The Learning Curve

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Extended Hours - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Freshmen only:

The Learning Curve is a component of the Division of Academic Enhancement at Prairie View A&M University! Our services are available to all undergraduate students enrolled for credit in targeted PVAMU courses.

What we do
Need help mastering mathematics? Looking for some assistance in making sure your research paper is just right? Look no further than the Learning Curve. Located in the John B. Coleman Library in Room 307F, the Center offers help for:

  • Mathematics (Basic Math - Calculus II)
  • Microeconomics, Macroeconomics
  • History, Government
  • Psychology, Sociology
  • English (Basics - Freshman Comp II), Speech
  • Spanish I&II
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Services Offered

  • Study groups, small group tutoring
  • Structured study groups; structured learning
  • Time management, survival strategies, studying tips
  • Note taking and organization techniques
  • Mid-term/Final Exam review sessions
  • TSI Assessment Exam Workshops
  • HESI Exam Workshops
  • Tutoring by Appointment (Freshmen Only)

The mission of the Learning Curve is to provide a solid foundation that enables students to become confident, capable, independent learners. Competent and caring faculty, tutors and staff guide students in identifying, acquiring, and enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to reach their desired goals,in a safe and encouraging learning environment.

Mission Statement

  1. Provide tutoring for a variety of courses, as needed, in all academic areas.
  2. Coordinate with faculty members to provide supplemental and/or structured learning experiences to support classroom instruction.
  3. Organize study groups to enable students to work together to achieve academic goals.
  4. Identify potential student peer tutors who may provide tutorial support for courses not currently being served.
  5. Identify and implement additional services that may support students’ academic success, based on both expressed and demonstrated needs.

The Center has two locations in the John B. Coleman Library.

Room 209 is open:
Monday - Thursday from 5 pm - 9 pm

Room 307F is open:
Monday through Thursday from 10 am - 9 pm
Friday from 8 am - 3 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 6 pm - 10 pm

For more information, call (936) 261-1561 or e-mail us at AEtutoring@pvamu.edu

How much does tutoring cost?
The Learning Curve offers its tutoring services to Prairie View A&M students free of charge.

Is tutoring only for freshmen?
Tutoring is for ANY PVAMU student in need of assistance with classes they are enrolled in.

Are there special rules for Athletes?
Athletes must sign an agreement with the tutoring center AND they must have their ID swiped through Grades First to meet compliance requirements mandated by the NCAA.

What subjects are offered?
Courses tutored are subject to change each semester, based on enrollment. However, most math & science courses are offered each semester; those most freshmen & sophomore level students have difficulty with. (Please refer to the tutoring schedule each semester for a list of courses tutored. This schedule will be available on our website and will reflect real-time updates as courses, days/times of tutoring and peer tutors schedules are subject to change).

When can I come to tutoring?
Normal business hours are as follows:
2nd Floor: M-TH 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
3rd Floor: M-TH 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Who will be my tutor?
Tutoring is offered on a first come, first serve basis. The course you desire tutoring determines who your tutor is. A list of peer tutors and the courses they tutor are available on the website.

What are the qualifications of the peer tutors?
The tutors have a GPA of 3.2 or better. They have received A’s and/or B’s in the courses they tutor. Furthermore, they are trained each semester to remain abreast of the best tutoring practices and strategies as it relates to peer tutoring.

What is my time limit with my tutor?
There is no specified time limit; however, there is a possibility you will share the tutor you are assigned to with other students.

What should I bring to tutoring?
Class notes, text book, computer (if assignments are online), and any other relevant materials.

Are computers available for student use?
Students are allowed to checkout laptops for online homework assignments or to check assignments in eCourse. Laptops cannot be removed from the Learning Curve.

Are print stations available for students?
No, printing is not a service provided by the Learning curve; however the library has printers on the 1st and 2nd floor available for student use.

Are study groups allowed?
Absolutely! If the project room is needed for your study group, please check in with the front desk staff.

Is there work space available for group projects?
Yes, we have a full functioning project room with projector and sound capability. For project materials (poster board, stencils, laminator, binder, etc.) please see the front desk staff.

What should I bring to my first tutoring session?
You are expected to come with any books, pencils, notes, calculators you need for completing your course work. Our tutors are not here to teach you new material, but to help you work through confusing material; therefore you should have attempted your homework and attended class before you come to your session.

I have a learning disability. Do you offer any services for me?
Yes, you are offered the same tutoring privileges as all students on campus. Students with documented disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office of Disability Services and notify the tutoring center of any accommodations recommended by this office. We will provide reasonable accommodations for your disability.

What are the qualifications of your tutors?
The Tutoring Center’s tutors are peer undergraduate students who made A’s or B’s in courses they tutor. Their overall GPA’s are at least 3.0, but most have GPA’s that are much higher.

How can I become a tutor?
Find out more here!

Occasionally, weather conditions or other situations arise in which the decision whether to hold tutoring sessions is questionable. Students should be advised of the following policies in effect: If the University cancels classes, all tutoring programs will also be canceled during that time frame. If the University does not cancel classes but operates under the Adverse Weather Policy, tutoring sessions are assumed to run according to the normal schedule. However, individual tutors may opt to cancel their sessions if they feel conditions will pose a risk to their safety or the safety of the students. If you are uncertain whether the tutoring center is open due to adverse weather, you may call the Tutoring Center at (936) 261-1561 or email aetutoring@pvamu.edu

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