University Learning Center (Tutoring Services)
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Our mission is to assist Bloomsburg University undergraduates in experiencing learning success, to help student clients (tutees) to strengthen their academic performance, to provide individualized assistance, to foster interest in BU courses, and to aid tutees in achieving learning independence.
The University Learning Center offers peer tutoring, supplemental learning, and academic coaching during fall and spring semesters. NetTutor is our online tutoring service and is available to students during all semesters including summer and winter.
Scheduled peer tutoring for specific courses can be set up through Husky Success before 5 p.m. the day before the session. Students can see the availability of tutors who support the courses they are taking and schedule appointments directly in the Husky Success system.
Peer tutoring appointments take place in the Learning Center (SSC119) following required protocols — masks, social distance, and disinfecting. Some tutors are available to meet with students via Zoom. Please contact us at email@example.com to see if your tutor is available to meet online.
What is SL?
Supplemental Learning (SL) is a series of weekly review sessions for students in selected courses. SL is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. For you the student, it’s a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does, so that when he/she does, you’ll be ready. At each session you will be guided through this material by your SL leader, a competent student who has previously taken the course.
What’s an SL leader?
Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? SL leaders are students themselves who are prepared to share with you what they have learned over the years about how to study. They know the course content and are anxious to help guide you through it. They’ll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they won’t do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together during the SL review sessions. SL can help you learn course material more efficiently.
When do SL review sessions start?
SL sessions begin the second week of class and continue until the last week of class each semester. Most courses will not have review sessions during finals week. The sessions will be held the same days/times/locations every week. Each session will be different because you’ll have new material to discuss. SL review sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your textbook; bring your questions.
What’s in it for me?
BU students that attend SL sessions tend to earn (on average) a better grade than those who do not attend. You’ll have developed a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help you in other classes also.
Please review the Participant Expectation Guide and Agreement (PDF) before attending the first session.
View the Session Schedule to see if your course is supported by SL and when the sessions will be.
What if I need help in a course that is not supported by Supplemental Learning this semester?
If your course is not supported by SL this semester, we highly recommend that you visit University Tutorial Services (UTS), which offers free peer tutoring services for Bloomsburg University students.
Academic Coaching is the one-on-one process of helping a student examine academic concerns and perceived barriers to success. Coaches provide students with support in areas such as time management, procrastination, test preparation, and note-taking and reading strategies. They work individually with students, assess their strengths and needs, and devise a personalized plan of action.
How do I schedule an appointment?
There are 3 ways to schedule an appointment with us:
- Through “My Success Network” in Husky Success
- Students may schedule an appointment by contacting Julia Gusick at 570-389-5133
- Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org
How much does Academic Coaching cost?
Academic coaching is free and unlimited to all Bloomsburg University undergraduate and graduate students who are currently registered.
Which topics will be covered in an appointment?
An array of topics can be covered depending on the student’s concerns. Some of these topics may be related to study strategies, time management, or organization concerns. With this in mind, the first appointment will be the time to collect information and set goals related to these needs and concerns, and subsequent appointments will be guided by the student based on the student’s identified needs.
Who will be my academic coach?
Academic Coaches are graduate students who come with a variety of educational, professional, and personal expertise, as noted below in their bios.
Does coaching require a long-term commitment?
No. A student can see an Academic Coach for as long as the entirety of their stay at BU, or as little as one session. We allow students to dictate their level of desired help, and together we put together a plan of action and discuss the number of appointments desired, based on goals that were set.
What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
We find students who come prepared with questions gain the most from their experience. Consider some of the questions below as you prepare for your appointment.
- What are you struggling with?
- What do you want to get out of the appointment?
- What change(s) would you like to see as a result of working with a coach?
Students unable to connect with a peer tutor should work with NetTutor for support. Students can link to it directly from the home page in BOLT. Many subjects are staffed 24/7 by professional tutors and all others have generous hours of availability.
More information can be found in the NetTutor Quick Reference Guide.
All content areas are available, including:
- computer science
- political science
And plenty more!
Bloomsburg University’s Academic Advisement Center collaborates with students on their academic potential through support services and engaging programs designed to assist them in achieving personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment. Undeclared students will create a realistic plan in collaboration with their academic advisors. The plan will focus on helping students complete requirements for their degree in a manner consistent with their academic, personal and career goals; abilities; and skills.
The Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES), supports students’ growth as writers and readers. We enjoy easing the writing process for all students from any background working in any major. We also enjoy helping students develop strategies for reading and making sense of research and course material. Students set the agenda for each appointment—whether they’re concerned about their reading material, about getting started on a writing project, about improving clarity, grammar, organization, or citations, or about any other aspect of reading, writing, or the English language. Our diverse group of WALES Consultants represent a variety of majors and share the common goal of working with students to develop skills and strategies that help them grow as readers and writers.