The need for help: tutoring centers on campus

On Eastern Kentucky University’s campus, students are utilizing many tutoring services provided by the university. With the end of the semester fast approaching, more students are seeking help with their classes and final projects.

One center that offers help to students is the Noel Studio, located in the Crabbe Library. Opened in 2011, the studio offers help with writing and communication assignments such as speeches and essays.

“We are helping students develop and improve their writing and communication projects and practices,” said Clint Stivers, assistant director of the Noel Studio.

The sessions, or consultations, are one hour meetings with a consultant in a one-on-one or group setting.

This semester the studio has 60 trained consultants that partake in a three-day training before the semester begins. Throughout the semester, the consultants are trained weekly to better help students.

According to Stivers, the studio has seen well over 2,000 students this year. With finals approaching, the number is expected to rise.

“We are anticipating to see close to 4,000 students, which is pre-pandemic numbers,” said Stivers.

The Noel Studio sees around 50–60 students daily. Of these students, about half are required by their professors to schedule consultations.

The Noel Studio is open weekly, in-person or online, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. From 5 p.m.-9 p.m. sessions are online only. Friday, the studio is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for online and in-person sessions.

Another place to receive tutoring is the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center is located on the first floor of the Crabbe Library. Opened in January 2016, the Student Success Center offers free tutoring and workshops for all students.

The Student Success Center offers tutoring services for over 200 classes.

“We do things from English classes to homeland security, vet sciences. Almost everything,” said Ashley Sweat, director of the Student Success Center.

Sweat became the director of the Student Success Center in August 2021. Before taking the position, Sweat worked closely with Lara Vance, the dean of students and previous director of the Student Success Center. Sweat worked closely with students before becoming the director, and the director position brought all of her loves together.

Freshman classes such as GSD 101 require students to visit the Student Success Center so they can become acquainted with the center. This allows students to know where the Center is, along with how the Center runs.

The Student Success Center sees a couple of hundred students weekly. According to Sweat, 95% of students visit the center voluntarily.

“We have a lot of people who come multiple times. We call them our repeaters, which I love,” Sweat said.

Sweat also said that the Student Success Center has a group of students that are required to do tutoring hours, and those students choose to fulfill those hours in the Student Success Center.

The Student Success Center sees most of their daily sessions during the middle afternoon hours. Throughout the semester, the busiest times for the Student Success Center is around midterm and finals week.

The Student Success Center is open Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday they are open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Friday the center is open from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Walk-in tutoring sessions are available , or students can make an appointment online.

To find more information or to schedule a consultation with the Noel Studio, visit studio.eku.edu. To find more information or to schedule a session with the Student Success Center, visit success center.eku.edu. Walk-in sessions are welcomed.

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