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Using the Learning Center

Last updated September 10, 2021

One of the most important spots you’ll visit on campus is the Learning and Testing Center. Making the adjustment from high school to college can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping up with the course work. The Learning and Testing Center can help you with staying on top of studying, maintaining your GPA, getting one-on-one tutoring and more.

But there are a few rules you should know about before you drop by the Learning and Testing Center. For starters, you have to check in and out with your student ID. You are allowed one 30-minute session per day, per subject, for one assignment. You also need to be on time because your session can be canceled if you’re more than 10 minutes late. There is drop-in tutoring but it is on a first come, first serve basis.

Take advantage of Drop-In tutoring to prepare for your finals

Drop-in tutoring

No need to sign up, just check-in, and find a seat. Tutors will generally work with a small group of students to help build skills and solve problems.

  • Drop-in tutoring consists of open sessions that operate on a first come/first served basis.
  • Students do not need to schedule an appointment and can drop-in as many times per week as needed.
  • During busy drop-in times tutors will work with small groups of students (up to 5 students) to maximize the number of students the tutor can help.
  • Drop-in tutoring is not an individual tutoring session. However, during less busy drop-in times tutors may work with students one-on-one.
  • Drop-in tutoring works best when used with appointment tutoring.

Know what to expect of the Learning and Testing Center

Once you understand the basic guidelines for how to use the Learning Center, it’s time to get the help you need! Here are a few suggestions for how you can get the most out of your tutoring sessions. 

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Attend class

Tutoring is a great way to supplement your learning experience, but it is not a substitute for class. It is vital that you attend class, read the text, and bring your notes and questions to the tutoring session.

Be prepared

Before your tutoring session take the time to review your assignment, identify the areas where you are struggling, and draft questions you have. 


Tutors are students who are successful in college and have a wealth of knowledge to share about the courses you are taking. Keep in mind they are not professors or content-experts. Tutors will share study strategies and will help you understand problems and concepts, but they will not do your work for you. Show up on time and prepared for your tutoring session.

Plan ahead

Tutors are often in high demand particularly during peak times (midterms & finals). Schedule your appointment at least one week before the assignment is due.

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