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Students Have Tutoring Options At Carroll Community College

Release Date: 12/15/2010

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Students Have Tutoring Options At Carroll Community College

Westminster, Md., Students at Carroll Community College who need help with their studies can turn to the college's Academic Center for help from professional tutors, peer tutors, and for online tutoring.

On December 8, 2010, the Academic Center recognized its peer tutors with a reception and certificate presentation ceremony.

Tutors are available in person Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Online tutoring is also available in math and science on a 24/7 basis. The popular service, which is provided at no additional cost to participating students, has grown to 376 requests for tutors by appointment and about 500 requests for drop-in sessions within the fall semester.

Tutors are available for assistance in writing, math, science, and nursing. Professional and peer tutors are paid and provided by the college. Professional tutors are experts in their area and have degrees in the subjects they tutor. Peer tutors are currently enrolled in or have completed courses in which they are tutoring. The Academic Center has 29 peer tutors and 26 professional tutors available to serve students.

"Students are especially comfortable working with other students. Peer tutors have taken the courses, and with this class experience and knowledge of professors, they are able to assist others well," said Magdeleine Vandal, chair of Transitional Studies and Academic Services.

Helping other students to learn provides benefits to tutors and to those they help. "Tutored students benefit from the service because they perform better in class. Students who attend seven or more tutoring sessions are more likely to pass a course in which they may have difficulty. Conversely, students who share their knowledge as peer tutors become more engaged in what they are doing, become excited about what they are doing, and become energized by making a difference in someone's life. Tutoring generates enthusiasm and the desire to become a part of the learning community. As a result, students feel more connected to the college," said Vandal.


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