An unsung service that assists students with accounting, math and writing


Tutorial services in Coleman library have gone a little under the radar since its relocation a year ago, making it difficult for students to take advantage of the services offered.

The Undergraduate Student Success Center is offering "after hours" tutorial services in Coleman library in a variety of subjects, but specifically in math, accounting and writing.

Tamaria Williams, director of developmental studies and access and opportunity and interim director of academic excellence within the Undergraduate Student Success Center, said the primary objective of the tutorials is apparent.

"Our goal is to have students enroll in classes, gain an understanding of the course content and progress to graduation in four years; using academic support resources such as the learning centers will allow students to be more successful," said Williams.

However, despite the intent, the most significant issue is how the services are being publicized to the student body and recruiting faculty to assist in informing students about the services being provided. 

"Some students are utilizing the resources. It helps tremendously when we have faculty encouraging their students to utilize the resources in Coleman, at the other learning centers around campus and online at," said Williams.

Williams said that there were signs posted around campus and in the library to publicize the new location, but that doesn't seem to be good enough to increase attendance.

Kendra Mitchell has worked with the writing lab since 2004, and has experience as an administrator and curriculum coordinator in the writing center. She is no stranger to ensuring student success is at the top of her to-do list.

Mitchell said that the main problem with the service is the outreach method to make students more aware.

"I feel like there is a lot of disconnect because the students that may need the majority of the help are struggling unnecessarily on other floors in the library," said Mitchell. "Students think that writing tutors are only for ENG 1101 and 1102 classes, but that is not the case. We can help you with your presentation, and we can help you with your resume."

The extent of the sessions go as far as assisting students even with presentation pointers in regards to organization and graphics, so they can fine-tune their entire package.

Jatericka Connelly, a senior English education major, has been tutoring since the spring semester of her sophomore year and she spoke on the passion she has for English and encouraging students to think outside the box and acquire a sincere appreciation for writing.

"People don't necessarily see the value in English or the value in getting writing help sometimes. They see the value in becoming a doctor and math and science, but the sad thing is there are many geniuses that don't make it because they lack a general communication and social skills," said Connelly.  "If you don't know how to express yourself and get things down on paper and make a logical expression of your work or publish your work, nobody will know about your work."

The tutoring services are offered Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. on the fourth floor in room 403, the African American Collection, in the very back.