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Learning Commons offer students help

Learning Commons offer students help
  • On August 21, 2020

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

Although students will miss the beautiful designs created by LCC’s future artists on the whiteboard, the Learning Commons has evolved into an online platform to better meet students’ current needs.

“(This is an) opportunity for us to share resources as well as personal interaction with students,” said Cindy Storie, director of Academic Support and Learning Assistance.

Storie said she is optimistic the change will not hurt the students’ tutoring needs in any way.

All LCC courses are supported by the Learning Commons, with nine professional tutors on the team. These lead professional tutors, according to Storie, are equipped with bachelor’s degrees, and even master’s degrees, in their respective fields.

The tutors work closely with LCC’s professors to best serve students’ needs in their particular classes. All of them are also trained to help students with any written work, whether it be papers, essays, etc.

“All tutoring will take place online with professional tutors using WebEx for most LCC courses; and the Writing Studio using D2L for writing assistance,” the LCC website states.

According to Storie, students are able to make an appointment on the LCC website under “Tutoring Services.”

After giving his or her information through the online request, someone will call the student to schedule an hour-long tutoring session. Students have the option to request their appointment via phone or chat session, if required, instead of using WebEx.

A special offering to students who need a little extra help is the use of Brainfuse, an after-hours third-party service that is available online. Brainfuse will be helpful to those who need tutorial support.

If a student only needs an extra pair of eyes for papers or projects, trained learning assistants are available as well.

Fall semester hours of operation for the Learning Commons and Writing Studio will change after Labor Day, but until then students can call (517) 483-1206 or by looking online under “Tutoring Services.”

“We recommend students contact the Learning Commons early in the first week and throughout the semester,” Storie said. This is to best prepare them for quizzes, tests and exams, and to give students help before they’re scrambling prior to a test, trying to make an appointment.

To request a tutoring or writing assistance appointment, fill out this online form:

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