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Center observes National Tutoring Week

The Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Assistance Center is celebrating National Tutoring Week Oct. 7-11.

"Tutors are the ‘stars’ of the center and the staff and their clients will write special comments about their tutors on stars that will be displayed in the LAC," says Sandy Mastandrea, tutorial services administrator.

Tutoring is designed to clarify course content and reinforce understanding of concepts. Tutors also work to strengthen the client’s background skills and apply learning strategies to content.

All tutors must complete EDT 310, Methods of Tutoring Adults, and their grades are screened to determine what courses they are eligible to tutor. The LAC’s 225 tutors serve about 2,400 clients per year. Last year, tutors clocked 13,000 hours.

"The LAC prides itself as being a professional environment where students can utilize the success they’ve had in the classroom," Mastandrea says. "It is the constant growth and change that gives our office spice, but it is the tutors who give us our depth. Their genuine concern for their student clients’ success is truly impressive," she said.

Students come to the LAC not only for tutoring but for programs dealing with learning disabilities, academic support, scholastic enhancement, supplemental instruction and peer mentoring and learning strategies.

"These enhancements support the LAC’s mission of helping students reach their academic goals and giving them the skills needed to be independent and successful learners," Mastandrea said.

Date Published: 10/10/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 11

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