All Santa Ana College students are invited to investigate the Tutorial Learning Center, where FREE tutoring is offered in a variety of subject areas. At the Center, where many part-time tutors are employed, the primary goal is to help students improve their classroom performance.
Tutors offer help in a variety of ways. Among other things, they explain difficult concepts or information in a course; go over methods for studying a course; give suggestions on how to study the text; review the course outline and objectives of a course; and point out major topics and concepts in the course which are important in understanding the subject. Tutoring sessions at Santa Ana College may be conducted in either a one-to-one or group setting. Exam reviews are held prior to major tests in some subjects.
Whether a student needs minor clarification - or major assistance - the Center is a user-friendly place to visit. Some might be surprised to learn that the majority of students who use the Center are in very good academic standing. During the Spring 2009 semester, 36% of those tutored in the Center had a cumulative grade point average of over 3.0. Sixty-four percent (64%) had cumulative grade point averages above 2.5.
Faculty support of the tutoring program is very strong. Many professors encourage their students to utilize the Center’s services. In fact, all tutors are referred by SAC faculty (or approved by SAC faculty) prior to their being hired. Likewise, tutors who do not hold a bachelor’s degree or higher complete a tutor training course before working with students.
The Center offers students the opportunity to explore topics more completely, have their individual questions answered more thoroughly, and provides an environment where practice and review are encouraged. Again, there is no charge for tutoring, as long as students are enrolled through RSCCD in the course(s) for which tutoring is sought.