New Science Tutoring Lab Available to Students

The Science Tutoring Lab is now open for walk-in appointments in the Center for Student Learning. (Photo by Sarah Strickland)

The Science Tutoring Lab is now open for walk-in appointments in the Center for Student Learning. (Photo by Sarah Strickland)

The Center for Student Learning (CSL) opened the doors to its new tutoring Science Lab on Monday, Sept. 1.

Just like the labs that CSL has been running for years, such as the Writing, Math, and Foreign Language Lab, the Science Lab is focused on aiding students with their classes through one-on-one tutoring.

The Science Lab is a walk-in lab, which means that no appointment is required to receive help. Each tutor in the lab is a student who specializes in a different science. Classes covered range from Biology to Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, among others. The lab posts an online schedule of what each tutor’s specialty is and when he or she works.

The Center for Student Learning, where all walk in labs are found, is located in Addlestone Library. Arriving from the Calhoun Street entrance, turn right and head towards the computer stations. Straight ahead there will be a hallway with a sign reading “Center for Student Learning.”

Each lab has different hours, but most are open throughout the week with some hours on the weekends. The Science Lab is open 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

In years past, the CSL had an individual tutoring program for the sciences, where appointments were required in order to get help. This new lab will replace the science tutor program with a program more readily available to students.

Melissa Thomas, director of the Center for Student Learning, said that she always felt as though their science tutoring program was their “best kept secret.” It was an excellent resource, but harder to access than the other walk-in labs already in place; many students did not know that it was available. By opening this lab, they hope to “get the word out.”

College of Charleston has a history of being involved with the sciences. With the proximity to the Medical University of South Carolina, it’s logical that rigorous Biology and Chemistry programs developed. “Science courses are… difficult,” Thomas said. “(We’re hoping this lab) will show a public declaration of support to our students… We really want the students to be aware that we’re supporting them.”

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