Tech Mall provides free tutoring in English and Math, among other subjects

The Grossmont tutoring center, on the second floor of the tech-mall (Photo--Russ Lindquist)

The Grossmont tutoring center, on the second floor of the tech-mall (Photo: Russ Lindquist)

By Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Is the subject matter in your class overwhelming you?  Are you afraid you’re falling behind? Inside the tech mall, there are three tutoring centers: English Writing Center, Math Tutoring Center and the Grossmont College Tutoring Center.  Each area has numerous tutors available for students of any skill level and educational aim.

The English Writing Center is available for students needing help with writing in any subject. The center offers 20-30 minute sessions, with students able to take lessons up to twice a day.  The center is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Cynthia Koether, director of the Writing Center, explains that tutors teach students to brain-storm, to use proper sentence structure and to be employ proper grammar.  A special English 151-152 Instruction class is also available for students to take.  It is located in the back of the Writing Center.

The center, located in room 119 inside the tech mall, accepts walk-in appointments.  During the Spring 2011 semester, it provided help to over 6,400 students.

The Math Tutoring Center has tutors on hand to respond to students’ questions covering any math subject that you can take at Grossmont. Karun Jittanongsak, a three-semester veteran tutor of the center, commented, “when you teach others it helps you learn better.”

There are two sides to the Math Center, one side devoted to Math courses with double-digit identification numbers and the other side for more advanced math students. Jittanongsak explained, that “by keeping the students separate it keeps the lower math students from being discouraged if they were to see a more advanced problem. This way they stay motivated.”

Tutoring in the math center requires students to register for the math tutoring class, which can be done inside the center itself. A five-minute rule is applied for any math problem so that tutors will be available for everyone in the center.

The Math Tutoring Center in room 112 of the tech mall is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

The Grossmont College Tutoring Center requires appointments scheduled at least one week in advance at the 2nd floor office of Lucy Price, head of the Grossmont College Tutoring Center, or via one of her assistants.

To use the center, a student need simply be enrolled in at least one Grossmont College course. The center offers tutoring for a variety of subjects, including Biology, Math and world languages. However, this center does not offer English tutoring.

Students requesting tutoring must enroll with the center in order to schedule time. Tutoring is in either half-hour or full-hour increments, limited to two hours per subject in a week and up to five hours total per week.  Study rooms are available upstairs for two students or more working on class-related projects.

The Grossmont Tutoring Center is on the 2nd floor of the tech mall in room 229. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

Each of the three Tutoring Centers has over 25 tutors with between 3 and 7 tutors available at any given time. These services are all free, and accept, at any point during the semester, new students who seek to better understand school material.  If you ever have a need for information, feel free and welcome to step into one of these centers and inquire. The staff there is ready to help you.

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Jeitler is a student in MediaComm132; email him at issacj@gcsummit.com

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