Tutoring services available during 'Dead Week'
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's "Dead Week" begins Monday, April 29, giving students one last week to prepare for final exams.
Saturday classes will begin testing Saturday, May 4, while Monday, May 6, marks the beginning of finals for most students. This week is a vital time for research, studying and writing. There are a number of services on campus including the Student Resource Center in the Memorial Student Center, the Writing Center located in the Drinko Library, and the Tutoring Center in Laidley Hall. Students may want to choose this week to set up a tutoring session.
"We offer tutoring in specific subject areas," said Patricia Gallagher, coordinator of Tutoring Services at Marshall. "We try to cover the subject areas taken by most undergraduate students such as math, the sciences and business. If students need to look at a specific course they may want to see if it's one that we cover."
Gallagher said the Tutoring Center can help students with studying skills in general.
The Tutoring Center employs 35-40 student tutors a semester. Tutors are required to be fulltime Marshall students with a 3.0 GPA and an A or B grade in the course that they are tutoring. The Tutoring Center serves 75-100 a week.
"We have a website where students can get information about tutoring and there's a specific link where students can register themselves and request tutoring or they can walk in and request help," Gallagher said. "It is always better to plan ahead and not to wait until the day before the test to see if there is a tutor available. As we are getting close to finals it's better to ask for help now and not wait until right before the exam.
"It is always best to have a plan and a method for studying," Gallagher said. "If you have, say four finals, and know the dates of them, work backwards from that and make a schedule. Don't try to frantically get everything in your brain in one sitting the night before. Too often students wait until the last minute. Also be sure to keep up on your readings and note taking throughout the semester. I would suggest before the fall semester starts out students may want to form a plan. If they need help doing that they can go to the Student Resource Center."
The Tutoring Center is located in Laidley Hall. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can request tutoring at other times by appointment. For more information, call 304-696-7041 or go online at http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/uc/tutoring-services.
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