Tutors at the ready

By Andrew Lohafer

Some questions have no answers. But for the ones that do, there’s a place for that.

The Learning Center at Whatcom Community College offers a wide range of resources to its students. There’s a full staff ready to help students succeed waiting in Cascade 113.

“I really needed to get my paper to where it needed to be,” said student Cassandra Berkhol. “It helped a lot.”

The writing and math tutors at the center have a goal in mind to not only provide help and resources for what students are working on but to help them understand how to find answers. 

Students can find the means to strengthen their ideas and get help from calculus to college applications, essays and more. The Learning Center is a place to talk about possible assignment topics with a free personal tutor, who can help brainstorm for ideas. 

“We work for the students,” said Melissa Peacock, a writing tutor. “We are not all English majors here. We have diversity.” 

“It was very easy to sign up,” Berkhol said. “People are always there to help.”

On a drop-in basis students can feel free to visit the Learning Center Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 The staff is comprised of current or former Whatcom students from a wide and diverse range of majors and focuses, “which is great because we have all had similar experiences as students,” said Peacock. Understanding how the student operates and being more receptive to the needs of students is a focus at the learning center, she said.

“We focus on conversation, and working together,” said Peacock. “It’s the whole process.”            

Online options are available, such as tutoring, MLA and APA citation systems, and how-to videos. Students can just email their questions or papers to a tutor for comprehensive feedback via email.

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