Try to spend one hour a day in a learning center.
- Use the learning center as a quiet place to study in between classes. When you do this, you’ll get to know the learning center staff.
- If you are struggling with a concept, ask for help from a tutor so you don’t spend a lot of time trying to teach yourself and possibly doing something the wrong way.
- Take advantage of any test review sessions. These can be incredibly helpful. You might even find them giving you specific tips for the test.
- Track your time in the learning center. You’ll find this to be self-fulfilling. If you did community service, you know how fulfilling it was to keep track of your hours. The same phenomena applies to tracking your learning center hours.
- Find a friend to go with to the learning center. Friends can be useful in keeping you honest in your attendance when you have reasons you don’t want to go the learning center.
- Use the learning center as a way of forming a study group (see the topic: Forming a Group Members). Generally you’ll see the same students in the learning center at the same time. These students are obviously serious students and can make very good study group partners.
Students who don’t do well in college are also the students who don’t take advantage of the learning resources available to them. .