LTCC opens new tutoring center
Lake Tahoe Community College held the grand opening of its Tutorial and Learning Center (TLC) on Jan. 15, which brought a crowd of students, faculty and staff.
“It’s always hoppin’ in here,” said LTCC math instructor Larry Green.
The center provides group study rooms, a Math Success Center, a Learning Assistance Center and a Writing Center, which opened Monday.
Before the TLC opened, Green said students would leave the main campus building to study in a room adjacent to a kickboxing class. “It wasn’t very quiet,” he said.
The college has come a long way since then.
The Math Success Center is divided into two groups: algebra students and calculus students. Green said algebra students can be intimidated by calculus, so the center divided the space to make them feel comfortable.
The Learning Assistance Center pairs students with tutors for all subjects, proctors exams and provides Internet access. Nearby, students needing help with basic grammar or research papers can find it at the Writing Center.
The TLC also provides bilingual tutors. One of them, Nestor Cerruto, said he is the bridge for English and Spanish. Sometimes students need help understanding math concepts but have trouble articulating themselves in English. A bilingual tutor helps break down those barriers, he said.
The center employs 20 to 30 tutors. They are hired by quarter, and departments recommend students to be tutors.
LTCC student Jesse Denham said he enjoys the Math Success Center because he doesn’t have to travel outside anymore.
Since the tutors are students, Denham said it’s a comfortable environment, and it’s easier to work with them on a personal level.
The tutors get impromptu help, too: Students help each other.
“I try to help everyone I can, because the more I do, the more I get it,” Denham said.
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