SMC Offers a Variety of Tutoring Resources to Students

Writing CircleDid you know that Saint Mary’s has a variety of tutoring resources to help you succeed? Providing such resources is integral to Saint Mary’s educational mission. In January, the Tutoring Center gave a presentation about what types of resources are available to students—and how to find them.

The Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (CWAC) offers many services, from class workshops that faculty can arrange, to writing circles for students enrolled in the same course, to one-on-one writing sessions for students. Said one SMC student, “Going to the center was the first time I went out to ask for help, and it was a big step because I hate asking for help from people. They helped me feel more confident with my writing.” In addition, 99 percent of CWAC students surveyed mentioned that they felt comfortable there.

To join a circle, students can visit www.stmarys-ca.edu/WritingCircles prior to or during the first week of the semester. Advisers will not edit a student’s paper in the traditional sense of the word, but will instead offer constructive criticism, feedback, and work together with a student to ensure that their paper has clearly, cogently expressed ideas. SMC also has resources for disabled students and will “meet them where they’re at,” whether that means providing more intensive editing or helping to physically type a paper.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center also has many resources for students to take advantage of, from tutoring to group sessions. Though the STEM Center’s most popular tutoring sessions revolve around introductory math and chemistry courses, it also offers tutoring for psychology students, among other subjects in the School of Science. The STEM Center also promotes diversity. “The CALC Program sponsors the Pathways to Science Speaker Series, which brings successful, diverse scientists to campus, emphasizing that everyone has a place in Science,” said Program Coordinator Anjelica Beckman in a statement.

The center offers drop-in tutoring in Assumption Hall, as well as group sessions and GRE/MCAT prep assistance. With about 20 to 25 tutors on staff, the STEM Center is a great resource for students to take advantage of.

In addition, for all other subjects, the Tutoring and Academic Skills Center offers support and resources to learn better study skills—such as time management, note-taking, writing, and study techniques. It can be found in Filippi Academic Hall and is open from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It provides tutoring support for the majority of courses offered on campus, and services are at no additional cost to students.