Focus on campus resources

Beth McHenry

With the beginning of the new academic year, many of us, whether new or returning students, will face a whole new set of challenges in classes and labs. Unfortunately, many students overlook one of the best resources for dealing with academic life: the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Located on the first floor of Briggs Hall, the center offers one-on-one tutoring in writing, oral communication, and quantitative skills. CTL tutors can help students write papers, give presentations or speeches, and work through mathematical problems for any class. There are also content tutors that help students with the material for many specific classes.
The CTL also offers small-group tutoring for many classes, a library of written resources on a variety of topics, academic skills counseling, and workshops that focus on topics like study skills and test taking.
The center also assigns writing tutors to each freshman studies section. These tutors communicate with the professor on a regular basis and can give students extra insight into what is expected. However, students should not feel confined to that tutor; they can always see a different tutor.
Students can request appointments with tutors by calling x6767 or e-mailing The CTL is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
During these times, students can visit the CTL for questions, materials, or to schedule an appointment. While the CTL is open, there is also a writing tutor on duty to handle walk-in students. Although it is best to make an appointment, these tutors can often help students right away.