Where is the Tutorial and Enrichment Center?

The Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center (TEC) is located in the Mack Gipson, Jr., building, across the driveway from Haygood-Holsey. It is a one-story building on the other side of the fence. You will see our sign on the building and a bench next to our entrance door. Parking is limited, so we advise walking over.

What kind of training do the TEC tutors receive?

Since 1992, the Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center has been certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), an international organization that has developed guidelines for strong and effective tutoring programs. That certification allows the TEC to train its tutors in a variety of areas (tutoring techniques, communication, learning styles, study skills, questioning, cultural awareness, and so on) so that the tutors can receive certification at three levels. The TEC requires all of its tutors to participate in this tutor training program each semester they are employed by the TEC. For more information about CRLA certification, follow this link to the CRLA website: http://www.crla.net/ittpc/certification_requirements.htm

What services does the TEC provide for instructors?

  • The TEC accepts referrals from instructors for Paine College students who may need specific help with basic skills or curricular concerns. Instructors who follow the “Early Alert System” procedures outlined elsewhere when making a referral to the TEC should specify on that referral form that the request is for TEC tutoring. Instructors should also download and submit a TEC referral form to the Director of the TEC in order to provide more specific information about the student’s needs. If the needs are complex and/or unique, instructors are strongly encouraged to discuss the needs with Carole Overton, the Director of the Tutorial and Enrichment Center (coverton@paine.edu or 706-821-8250), prior to submitting the referral. The TEC will send the referring instructor periodic feedback reports during the semester.
  • Paine College instructors may request presentation of TEC workshops in their classes. Instructors can access the workshop request packet which includes a list of topics currently available and directions for scheduling a presentation. Instructors may request the modification of current topics or development of new presentations to fit their instructional plans. Instructors are invited to contact Carole Overton, the Director of the Tutorial and Enrichment Center (coverton@paine.edu or 706-821-8250), for more information about the workshops or to discuss special requests.
  • A representative from the TEC can visit classes at the instructor’s request to give a short presentation about the TEC’s services. Contact Carole Overton, the Director of the Tutorial and Enrichment Center (coverton@paine.edu or 706-821-8250), to schedule a visit.
  • Paine College instructors are eligible for tutoring in the TEC. TEC tutors can help instructors master computer skills, for example. The Professional Writing Tutors can consult with instructors on the development of instructional plans and can help instructors understand the special needs of their students.
  • Instructors can access some of the TEC’s most popular handouts from the Paine College website. In some cases, the TEC can provide instructional materials, handouts, or workshop presentations to help Paine College instructors carry out their instructional plans.

In what subject areas can students get tutored?

It is the goal of the TEC to provide tutoring in any course taught on campus, limited only by the strengths and depth of skills of our tutors. We also work with students on research paper skills, study skills, and computer skills. The TEC tutors may also be able to provide help with résumés, applications, letters, and just about any other task that students need to address. In short, we try to meet the needs of all Paine students who walk through our doors.

When is the Center open?

The Center is open for normal service during all academic terms. Fall and Spring Semester hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tutoring is available during Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Session. Limited services may be available at other times of the year; students who might need assistance when classes are not in session should call the Center to see if arrangements can be made.

Does it cost anything to see a tutor?

No. All services provided by the TEC, including tutoring, are provided free of charge to all Paine College students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Who is eligible for tutoring?

Any student enrolled in classes at Paine College is eligible for our services, as are members of Paine’s faculty, staff, and administration. The staff of the Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center regrets that we are not able to fill requests for tutoring from people from the community at large.

How do students sign up for tutoring?

Students should come to the TEC, located in the Gipson building across the driveway from Haygood-Holsey Hall, to sign up for tutoring. A member of our staff will talk to the students about their needs, review their class schedules to locate openings, and set up convenient appointments. The whole process usually takes about ten minutes. Students may request tutoring in one or more subjects as often as needed. Students have the best chance of getting the appointment times that they desire if they come to sign up at the start of the semester. We can set up appointments at any time, but as the semester goes on our time slots may get filled, leaving fewer options for new appointments.

How often can students come for tutoring?

Students may sign up to be tutored for the entire semester, for one session only, or for drop-in sessions as needed. Most students find that coming for tutoring for one hour twice a week provides the best results. However, tutoring schedules are designed to meet the needs of the individual student.

Can a student get tutoring without signing up for the whole semester?

Yes. Sometimes students need help with a single assignment, not an entire course. The Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center can set up drop-in sessions for students in that situation, or can set up a series of drop-in appointments if a little more time is needed. The benefit of signing up for the entire semester is that the student will be working with the same tutor for the entire semester. Drop-in students may not always be able to meet with the same tutor each time.

How are the tutoring sessions conducted – individually or in a group?

Most of our tutoring sessions are conducted one-on-one: one tutor working with only one student. Our building was purposely designed to allow for private tutoring sessions. The tutors meet with their students in separate tutoring rooms that are well-lit and outfitted specifically for tutoring. Among other resources, each tutoring room has a whiteboard to enhance the exchange of information between tutor and student. Although we can accommodate small groups of students who request being tutored at the same time, we prefer to help each student individually in order to best meet the student’s needs.

What do students have to bring when they come into the TEC for tutoring or for any other purpose?

Each student must bring his or her valid Paine College student ID card so that he or she can sign in. Our sign-in computer requires each student to swipe the ID card in order to sign in to get tutored, to use the computers, to use the AV equipment – in short, to receive any TEC services. Students should also bring all of the supplies they need in order to accomplish their task – that includes textbooks, paper, pens and pencils, calculators, and whatever else they may need in order to do the work they want to accomplish in the TEC. In addition, students should bring the following:
  • An open mind and a positive attitude.
  • A copy of the assignment. If the teacher did not type up the assignment, then bring the class notes taken when the teacher gave the assignment in class.
  • Any drafts, notes, reading materials, textbooks, and handouts that relate to the assignment.
  • A list of questions about the assignment.
  • All attempts made to begin the assignment.
  • A flash drive to save the work if the computer is used during the tutoring session.

When students go to the TEC for tutoring, what does the TEC expect of them?

The TEC wants to help all students become successful students, and we know that success begins with being prepared. Our tutors want to help students reach their goals, but students have to help themselves, as well. Therefore, we want students to come to tutoring prepared to work. Before and between tutoring sessions, students should attend class and take good notes, read the assigned section(s) of the textbook before trying the homework, try all of the homework problems/questions and write down any questions or problems that they want to discuss with the tutor, complete all assignments on time and be able to explain them, develop and follow a study schedule, and attempt to use the tutor’s suggestions for improving work and study habits. Students should be prepared to actively participate in each session. They should feel free to tell the tutor if they still do not understand a concept or procedure even after an explanation. Students should also be comfortable enough to tell their tutors that the tutors are moving too quickly or to request more clarification or a different type of explanation.

Will the student’s instructors know that the student is being tutored?

The TEC maintains the confidentiality of its students and will not discuss a student’s situation with an instructor without that student’s permission. The only exception to this policy is in the case of a student who has been referred by an instructor, advisor, or administrator. In that case, the Director must provide reports about the student’s participation in tutoring to the referral source on a regular basis.

Can students get help in more than one course each semester?

Certainly! Many students receive tutoring in two or more subject areas each semester. There is no limit, as long as we have tutors who can handle those requests at times when the students want to come in.

Can students get help with study skills?

Yes. The TEC helps students with time management plans, study strategies, and test-taking skills. We also have many handouts and booklets on those topics which we provide free of charge. Additionally, we have a number of videos that may help students improve a variety of study skills. Several helpful handouts are available elsewhere in this website.

If a student is in Student Support Services (SSS), can he or she also come to the Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center for tutoring?

Absolutely! All Paine College students are welcome in the TEC. Individuals in Student Support Services can come for tutoring in the TEC as long as they also attend their required SSS tutoring sessions.

Can students get help with a research paper?

Yes. Many students come to the TEC each semester just for help with research papers. Our staff can show them the steps in writing a research paper, all the way from choosing a topic to gathering/evaluating sources to formatting the final draft. We can also give students handouts that we have developed to explain the research paper process and provide specific examples. We can help students with all of the research style formats they may need to use. (The MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles are used most frequently here at Paine.) Students should bring all sources, notes, and drafts when they come for help with their research papers so that questions may be answered as they arise. They should also bring a flash drive so they can save any work that is done on the computer during these tutoring sessions.

Can someone help students edit their essays and research papers?

Yes, we can help students edit their papers, but the emphasis is on the words “help students edit.” Students may make appointments to see one of the tutors who are designated to help with editing. The students must attend the tutoring session and participate in the editing process with the tutor. We do not edit papers that are dropped off to us – the student must be present so that clarification of ideas can be discussed and so that the student learns some editing skills that he/she can use when writing the next paper. It is common for editing to take more than one session if a paper is more than just a few paragraphs long; students may make as many sessions as needed until the entire paper has been reviewed.

Can the TEC tutors help students format their assignments on the computer?

Certainly! Students should bring in their assignment on a flash drive (preferred) so they can format their paper as the tutor shows them how to add headers and footers, adjust margins, develop a title page, create hanging indents for citations and references, or apply any other formatting the assignment may require. TEC tutors can also help students learn how to use special features such as MSWord Tables or Drawing tools that may be useful in preparing the paper.

Can students receive help with basic computer skills?

Absolutely! Many students come to the Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center to learn about e-mail; improve their Internet skills; learn how to use particular software such as PowerPoint, Excel, or Publisher; or learn more advanced skills for the software they are familiar with. We can also help students improve their word processing skills by showing them more efficient ways to accomplish an action. If students want to learn how to do something with the computer, they can ask if a TEC tutor can help them. We may not know all of the answers for all of software packages, but we can usually help students complete their assignments and improve their skills in the process.

Can students get help with editing essays for graduate school applications?

Yes. We help students brainstorm for and edit essays written for many purposes. However, we are not an editing service, so students must make appointments to get help with editing. We will not read a paper that is left off for us – the student must be with us when we look at any papers, letters, applications, etc., that he/she wants help with. We can also help students prepare résumés, write business letters, prepare or practice for presentations, and many other tasks. Students should feel free to ask us if we can help – we usually can!

Can students get help with preparing an oral presentation for class?

Certainly! Whether the students will deliver their presentation by themselves or as part of a group, the TEC can give them tips on writing and delivering the presentation, developing and using visual aids effectively, and fielding questions from the audience. We can also help them develop effective PowerPoint presentations with hands-on lessons at the computer.

The TEC has 16 Internet-accessible computers. What other tools can students use in the Center?

Many students come to the Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center to use our electric typewriter, pencil sharpeners, and three-hole punch. We also have calculators, a TV with DVD and VCR players, cassette players, paper cutter, and staplers that students may use. All of these items must be used in the Center only – students may not take them out of the building.