Free Learning Services on Campus
In Five Pro Tips for Good Grades, we discussed several ways you can take charge and get A's in college. The fifth
pro tip, in particular, bears the advice of utilizing the university's resources.
Here at Southern, we have three learning support centers that offer a variety of services.
These centers are open for all, no matter if you are a freshman, sophomore, junior,
or senior. Oh, and did we mention that they are all free?
- Tutoring Center—Located on the third floor of McKee Library, the Tutoring Center caters to students
who want to benefit from the coaching of fellow students who have previously taken
the class. Their mission is to assist students in developing the knowledge base, skills,
and strategies that will help them to become confident, independent, and active learners.
There are two programs under this center: Peer Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Peer Tutoring offers free tutoring sessions for 57 lower-division courses and 21 upper-division courses by students have excelled in the class. Sessions are 50 minutes long and usually one-on-one or in a small group. They are held on campus in convenient locations, including the dorm lobbies.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides free peer-assisted study sessions for historically challenging classes such as General Chemistry, General Biology, General Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics. SI leaders teach from experience; they must have completed the course with a B+ or higher. Sessions are held two to three times a week, are 50 minutes long, and include a small group made up of classmates. Just like Peer Tutoring, SI meetings are held on campus in convenient locations.
- Writing Center—Whereas the Tutoring Center focuses on specific classes, the Writing Center (located
on the first floor of McKee Library) provides help for all your writing and research
needs, regardless the course or discipline. Writing tutors have experienced peer writers
who are CRLA certified and trained in the writing process.
Students can schedule a session that best fits their availability. Each session with a writing tutor lasts 30-60 minutes where the tutor will read and discuss the piece of writing you are working on. They can help with brainstorming at the start of an assignment, organizing your paper, developing and sustaining an argument, incorporating research and sources effectively, citing sources accurately in MLA, APA, or Chicago style, and editing grammar and punctuation.
- Student Support Services—The Student Support Services is another place that helps our students be the best
versions of themselves. Located in Lynn Wood Hall, it hosts a fleet of professionally
trained counselors and advisers available to serve you in a supportive, caring, and
confidential environment. The resources they provide go further than just classes
and projects. In fact, this center offers six specialized services. They include Career
Services, Counseling Services, Disability Support Services, First Year Experience
Services, Retention and First Year Advising Services, and Testing Services. Here's
a summary of what each segment does.
Career Services—Assist student with choosing a major, career counseling, resumé and cover letter writing, and interview prep
Counseling Services—Individual and group counseling services regarding relationships, conflict resolution, career interests, stress and time management, test anxiety, learning differences, personal crisis, depression, selecting a major, value exploration, substance abuse, self-esteem, loss and grief, spiritual concerns, family issues, social concerns, adjustment to college, and referrals for additional services
Disability Support Services—Facilitate equal access to Southern’s learning community for students who have documented disabilities or suspected learning differences
First Year Experience Services—Introduce students to college life through orientations, Southern Connections, and the mentorship program and inform parents of Southern life through parent orientations
Retention and First Year Advising Services—Help new and returning students with their course schedule, choice of major, and other registration and enrollment needs
Testing Services—Administer university-related test programs, coordinate the administration of national entrance exams, and offer students the opportunity to take advantage of assessment for personal, educational, and career planning
As mentioned above, these services/resources are completely free. It does not matter if you are a biology major or a nursing major or an English major; everyone needs a little help every once in a while. Southern's learning services not only provide temporary academic backing for you for one or two classes, but are designed to help you grow to be a successful student in the long term.
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