The Learning Center offers tutors and help

This is part 2 of a 3 part series.                                                    

The Chronicle continues its series examining campus resources and the ways Richland meets community needs with a look at The Learning Center.

Located in Medina Hall, Room M-216, The Learning Center provides free tutoring for all major subjects.

It is staffed with students and qualified individuals who demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their respective subjects to help students reach their academic goals. The learning center provides tutoring services for credit, continuing education and Richland Collegiate High School students.

Lab coordinator Calvin Araracap said The Learning Center also offers service learning opportunities for students interested in volunteering and community service, on or off campus.

“They are given a timesheet to keep track of their hours to be turned in at the end of the year and properly put into the system,” Araracap said.

The Learning Center offers a quiet, distraction-free area for students to complete their work and study. Walk-in students can sign in with their ID. It is unnecessary to make an appointment for subjects other than reading and writing.

The Learning Center offers tutoring in math, science, accounting, reading and writing.  Students can freely ask questions. An instructional support member or tutor will help them break the work down until they feel comfortable doing it on their own.

The Writing Center and Reading Corner offer one-on-one tutoring. Students sign up for a 30-minute tutoring session with the Writing Center three times a week and one-hour sessions twice a week with the Reading Corner.

Students get an in-depth understanding of the writing process and answers to questions about grammar, style and mechanics.

The Learning Center also offers workshops throughout the semester on topics such as time management, stress management and money budgeting. Araracap said teachers often offer extra credit for attendance.

The workshops are small, personal and hands-on with a limit of 15 students. Reservations can be made in person or online. The sessions usually run 15 minutes to an hour in length. The workshops are advertised through the coordinator, who works with instructors to find students who will receive the most benefit.

The Learning Center also offers special services to students with learning challenges. These students can reserve sessions with a tutor at a specified time.

For more information call 972-238-6226 or email

Look for Part 3 of this series in the Sept. 11 issue of the Chronicle..