As students progress in their college education, the work gets harder. Learning a new subject can be as foreign as learning a new language. For those who are struggling, the Learning Center at Richland can help.
The Learning Center offers free tutoring in major subjects. Calvin Araracap is the instructional college coordinator for the Learning Center.
He helps with the development of materials with teachers for students.
“The main service we offer for students is free tutoring,” Araracap said. “We tutor all the major subjects like math, science, reading and writing.”
The writing sessions are 30 minutes long. Tutors help with essays, grammar and written papers, including resumes.
Tutors are also available to work with English as a Second Language (ESL) students and help them understand their textbooks and practice conversations to improve their English.
“For the most part students are not required to make an appointment. It’s basically on a walk-in basis,” Araracap said. “The only two subjects that we require students to make an appointment before coming in is for our reading and writing.”
The Learning Center hires Richland students as tutors. Araracap said there are certain requirements students need in order to be hired for these positions.
Each subject has different requirements. Math tutors and coordinators require students who are able to do calculus and above.
For the Science Corner, the coordinator is required to pull two subjects together, like biology and chemistry or chemistry and physics.
Every subject has a different coordinator. Potential tutors should look for the different requirements.
Faculty members also work in the Learning Center. They want to hire tutors who are knowledgeable about certain subjects to be able to tutor students.
Students interested in applying should submit an application through the college work study program.
The Learning Center is located in Medina Hall, Room M216. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
On Saturdays, the Learning Center is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sundays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Schedules will change during the winter, May and summer terms.
The Learning Center is open everyday during the fall and spring semesters. Tutoring sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday specifically.