The Learning Center operates in partnership with the faculty. Students are much more likely to make an appointment with a tutor when a faculty member has recommended it; thus, without faculty support, the Learning Center would not be able to do the work that it does. We appreciate the opportunity to supplement instruction with our one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions!
In 2019-2020, the Learning Center began a content-area liaison program for the four highest-demand content areas: writing, math (calculus and statistics), chemistry, and Spanish. Content-area liaisons help to keep the academic departments informed of Learning Center activity and provide initial and ongoing professional development for tutors in that area. Our liaisons are:
Writing: Tina Romanelli
Math: Julie Kolb
Chemistry: Cassie Lilly
Spanish: Callie DeBellis
Please feel free to reach out to your liaison if you have questions or concerns about tutoring in one of these areas. Of course, regardless of content area, the Learning Center desires partnerships with all faculty. If you would like to share ideas or ask questions about the Learning Center, please email Tina Romanelli.
The Meredith College Learning Center is a College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified tutor training program. The tutor training course (IDS: 155) runs once per semester and provides one hour of credit to students who successfully complete the course requirements.
In order to be considered for the course, students must obtain a faculty recommendation, complete an application, and interview with the director of the Learning Center. Faculty recommendations can be provided through this form.
Please consider perusing the list of current tutors to see if you can recommend any tutors for an additional subject area using this form.
We ask that all faculty who are recommending students review our mission and values before completing the form. It is important to note that the best students do not always make the best tutors and that tutoring requires interpersonal skills and critical thinking beyond what is necessary for success in the classroom. In general, it is preferable to train sophomores or juniors for tutoring because of the time and energy that go into maintaining a high level of training.
The following charts provide more information about these sessions.
The four subject areas with the largest demand are writing, Spanish, chemistry, and mathematics (both calculus and statistics). These four content areas make up more than 75% of the total sessions.
While September and October are always busy months in the Learning Center, the unprecedented events of the Spring 2020 semester drastically reduced the expected number of sessions for March and April. The average of the four previous March session totals is 315 sessions: March 2020's total is 164. The average of the four previous April session totals is 429: April 2020's total is 238.
The Learning Center trained and piloted online appointments in Summer 2019, but Spring 2020 saw the first major increase in online appointments.