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Student Support Services: specialized and successful

from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     The nine student tutors can help their peers with Math 167 through 50 and English 166 through 50.
     "We have some of the best tutors on campus right here in this center," said Instructional Assistant Rita Jackson. Students can stay in the program even after having completed Math or English 50, and get tutorial services in the advanced levels of both subjects, provided there is a tutor available.
      Any low-income or first-generation college student who can provide a teacher/faculty referral that expresses an academic need determined through assessment testing is eligible. Students must be enrolled in at least three units, intend to graduate with an associate degree and transfer to a four-year university to be eligible. Students need to speak with SSS Counselor Ishtobe Malcolm or SSS Coordinator Chris Cole, and fill out an application packet.

     Secretary Diane Mohr said, "Students are allowed two hours of tutoring per week. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments guarantee tutor availability."
     Cullen described a technique that works for him. "Individual effort does not reach the same level of accomplishment that group effort/study groups can reach. Everyone in our math group last semester increased their average by at least one letter grade after studying with a group and then with a tutor."
     For those just wanting to practice their lessons, the computers in the SSS lab have math software in the Skills Bank application.  And there is Internet access for anyone interested in using websites. Cole said, "There are 160 students enrolled in the program" and "approximately 40 that work with the computer applications."
     Anyone interested in becoming a tutor may fill out an application in the student employment office. For more information, call 245-4271 extension 2641.


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