Writing and Tutoring


WRITING CENTER

At the Mary Francine Danis Writing Center (MFDWC), the professional consultants assist writers at all stages in the writing process from interpreting assignments, brainstorming, and focusing, to organizing, determining tone, and creating clarity. The MFDWC offers the OLLU community a safe place for exploring ideas, developing a personal writing process, revising papers, learning about academic honesty and improving writing skills in diverse formats and genres.

Writing Consultants at the MFDWC are professional staff members who hold bachelor's and/or master's degrees and participate in professional development. Consultants help writers learn about and develop their personal writing process and discuss with writers strategies for improving their writing. The MFDWC aims to develop confident, responsible writers and to cultivate excellence in writing across all academic disciplines. The MFDWC provides professional development, tutoring and space for individuals to work and for groups of writers to collaborate.

Consultants are available in person, over the phone, or through an online chat.


Location: Sueltenfuss Library, Room 101
210-431-4199
writing@ollusa.edu


PEER TUTORING CENTER

At the Peer Tutoring Center, peer tutors in specific courses help students study course materials, review concepts and notes, and discover personal learning styles. Peer tutors are recommended by faculty for their high performances in the courses they tutor and participate in tutor training that includes studying tutor pedagogies, learning styles and study strategies. Tutoring is available by appointment.

Location: Sueltenfuss Library, Room 101
210-431-4114
tutoring@ollusa.edu


MATH CENTER/SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION

The Math Center's primary aim is to make math accessible and interesting for students. Recommended by mathematics faculty, the math peer tutors participate in tutor training that includes studying tutor pedagogies, learning styles and study strategies. The math peer tutors assist students with studying course materials, reviewing concepts and notes, and discovering personal learning styles, so they can successfully and independently complete homework and coursework.

Math Supplemental Instruction (SI) assists students through regularly-scheduled, informal study sessions. All SI sessions are highly interactive and integrate course content and foundational skills with study strategies. Peer SI leaders facilitate the sessions. The SI leaders have successfully completed their first-year math course, participate in ongoing SI training, and attend class lectures, take notes and model good student habits.

Location: Sueltenfuss Library, Room 101
210-528-7159


SMART THINKING

If students cannot find the right course or time to meetin with OLLU consultants or peer tutors, they may opt to use our online tutorials through the online platform Smarthinking.com. Smarthinking offers online tutorials in a variety of subject areas, such as mathematics, accounting, biology, chemistry, physics, and writing. A link is located in the student portal.