Science Center

What can the tutors do for you?

The science tutors are available to help you:

  • Understand your homework assignments, lab reports, lecture and laboratory material
  • Understand what you missed on tests and homework
  • Develop organizational skills and strategies for understanding science problems

How to best utilize the Science Center

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  • Come Prepared. Try your assignment first on your own. Be sure to look at the examples in your book. When you come to the center to see a tutor, bring your book, assignment, pencils, eraser, paper, and a calculator (if needed).
  • Come see us at the first hint of trouble or confusion. Don't wait until the last minute. Visit a tutor as soon as you begin having difficulties with your science subject to stay on the path to academic success.
  • Have your questions ready before you sign up for a tutor so you can best utilize your time. For instance, mark the areas in your notes or in the textbook where you are having difficulties, making notes defining where you were stuck or confused.
  • Work with other students from your science class. Explaining a concept to someone else or discussing strategies, methods, and solutions with classmates is a great way to learn and review.
  • Practice on your own. For every hour in class, you should expect to spend 2 - 3 hours outside of class.
  • Science is a big picture, not a series of little steps. You have to spend some time thinking about what you just learned and fitting it in with what you already know. Science is a foreign language with a structure and vocabulary all its own.
  • Tutoring cannot substitute for going to class. Tutors are there to help you further understand the material but not to teach you the subject from scratch. If you do miss a class, read the material in your textbook before signing up for tutoring.

Hints for doing homework and lab reports

  • Try to keep your work neat. Just like an English paper, what you put on your paper is intended to convey information to a reader. You may be the reader if you use your homework or lab report for review. Errors often occur due to sloppy writing - minus signs are lost, numbers are misread. The result is the wrong answer.
  • Don't try to take shortcuts or do too much in your head. Write down each step. Remember, on a test you will not receive partial credit for what is in your head, only what is on the paper.
  • Learn to use your calculator correctly. Practice with problems where you know the answer. Carry your instructions with you for reference. Use parentheses generously. Learn to use the memory and storage functions.
  • Start early. Give yourself the chance to talk to your instructor or classmates or the Natural Science learning Center when problems arise.

Tutoring Etiquette

  • Each Student has an equal right to the tutor's time and assistance.
    • Each tutor has varying levels of science knowledge and may not be able to assist you with science topics in which they are not familiar.
    • Your instructor should be your first source of assistance.
  • Be considerate of other people studying in the Natural Science Learning Center (NSLC).
    • Talking should be at a level as not to disturb others in the NSLC.
    • The NSLC is not to be used as a place to socialize.
    • The purpose of the NSLC is to provide an environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Be considerate of the tutors.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your assignments are completed on time. If you wait until the last minute to complete your assignment, project, lab report or preparation for a quiz or exam, that is your problem, not the tutor's.

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