SLAC lab offers free tutoring on 13 subjects

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Test proctoring is also available in the lab for making up missed tests.

By Travis Doyle

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Tutoring through the student learning assistance center is free for 13 subjects and is available by appointment.

“The students have no idea tutoring is free of charge. They really think they have to pay,” administrative services specialist Bertha Ovalle said in an interview Feb. 11.

The lab has 10 tutors available by appointment and 14 work-studies.

The work-studies help on a day-to-day basis by working at the front desk or answering general questions about the lab.

Total lab visits were at 20,730 in the fall by 3,320 students, and the most used service was access to the computers, academic Coordinator Geraldo Guerra said in an interview Feb. 22.

The services offered by the lab are free, except for printing which is paid for with a GoPrint account or with a GoPrint online account.

The lab is for students who need tutoring or a quiet place to do homework at school instead of being distracted at home, he said.

The main lab has 70 computers, including three iMac computers with a suite of Adobe software.

“It offers Photoshop and Illustrator, and that’s what I usually use to edit my pictures, said criminal justice sophomore Mayra Mendez in an interview Feb. 11.

Mendez said she uses the lab at least twice a week to edit pictures for a photography class, and she hopes the lab can get the Adobe Bridge program to help her keep photos organized.

Guerra’s biggest goal for the lab is “to make the student more aware of their responsibilities as a student.”

“So we really want the student to really take an active role of being a student here at SAC,” he said. “It’s not high school anymore, so it’s your responsibility as a student and as an adult.”

The lab also offers exam-proctoring for students who need to make up exams.

Students can get an exam proctored by asking their instructor to submit a SLAC proctoring exam request with a list of all the students who are making up the exam.

The lab also hosts workshops to teach skills, such as résumé writing, formatting and citations, stress management and financial aid basics.

The schedule for the workshops can be found on the SLAC webpage of this college’s website.

The SLAC webpage also offers 39 downloadable self-help handouts in English/writing, mathematics, natural science, social science, study skills and tutoring.

The SLAC lab is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 707 of Moody Learning Center.

Students can make tutoring appointments at 210-486-0165 or sac-slac@alamo.edu.

For more information, visit www.alamo.edu/sac/about-sac/college-offices/slac/.

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