Luther has plenty of on campus resources that are available to students. The best part is that many of them are free!
This week, I thought I'd talk about the tutoring that is available to all students through the Student Academic Support Center (SASC).
Students that already took a course and received a good grade in it are trained by SASC to tutor other students that are currently taking that course. There are tutors available for many of the 100-level classes that Luther offers, like MATH-110. That's the class that I requested a tutor for—Math in Our World.
You can request a tutor by going here and filling out the form! It's super easy to do, even if the thought of getting a tutor is a little nerve wracking at first. You should get matched with a tutor for the class that you have requested in a few days, if there's one available. Otherwise, it may be a bit longer.
I requested a tutor for math at the beginning of the semester, since I was pretty sure I would need the extra help. I'm definitely glad that I did! I got matched with my tutor within a few days of submitting my request. My tutor is super cool and nice, even when I feel really stupid for not understanding a concept or something that's probably quite simple to most. So, that's much appreciated—especially since math has never been my forte.
We meet once a week for half an hour, and each session is definitely geared towards what you want to do—and what you think you need help with understanding. I email my tutor a few days before we meet every week with some concepts or sections of the chapter that I'm not understanding and having some trouble with, then she has time to look over that specific section before we meet. Then, we delve into that specific concept or idea that I'm struggling with during our session.
What I find to be helpful, especially with math tutoring, is that the pace is more individualized—so I feel like I have more of an opportunity to grasp concepts at my own speed. (Which with math, is quite slow, generally). Plus, I like the one-on-one aspect, too. I'm more likely to ask my tutor many questions in a half hour session than I am to speak up in class in front of everybody.
Even though it's only for a half an hour each week, tutoring has helped me quite a lot this semester. I know I would've been much less successful in the class up to this point if I didn't get the extra help, especially since this is the first math class I've taken since my junior year of high school!