Tutoring help goes beyond math, English3 min read

Zee Wang, Staff Writer

The Student Success Center offers De Anza College students many tutoring options beyond the expected tutoring for English writing and math problems.

The SSC also offers services such as the Listening and Speaking Center, general subjects tutoring, adjunct study skills class and Academic Skills Center.

One-on-one sessions last up to an hour, and students with quick questions can have up to 30 minutes with drop-in sessions.

Depending on the needs of the students, tutors can cover a range of subjects, from economics to anthropology.

Devika Nair, business major, sought one-on-one tutoring sessions to help with her accounting class for this quarter.

“It’s helpful, especially when I don’t understand the lecture from my instructor,” Nair said. “It’s like a backup for it.”

The SSC is providing special final review sessions for all accounting students, said instructional support coordinator Sandy Blackborow.

The Academic Skills Center is for students who prefer workshops.

The center provides 50-minute workshops for skills such as note taking, team building, time management and testing, along with a new workshop, which aims at teaching students to apply online tools for study.

Adjunct study skills group tutoring is another option to improve your skills. Adjunct study skills 232 is a half-unit class, helping students learn specific study skills for classes such as accounting, biology, economics, history, and political science.

According to co-director of the Student Success Center Diana Alves de Lima, tutors are recruited by the instructors to lead the study groups of three to 10 students.

“Success rates for this program are very high,” Lima said. “Students who participate adjunct have 20 percent higher grades than students who did not participate adjunct.”

The Listening and Speaking Center is a tutoring center for helping English as a Second Language students. The center aims to help ESL student with culture shock and language barriers.

“A lot of people think here’s the best place on campus, especially for the language learners,” said Kanako Suda, instructional support specialist.

Any student who has an ESL class can come by LSC, providing 50-minute workshops, 30-minute one-on-one tutoring, language exchange and software study.

In language exchange program, ESL students have a chance to communicate with native speakers. Leaders pick topics like food, culture, or travel and students practice conversation.

“Some people called this place the Disneyland of De Anza,” said Suda, “but Disneyland cannot exist without hard work. We have many people who are hard working to make this place a lot of fun and good for learning.”

Student Success Center Locations & Schedules for Fall 2013

  • Academic Skills (LC107A)
    Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • General Subject Tutoring (LC107)
    Monday – Tuesday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Wednesday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Listening & Speaking (Room L47)
    Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Math, Science & Technology (Room S43)
    Monday – Thursday 8:30 am — 6:30 pm
    Friday 8:30 am — 12:30 pm
  • Writing & Reading (LC107)
    Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Wednesday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
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