Campus resources help students stay ahead

Lifestyle Reporter

With the spring semester in full swing, students all over campus are transitioning from the relaxation of winter break to the rigor of classes, with many searching for campus resources to help them in their academic efforts. 

The majority of these resources is covered by student fees and requires no additional cost, which makes excelling during the academic year easier.

The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC), a tutoring center located on the fourth floor of Alkek library that covers subjects such as math, science, business and writing, is a popular resource available to students

SLAC also offers Supplemental Instruction sessions for designated classes, which gives students the ability to receive additional help outside of their scheduled lecture times.

Zoe Simien, lab assistant, described SLAC as a family atmosphere.

“We get along with everyone that we work closely with every week,” Simien said. “It’s just a very friendly environment.”

Destiny McCoy, business management sophomore, said SLAC has helped her learn to balance schoolwork and study for exams.

“I go to SLAC sometimes just to review before an exam, and it always helps a lot,” McCoy said.

The Writing Center is an additional campus resource that assists students with research papers, constructing essays and preparing for the Punctuation, Usage and Grammar (P.U.G.) exam.

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of ASBN and provides one-on-one tutoring. Appointments can be scheduled online, and students can select the tutor of their preference.

Several workshops are hosted throughout the school year to help students improve in different areas of writing. Workshop schedules are listed online. Workshops are available to all students. The center reopens for the spring semester on Jan. 26.

Jada Washington, psychology sophomore, said the Writing Center helped improve her essay grades.

“While I was taking my freshman college writing classes I had a little trouble with writing essays, but after my professor recommended me to visit the Writing Center, my grades got much better,” Washington said.

Not all campus resources are solely meant to benefit students academically. Places such as Career Services function to help students explore employment opportunities. The Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (P.A.C.E) Center provides academic assistance and mentoring for freshmen.