Faculty and peers at BYU-Idaho offer help in several subjects to students who need assistance as mid-terms approach.
There are over 400 paid student employees and another 150-200 student volunteer tutors each semester for various subjects, said Greg Hazard, the department chair for the Academic Support Centers.
He said that from 2014 to 2015, visits to the tutoring center increased by 20,800 visits.
“Growth in on-campus and online enrollment, including Pathway, is the department’s biggest challenge,” Hazard said. “To help with this, there are now over 4,000 video tutorials which give students 24/7 access.”
There are several academic support centers, including Math, Study Skills, Writing, Reading, Presentation Practice and general tutoring.
“We have seen so many students think of math as an insurmountable obstacle to getting their degrees,” said Daniel Baird, the director of the Math Study Center. “Through the Math Study Center and the tutors, they were able to get through and actually find some appreciation for the subject. Some of them eventually become tutors themselves. It is so neat to see students turn their whole academic lives around.”
The Math Study Center is located in the David O. McKay Library. There is open lab tutoring for classes MAT 101 through MAT 214 and one-on-one tutoring available for all math classes under 400-level, Baird said.
The Math Study Center also has tutoring available for online students, as well as late night tutoring, said Stephan O’Shaughnessy, a manager for the math tutoring center.
“Every hour of the day, we have tutors here in the tutoring center that are dedicated to work specifically online”, O’Shaughnessy said.
To receive help, students can find information on the BYU-I website by searching “math help.”
“This is an amazing resource to students who are taking math online or through the pathway program,” O’Shaughnessy said.
BYU-I Study Skills offers tutoring, online tips and videos to students to improve their ability to study. Students can request a tutor through the Study Skills Web page.
The Writing Center has various resources for students, including tutors, a drop-in tutoring center in the library, assistance for online students and online videos and content, according to their Web page.
The Reading Center provides students help with reading strategies and basic writing skills, according to their Web page. They help students better understand their textbooks to make the books more effective in their classes.
“Many students come to the Reading Center to work with our trained tutors on improving vocabulary and phonetic skills, reading fluency, textbook comparison, reading efficiency and advanced comprehension,” according to the Reading Center Web page.
When students need help with a presentation for class, they can visit the Presentation Practice Center, according to the PPC Web page. The mission statement of the PPC is, “Whether you are presenting a project or presenting yourself, the Presentation Practice Center will help you find the confidence and passion to be successful.”
Students can meet in groups or one-on-one to prepare and practice presentations for any class subject, according to the PPC Web page. Students can schedule an appointment with PPC a tutor online or by visiting Joseph F. Smith Building 368.
“I know that tutoring is helpful because one of the best things we can do is repetition,” said Melissa Snell, a senior studying psychology.
Snell said she has been tutored and is now a tutor.
Many classes and subjects are assigned a tutor. To find a tutor, students can visit the Tutor Request page on the Academic Support Center’s Web page.
“If your learning is important enough to you to attend college and seek a degree, then it should be important enough for you to spend an extra amount of time meeting with a tutor — this helps you figure out where your weaknesses might lie and provides an opportunity for you to have the gaps filled in.”