Biology study center offers tutoring, hands-on tools

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Nursing sophomore Jessica Woodward inspects a model heart to learn the structures at the BioSpot in Room 350 of Chance.  Photo by Vincent Reyna

Nursing sophomore Jessica Woodward inspects a model heart to learn the structures at the BioSpot in Room 350 of Chance. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Education sophomore Danielle Caballero tends the BioSpot desk. Caballero helps issue books for check-out, changes the coffeepot and helps students with the computers.  Photo by Vincent Reyna

Education sophomore Danielle Caballero tends the BioSpot desk. Caballero helps issue books for check-out, changes the coffeepot and helps students with the computers. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Students can ace science or nursing courses with help from the Biospot.

By Hillary E. Ratcliff

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

For some students, biological sciences come easy, but for those who need support, there is a service available on this campus.

The Biospot in Room 350 of Chance Academic Center is the tutoring center geared toward biology and nursing students.

The amenities range from help with classwork to somewhere quiet to study.

There are study rooms available to single students and groups and open space to receive help from classmates or professors.

A model eyeball is one of many tools for students in the BioSpot.  Photo by Vincent Reyna

A model eyeball is one of many tools for students in the BioSpot. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Several professors hold office hours in the Biospot to offer outside classroom assistance.

At times, professors are known to hold study sessions for their courses.

Outside of offering another quiet place on campus to study, students have access to material that can be checked out, such as textbooks.

For the more hands-on and visual students, there’s a wide range of biology models, from the chest cavity to the human heart.

Nursing sophomore Areli Altamirano practices sign language at the BioSpot Wednesday in Room 350 of Chance. Altamirano reviewed the different signs for greetings, shapes, colors, ABCs and commands.  Photo by Vincent Reyna

Nursing sophomore Areli Altamirano practices sign language at the BioSpot Wednesday in Room 350 of Chance. Altamirano reviewed the different signs for greetings, shapes, colors, ABCs and commands. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Students can use these models to gain understanding of two-dimensional images in textbooks.

There are also microscopes and slides for observing samples outside of classroom lab times.

Technology includes a general computer lab, copier and printer. Students can use the Internet to access ACES, Canvas and other programs.

The center offers printing for papers or course materials.

The Biospot can be an aid, especially to students taking an online science course and needing somewhere to access material and receive help.

Pre-nursing sophomore Jeremy Gonzales uses his camera to copy notes for BIOL 2402, Anatomy and Physiology II, in the BioSpot. Gonzales uses an app called CamScanner to convert the photo into a PDF file.  Photo by Vincent Reyna

Pre-nursing sophomore Jeremy Gonzales uses his camera to copy notes for BIOL 2402, Anatomy and Physiology II, in the BioSpot. Gonzales uses an app called CamScanner to convert the photo into a PDF file. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Beyond helping students ace their science and nursing courses, theBiospot offers free coffee every morning and a microwave for students.

The Biospot is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, Call 210-486-0860.

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