Academic services a valuable resource for GCSU students
There are many free useful resources for GCSU students on campus that remain unused, but the peopleare still willing to help.
Graduate student tutors like Stephen McCormick and Matt Jurak staff a writing center, located in Lanier Hall.
The main goal of the Writing Center is not to proofread papers and deal with grammatical errors, but to help students try and write better papers in general.
“Most students come in not knowing what they want help with, so we try and help them figure out what they need,” Jurak said.
The tutors don’t want students to leave frustrated, but instead to depart knowing how to better organize their essays and papers. They specialize in helping students start their writing assignments and how to use quotes effectively.
“If you can’t make it to Lanier Hall there are several undergrads that have writing tutorials in the residence halls,” McCormick said.
The Language Lab is made up of two rooms. One is a computer lab where teachers assign tasks for their students to do and another room is where tutors like Mary Bess Parks, a junior Spanish minor, and Luke Hawthorne, a French major, help students with their respective languages by answering questions and offering homework help.
“We have the answers to all the workbooks. Actually some have been stolen, so if you have those please return them,” Parks said.
According to Hawthorne not many French students come for help even though they mean to.
“It’s sad that so few people use it. It’s a great resource,” Hawthorne said.
The Learning Center is the more crowded of the three tutoring centers. According to physics and math tutor Reece Boston, the most popular subject to visit the Learning Center for is math. Probability and statistics, as well as calculus, are the subjects in which the most students need help.
“We tutor in a variety of subjects. There are some tutors who specialize in economics and some in chemistry. I’m weird because I have taken so many math classes that I can help people in a lot of ways,” Boston said.
Students can also come to the center just to study, they don’t need to have questions. According to Boston, many students have come in to find their classmates studying as well as helping one another.
A Bobcat Card is all that is needed to access these facilities and get assistance.