Free one-on-one Tutoring Services offered to all students at MSC Southeast
"There's nothing better than seeing the light come on and then seeing their confidence grow"
Every October, colleges and universities across the country celebrate National Tutoring Week with a week of appreciation for tutors and the students they help. "This year we are celebrating not only the great tutoring that happens face-to-face on campus, but also the wonderful, impactful tutoring we are able to provide online," said Academic Success Coordinator Kate Parsi.
In early October, tutors were honored with gift bags featuring an array of "MSC Southeast Swag," donated by MSC Southeast Foundation, Enrollment Services, and the Marketing Department.
"Our tutors strive to motivate students to better understand the material outside of the classroom. Many students find it difficult to make the initial appointment with a tutor due to the stigma of asking for help," said Kate Parsi. "At MSC Southeast, we want to make 'tutoring the normal thing to do,' and we can't wait until our students meet our tutors!"
Students may sign up for tutoring using the online scheduling system. Tutoring can be conducted either in person or virtually over zoom depending upon topic and/or tutor preference.
"I can easily say without the help of MSC Southeast tutors, I would not have gotten this far in school," said one current student.
Another student said, "I was really nervous about tutoring through Zoom, but I have now made several appointments and I am doing well in my math class -- thanks!"
MSC Southeast tutors are patient, hard-working, understanding and committed to the academic success of their students. They model good study habits and share college success tips that students can take away from a session and apply on their own when working independently.
Kate Parsi explained that tutors not only to assist with a certain problem or project, at the end of a great tutoring session, the student should leave feeling better about what THEY now know, not how much the tutor knows.
"Being an effective tutor is much more than being smart or being really good in certain academic subjects," she said. "A tutor is a role model and someone who can help the student discover what they are capable of and help them discover that they too can achieve great academic success."
One of the college's professional tutors said, "Tutoring means to me being there for the students -- whether it is weekly appointments to keep up in a difficult class, explaining a homework question they are stuck on, helping study for a test or proofreading a scholarship application. It also is celebrating with the students as they achieve their goals big and small and being there to congratulate them on graduation day."
"As a tutor, I enjoy restarting a paper, project, or problem with a student to help them figure out a new way of approaching the task, said a MSC Southeast peer tutor. "There's nothing better than seeing the light come on and then seeing their confidence grow."
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Above: A Peer Tutor shows off her gift bag, given in appreciation during National Tutoring Week in October.
Below: Professional tutor Arne Duseth is a familiar face at The Roost on the Winona campus.