Center for Academic support
By Tracy Whorton
September 30, 2013
Now is the time to stop in to the Center for Academic Support, before the semester progresses even further.
“We strongly encourage students to come to the CAS, whether you are struggling with a class or are a 4.0 student, even graduate students. We offer a wide range of help,” Corla Dawson, director of CAS, said.
Math is the busiest service. Many experience anxiety about math. Here, students can gain further understanding in a one-on-one setting or small group. Tutors are on hand for walk-ins, although appointments are much appreciated.
Tutors for improving writing skills, the second biggest service, are also available.
Content tutoring is for classes, such as biology or accounting, where help may not be readily available. As a student, you need to go into the CAS and request help; they then contact facility members and set up the tutor. This process can take some time to complete, so don’t put it off till the end of semester.
“We help students with subjects they are struggling with,” Morgan Breckenridge said.
Breckenridge, who is a senior vocal music major, is also a tutor.
To qualify to be a tutor, you must have an A or B in the class, hold a GPA of 3.00 and be recommended by facility.
“Hopefully, we are not a crutch for students. Our goal is to teach them to be successful and independent on their own,” Breckenridge said.
Organizational skills and study habit skills are important for students to acquire, both of which can be learned here at the CAS.
“Lots of students don’t know our location, and we do have our own entrance,” Dawson said.
The Center is located in the Hearnes building, room 213. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The best thing about this service to students is it is free.
Whether you are in need of help, or wanting to give back by becoming a tutor, the CAS is a location to get acquainted with. The rewards are huge.
Kim Jones is a senior, who is double majoring in psychology and organizational communication. Jones served as a tutor for an upper level class and found the experience rewarding.
“Give it your best and never give up,” Jones said. “Practice, practice, practice- there are no shortcuts in life.”