Tips for new students: where to find help

Being a new student on a new campus can be tricky. New classes, new faces and learning how to get around can be quite a handful. To make it easier, here are some tips on where to find fun events, free food and help for that one class you may already be struggling in. 

Every student is required to get a Richland ID card. It’s required to access student services and attend campus events. Stop by El Paso Hall, Room E040 to renew or acquire a new one. Richland ID cards identify you as a student on campus and might also be your ticket to some delicious treats from the Office of Student Life (OSL). 

“Everything is free to our students with their Richland IDs,” said Kristi Nealy, Student Life coordinator. The OSL hosted its annual “Welcome Week,” which included Ask Me tables, where students could get directions, free calendars, candy, popcorn, and more. The OSL will be hosting events throughout the semester.

The English language can be difficult to master, whether it is your first language or a new language. If you’re struggling with that pesky paper, the English Corner is there to help you. Tutoring is available from English professors who can help with reading, writing, topic development, note taking and more. No appointment is necessary. Just stop by Room B-228, in Bonham Hall, Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Learning Center offers help in reading, writing, math and science. It’s located in Medina Hall, M216. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring five days a week and on Sundays. Appointments are recommended. 

The Center for Success in Mathematics offers tutoring Monday through Friday and on Saturdays by appointment. The Reading Corner helps students improve their reading and comprehension. Math workshops, help in science, service learning hands-on opportunities and one-on-one tutoring for students with learning differences are also available.  Visit the website for additional information at