Help from our friends

I get by with a little help from my friends. Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon had it right when they wrote those words. It’s a song about overcoming obstacles. At Richland, too, there are people waiting and willing to be a friend for students struggling to get by in their classes.

The Learning Center located in Medina Hall, Room 216, is a valuable tutoring and academic support resource available to all Richland students. A staff of tutors is on hand to assist students in on-on-one sessions in math, science, English and more.

Many college students struggle through their courses on their own. The Learning Center offers not only all-subject tutoring, but workshops and a variety of leadership clubs for students who want to enhance their learning experience. All of these resources are available free to Richland students.

“The Learning Center has been here almost since the beginning of the college,” said John Daniels, college coordinator of instructional support. “It’s unique among all of our college campuses.”

The Learning Center offers individual sessions online or in person. For subjects like accounting, college and developmental math and government, students can drop by the center whenever they need help. For reading and writing assistance, however, students must make an appointment. For group tutoring sessions, students can attend one of the Learning Center’s workshops on a variety of subjects.

Access 1-to-1 is a tutoring program geared toward students with learning differences and allows students to get help aimed at their personal needs.

The Learning Center offers not only subject tutoring but an opportunity to be more involved in school and the community. Students can become part of various programs, such as Academic and Civic Engagement (ACE) and Students with Vision and Success Net. These programs work to develop leadership qualities within students by getting them out into the community and participating in academic events.

The Learning Center’s staff is available to help students from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and limited hours on the weekend. For the full schedule, visit