Changes to the university’s tutoring program criteria has made free, one-on-one tutoring available to all students.
Tutors are available on the main floor of the Brown library Monday-Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and Fridays from 4-7 p.m. Tutors can be identified by their bright blue shirts and orange signs that read “available for tutoring”. For more information on tutoring and how to book an appointment, email University Access Programs Coordinator Debbie Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit room 312 in the Hardin Administration Building.
Previously, tutoring services were only available to students that met one of the three criteria set by Alpha Scholar guidelines. In order to qualify, a student had to either be the child of a parent that did not graduate college, be classified as low-income or have a documented disability.
“Our program was funded through a grant through the Department of [education] that we no longer have,” Naoemi Sanchez, tutor coordinator said. “The grant was aimed at serving a specific group of students, which only allowed us to offer services to students in the program. ACU now funds us, so we are able to serve the entire student body.”
“Because we don’t have to follow those Alpha Scholars guidelines anymore, we decided to kick-off this semester and open it up to everybody.”
The tutoring program now has 36 tutors on staff that specialize in certain academic areas but are all certified to assist with subjects like exam prep, study skills and time management.
Alyssa Wilder, junior biology major from Everman, has been a tutor for two years and said the new system has allowed her to assist more students than she previously was able to.
“Because we’re open to the whole campus now, we are able to help a lot more students,” Wilder said. “In the past couple weeks I have seen more people than I would have usually at this time of year.”