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Tutoring Services makes the grade

By Chris Hanian
On April 13, 2016

Kirkwood Community College’s tutoring is set apart from other colleges because it is free to students. Tutoring Services staffs more than 120 tutors while aiding about 1,100 students a semester. Mike Scallon, Support Services coordinator, stated that although the tutoring center primarily hires student tutors, they will hire outside help for harder subjects and certain areas that students have trouble obtaining a high grade. Scallon said tutoring is limited to credit classes, two classes a semester and two hours a week per class. Unlike other universities the tutors that Tutoring Services hires are mostly students who have excelled at those subjects and maintain a 3.0 or above GPA, while they must have a B+ or higher in that subject that they tutor.

Marcie Christensen, left, is one of 120 students who work for Kirkwood’s Tutoring Services

According to the Kirkwood tutoring website, students who are interested in becoming a tutor can attend a paid 10-hour workshop and after 25 hours of experience they can become a certified tutor. “There has been a high correlation with progress and tutoring,” said Scallon. “You don’t have to be a struggling student. You can be a B student wanting to be an A student.” The tutoring center has walk in tutoring but does not offer tutoring for English Languag Acquisition.

The center is technologically up to date, according to Scallon, and has six quiet study rooms and a full computer lab, which is equipped with a MAC. The area around Tutoring Services also has three Wi-Fi nodes, which allows for fast connection to multiple students working on assignments and their subjects. Tutoring Services is located at 2071 Cedar Hall. Any student can come in and use the facilities and get walk in tutoring or sign up for private tutoring at the front desk. The study rooms are open for use on a drop in basis, while the center is open from Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about tutoring at the college and see what tutoring is available at certain times go to.

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