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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

1. Where is the Learning Enrichment Center located?
2. What are the hours of operation for Learning Enrichment Center?
3. Why do I need to sign in and out every time?
4. Does Learning Enrichment sell USB drives?
5. What should I do if I have a problem with a tutor or specialist?
6. Can the Learning Enrichment Center help me if I have a learning disability?

Tutoring

1.What subjects are tutored?
2. Are tutors available in all subjects all the time?
3. Why won't my tutor write corrections on my paper?
4. Why can't I drop off my homework to be graded?
5. What if Learning Enrichment Center Academic doesn't offer tutoring in the subject(s) I need?
6. Are study groups available?
7. Can I set up an appointment for tutoring?
8. How long will my tutoring session last?

 

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

1. What is an SI Leader?
2. How does it work?
3. Why should I participate?
4. How will I know if SI is offered in my class?
5. When do sessions start?

General Information

1. Where is the Learning Enrichment Center located?

It's on the second floor of Student Union, rooms 2.10 and 2.16 (SUNI 2.10, 2.16).

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2. What are the hours of operation for Learning Enrichment Center?

During fall and spring semesters:

  • We are open for walk-in assistance Mondays through Thursdays from  8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Appointments for Friday afternoons, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. may be scheduled with a learning instructional specialist.
  • We are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

During the summer sessions:

  • We are open for walk-in assistance Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • We are open on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • We are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

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3. Why do I need to sign in and out every time?

Signing in and out each time you enter an LEC lab is important because it helps us justify the need for more services such as computers, space, and staff.

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4. Does Learning Enrichment Center sell USB drives?

No. Learning Enrichment Center recommends visiting the bookstore to purchase a jump drive, also known as a removable drive or USB drive. These devices work in any computer on campus and have plenty of memory to save multiple school assignments or projects.

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5. What should I do if I have a problem with a tutor or specialist?

If the problem you are having is with a tutor, inform the Co-Directors of Learning Enrichment, Dr. Leslie Jones or Dr. Arlene Ready (visit them at SUNI 2.10C, or email them at leslie.jones@utb.edu or arlene.ready@utb.edu or call (956) 882-7057 or (956) 882-7059 to schedule an appointment).

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6. Can Learning Enrichment Center help me if I have a learning disability?

Yes. We will be glad to help you just like any other student to the best of our ability. The same policies apply as far as time limit of a tutoring session and what we can and cannot do. We are able to offer tutoring, but we cannot serve as a scribe. A scribe can be obtained through the Office of Disability Services, located at the Lightner Center, near the library. Contact Steve Wilder at (956) 882-7374 or steve.wilder@utb.edu. If a scribe or interpreter is needed, he/she must accompany the student to the tutoring session.

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Tutoring

1. What subjects are tutored?

A variety of different subjects are tutored in the Learning Enrichment Center. Tutoring for math, reading and writing is available every semester. See the reception desk in SUNI 2.10 for a current tutor schedule.

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2. Are tutors available in all subjects all the time?

No, tutors are available as their schedules allow. Most of our tutors are peer tutors, so they may be in class, have meetings or other obligations. To guarantee time with a particular tutor, we encourage you to make appointments. Subject-areas tutored vary by semester. Call the reception desk at (956) 882-8208 to find out which subjects are currently tutored.

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3. Why won't my tutor write corrections on my paper?

Tutors are here to help you become independent learners while maintaining academic integrity. By evaluating our suggestions, deciding what changes you would like to make, and writing on your paper yourself, you take ownership of your work and evolve as an independent learner.

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4. Why can't I drop off my homework to be graded?

Our goal is to help you become a better student. Dropping off assignments will prevent us from making suggestions that can help in future assignments.

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5. What if the Learning Enrichment Center doesn't offer tutoring in the subject(s) I need?

Let a specialist know. We may be able to recruit tutors in needed areas.

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6. Are study groups available?

Yes, study groups are available. If you would like to start a study group, let a tutor or specialist know, and we will be happy to accommodate you and your group.

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7. Can I set up an appointment for tutoring?

Yes, see the respective lab for available times.

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8. How long will my tutoring session last?

Tutoring sessions should last no longer than 30 minutes. This allows tutors to be fresh for all students and also gives students the opportunity to develop more focused questions. Students need to come prepared to ask questions to get the most benefit out of the session.

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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

1. What is an SI Leader?
Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? That's impossible, but you can come close in SI.

SI Leaders are selected from students who have previously taken the course and done well. They know the course content and are anxious to help guide you through it while sharing what they have learned about how to study. They'll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they won't do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together into some kind of perspective during SI review sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.

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2. How does it work?
At each session you will be guided through course concepts by your SI Leader, a competent student who has been trained in group facilitation techniques. Rather than re-lecture or do "last minute" cramming for a test or exam, your leader will help you make good use of your study time by sharing the strategies he/she used to be successful in the course.

Since you have to study anyway, you might as well do it with friends so that you can share your knowledge and figure things out together, right? An SI session is a place where you can comfortably voice your questions and concerns and get answers.

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3.Why should I participate?


If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you'll earn a better grade. Research shows that students who attend SI sessions regularly average one half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who choose not to attend, so attending SI could mean the difference between failing and passing. SI targets difficult courses to help give everyone enrolled in that course a chance to be better prepared throughout the semester. The graph on the right shows comparison data for UTB SI and non-SI participants in spring 2010.

Academic Performance of SI and Non-SI Participants
Spring 2010

Si Course GPA

In addition to helping you get a better grade, the skills you develop in SI provide a 'competitive edge' for future classes. The review methods and study strategies you learn while attending SI are fully transferable to other classes. SI also helps you to develop coping skills to adjust to university life. Hopefully, you'll also make a few new friends who will probably be in some of your future classes!

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4. How will I know if SI is offered in my class?
On the first class day, SI Leaders introduce themselves and briefly describe the program, but even if your class doesn't have an assigned SI Leader, you are welcome to attend SI sessions for the same course offered through a different class. To find out which courses are assigned SI Leaders, call the SI Coordinator at 882-6589 for the most up-to-date information.

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5. When do sessions start?
SI sessions start the first or second week of classes. The only thing the SI Leader is waiting for is knowing when you're available.

On the first day of class, your SI Leader will make an announcement about SI and ask you to fill out a survey for your schedule. The SI Leader will use the results to set up three or more review sessions a week at times that are best for the majority of the class. You can attend one, two, or all three sessions. And each one will be different because you'll have new material to discuss.

Remember, the secret of success is to study proactively! Don't wait until the night before the test!! Since you have to study anyway, why not come to SI and make efficient use of your study time? Your SI Leader will keep you informed about the times and locations for sessions.

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