Welcome to the Learning Lab

Tutoring


The CSC Learning Lab Peer Tutor Program provides tutoring in most subject areas, including general education courses. You can meet with student tutors to discuss class material, get questions answered about a class, or to receive help studying for exams. Peer tutoring is available to all CSC students at no additional expense. Some subjects tutoring is offered: Math, Writing, Chemistry, Biology, Social Sciences, Rangeland Management, Music, Psychology, Education, & Business.

Are you an online student? We offer all tutoring subjects available in person or online. When making an appointment using our Bookings Page, please select "Online Appointment". We will send you a zoom link for your tutoring session. Please be sure to have the assignment you are working on ready for the tutor to reference. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Front Desk of the Learning Lab at tutor@produce-navi.net or 308-432-6382. 

Quotes from students who have used the tutoring center:

“Alec and Logan and Bri always me help out.”

“It was a good experience and helped me recommend a friend who now goes there often.”

“Everything is pretty great.”

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday: By appointment only.

A student signs in at the Learning Lab

Resources for Students


Self-Help Resources

Sometimes you need help at 2:00 am, or only have a quick question, or a video is the best explanation. At these times it helps to know some of the resources available on-demand.

Subject-Specific

Writing

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the go-to resource for college writing information. It is what our tutors use, and it should be one of your bookmarked pages.

Math

Our tutors recommend Symbolab Math Solver which solves math problems step-by-step. One note though, this isn't to be used to do your homework, but to learn how to do your homework.

Mathway is another site to help you work through math problems. It has a variety of online calculators for any class.

Did you know the Learning Lab has TI-84 graphing calculators for check-out? Contact us at tutor@produce-navi.net and check one out for the whole semester.

Chemistry

The Dynamic Periodic Table is great for learning and exploring the elements. Sort, select, and search the various elements for a world of information.

 General Resources

We here at the Learning Lab cannot recommend the Khan Academy highly enough. What started as one man tutoring his cousin using YouTube videos has become one of the best academic resources for students and teachers. While it is primarily geared towards math and high school students, there is a ton of information in a variety of subjects:

It is free to sign up and each subject is divided into easily consumable short lessons, videos, and practices.

CrashCourse is a YouTube channel, that was initially recommended as a great history resource, which it is, but also includes informative videos on literature, biology, ecology, chemistry, and more.

Time Management Resources

College can be stressful for students, especially during their first year at college. Time management can be a difficult skill to master, but is one of the most crucial skills to learn for success.

It is important to learn how to manage your time well, to make more time for yourself outside of class. Discipline=FREEDOM!

Here are some great tips on how to start managing your time better in and outside of college. 

1. Create a Calendar

Creating a calendar to help you manage your day to day like can relieve a lot of stress. Instead of being caught by surprise with an important paper due two days from now, or missing a fun event in the HUB because you accidentally scheduled study group that night, creating a calendar can help you manage your events, deadlines, exams, and fun events. 

Some great digital calendar options include:

Google Calendar

Outlook Calendar

Fantastical

Calendly

2. Set Reminders

If you decide on an digital calendar, it is time to set some reminders to help you stay on track. This can help you if you need to complete certain assignments on time, remind you when social events are coming up, and help remind you to send out that group message to meet about a group project. 

If an digital calendar isn't for you, you can use a physical planner, or set reminders on your phone to alert you. Time management is all about setting yourself up for success, and giving yourself the tools to do that will help you, and increase your confidence. 

3. Use Tools That Work For You

If a digital calendar doesn't work for you, that's ok! Find the tool that works best for you, and stick with that. The more consistent you are using that tool, the easier it will get to stay on schedule. Your calendar or time management choice will help you with short, and long term planning. 

Here are some great suggestions to review in choosing what may work best for you: 

Planners

If you like paper planners, these can be really helpful with long term deadlines, important class deadlines, exam dates, and appointments/meetings. Time Blocking is also beneficial. 

Papier

Plum Paper

Moleskin

Scheduling and Appointments

If you are back to back appointments, class, meetings, and work, scheduling by the hour may be what works for you. Here are some suggestions that have proven to really help students!

Asana

Trello

Structured App

5. Prioritize

Like we have said before, Discipline= FREEDOM! When you have a lot to do, and little time to do it in, things can get stressful. However, if you learn how to prioritize your tasks, and take on big projects in sections at a time, you will find these tasks become easier to accomplish. 

Try to complete simple tasks first, get them out of the way!

What can be postponed? Think about social events coming last, there will always be another time, but there will not be another due date for your mid term project. 

Friends will understand! Nothing says more about good friends than ones who support you prioritizing your education and work schedule. 

6. Have Fun!

It is also important to schedule in time for yourself. Life isn't always about class, exams, work, and studying. Put your well being and mental health first, and schedule in time to have fun with friends. 

CSC offers amazingly fun Residence Life events on campus. Check here for a list of fun events coming up! 

7. Use Campus Resources

Time management, organization, and preparation can sometimes only get you so far. Luckily, there are a lot of resources at CSC to help you succeed! We have people rooting for you in every corner! Here are some suggestions on places to go for help:

CSC Counseling Services

Tutoring Services- Schedule appointment here

CSC Nursing Office

Title IX Resources

START Academic Advising

Peer Mentoring - Back on Track


Back on Track Mentors are available in the Learning Lab to help you succeed during college. Peer Mentors are here to help in a variety of ways. Do you need some help with getting organized, finding motivation, or just someone to chat with? Peer Mentors are here for you!

Are you an online student? All Back on Track Peer Mentoring sessions are also available online. When visiting our Bookings Page, please select 'online appointment'. Once we receive the appointment we will email you a zoom link for you and your mentor. 

Does Peer Mentoring Work?

After completing the program, students were asked “What did you learn while participating in the program?”

“I knew more ways to study and make sure I am successful”

“I learned how to manage my time better”

“I feel I learned a lot about time management because I started completing my assignments earlier in the week”

Students were also asked “Do you feel the Back on Track Program benefited you?”

“I feel it benefited me because having to go meet with my mentor every week helped me keep up in my classes, knowing that the meeting will be short if all my work is done, and I'm caught up is a motivation.”

“It was helpful, it kept me on track with my schoolwork”

“It made me feel more comfortable with the courses I took, even though I still struggled. It just made things a lot easier!”

Students working in the Learning Lab

Study Hall


Some athletic teams and other organizations require students to participate in study hall hours at the Learning Lab. Please sign in at the Learning Lab front desk, then depending on your coach or other leader's requirements, you may study quietly in the library, work with a tutor, or work in a study group.

If requested, we can also complete a study hall session form for you to return to your coach or instructor. On request, we can also email your coach or instructor that you attended study hall in the Learning Lab. 

Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leaders


PASS Leader sessions are extra study and review time for a specific class which is lead and guided by a PASS Leader. 

 

Subject Location Days & Times
BIOL 101 General Biology I with Dr. Hardy COIL 017 

Mondays 7-8 PM

Thursdays 6-7 PM

CHEM 334 Organic II with Dr. Keithly & CHEM 335 Biochem with Dr. Keith COIL 017  Mondays & Wednesdays 8-9 PM
CHEM 334 Organic II with Dr. Keithly COIL 017  Tuesdays 8-9 PM & 9-10 PM
CHEM 132 College Chemistry II with Dr. Evard  COIL 017 Tuesdays & Wednesdays 7-8 PM
CHEM 334 Organic II with Dr. Keithly  COIL 017 Tuesdays 3-4 PM and Thursdays 8-9 AM
MATH 232 Applied Statistics with Mr. Sayaloune  COIL 232 Wednesdays 7-8 PM

 

Become a Peer Tutor or Mentor

Are you interested in becoming a peer tutor, mentor, or PASS leader? Please email, Chantel Merchen, Director - Office of Academic Success, for an application packet: cmerchen@produce-navi.net. You may also pick-up an application in person at the Learning Lab.

Requirements include: 

  • GPA of a 3.0 or higher (2.0 if recent grades suggest high potential)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Eager to learn and contribute (opportunities to help are plentiful)
  • Must be a positive academic role model

Chantel Merchen
Director Office of Academic Success
P: 308-432-6381
E: cmerchen@produce-navi.net

Rebecca Monahan
Retention Specialist
P: 308-432-6488
E: rmonahan@produce-navi.net