Get Schooled

Using the Learning Center

Last updated February 9, 2022

One of the most important spots you’ll visit on campus is the Learning and Testing Center. Adjusting from high school to college can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping up with classwork. The Learning and Testing Center can help you stay on top of studying, maintaining your GPA, getting one-on-one tutoring, and more. Here's what you should know about using the learning center and how to use it to stay on top of your grades!

A few rules you should know about before you drop by the Learning and Testing Center

  • You might 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 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. A few other things to know about drop-in tutoring: 

  • 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. 

how to use the toro learning and testing center csudh

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 required text, and bring your notes and/or questions to the tutoring session.

Be prepared

Before your tutoring session take the time to review your assignment or assignments, identify the areas where you are struggling, and write down any questions you have. 


Tutors are students who are successful in college academics 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. 

Plan ahead

Showing up on time and prepared for your tutoring session is key. Tutors are often in high demand - especially during peak times like midterms & finals - so be sure to schedule your appointment at least one week before the assignment is due. Another way to plan ahead of your tutoring session is to make sure you show up prepared to jump straight into what you need help with. 

Have any advice for incoming college students about using the Learning Center? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 to let us know!

Succeed in College

Office Hours, Learning Center

Dos & Don’ts of Going to Office Hours
How to Have a Successful Meeting With Your College Counselor

See the whole series

Let Get Schooled help you achieve your goals

Sign UpLog In


What Are College Placement Tests?

What are college placement exams? Here's what to expect on them and how to study for them.

Managing Your Time on the SAT or ACT

When it comes to the SAT or ACT, every second allowed for the test matters. Check out these tips to help you manage your time!

Thriving Under Pressure In College

It's extremely normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed in college. Here's how to thrive under pressure in college!

6 Reasons You Need A LinkedIn Profile

Here are 6 reasons you should be using LinkedIn to build your professional network!