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Having trouble in a class? Our tutors can help!

The Learning Commons’ Tutoring Program offers free tutoring to all CLC students. Yes, free!

“Our tutoring program has seen some positive changes over the past year and continues to grow and improve all the time,” said Teri Duff, Learning Commons coordinator.

It started as a drop-in schedule, where students could just come in whenever they needed help. Last fall, an appointment calendar was added for those who preferred a designated time.

This proved to be a great additional tool and was well received by the students, Duff said.

For those who need tutoring while off campus, the online tutoring and support is a great option.

“Students have found the convenience of the hours in the Library/ Learning Commons, the quiet study spaces, the abundance of computers and the knowledgeable/available tutors to be quite helpful in their pursuit for a good education,” Duff said.

Numbers keep growing for students using the Learning Commons tutors. In Spring 2015 there were 519 hours of tutoring. In Fall of that same year, that number jumped to 1,167 hours. That’s an increase of 648 hours!

It’s proof that the Learning Commons’ motto holds true: “Your future is our vision; your success in our mission!”

Duff added, “Our tutors strive to provide the best assistance for our students and it shows in the number of students we serve and the many hours that our tutors put in.”

The Tutoring Program is certified through College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) as a level 1 certified program. The College Reading and Learning Association is recognized throughout the US and Canada at many 2 and 4 year institutions.

About the tutors:

In order for tutors to work in the Learning Commons they must be in the top 5% of the class, be recommended by the instructor/faculty member whose course they wish to tutor in, and go through an interview process prior to being hired. Once they are hired, then they must complete 10 hours of training, perform 25+ hours of verified tutoring with peers and have an evaluation by their supervisor and one or two random tutees throughout the semester to achieve their certification.

How to meet with a tutor:

  • Drop-in: Just stop in the Learning Commons (located in the Library) and meet with a tutor. (See tutor schedule for what subjects are available and when).
  • Appointment calendar: Find it on D2L Brightspace under the resources tab or locate it on our Learning Commons webpage to make appointments.
  • Online tutoring and support: call the Learning Commons desk at 218-855-8158 for help arranging an appointment.


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