SPCC Virtual Academic Support Center

Tutoring Services

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Tutoring is a proven method of academic intervention that produces higher levels of academic achievement, promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and improves graduation rates. Improve your grades and graduate faster by taking advantage of the free academic tutoring offered at SPCC.

Tutoring Policies

Having a tutor is a privilege, not a right. Your time and the tutor’s time are very valuable. Students who request tutoring are required to abide by all applicable policies.

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 Content Tutoring

  • Skills tutoring
    Academic Support Center tutors can help you gain the skills you need to be an academic all-star. Our skills tutoring includes areas such as reading comprehension, written and oral communication, study skills, and test-taking skills.
  • Course tutoring
    Many Academic Support Center tutors have earned advanced degrees in either Arts and Science, or Applied Science and Technology, disciplines. Visit either Academic Support Center to obtain a list of specific courses for which tutoring is offered.

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 Delivery Formats

Tutoring may be delivered in any of the following, convenient formats:

  • Face-to-face. The immediate response a student receives from working face-to-face with a tutor helps to create relationships, enhance student engagement, and promote mastery of course topics. Drop-in to either Academic Support Center during operating hours and take advantage of this tutoring option, or schedule a convenient time to meet with a tutor for a face-to-face session. Students who drop in during this time are required to complete a Tutoring Request form.
    • About the drop-in option:
      • While we do our best to accommodate any student that comes to the Center, we do have a limited amount of space and a limited number of tutors. As a result, drop-in tutoring operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
      • If students are waiting for tutoring, we may limit individual tutoring sessions to 30 minutes. After this time, students are encouraged to apply the strategies they learned in their tutoring session to the remainder of their assignments on their own before returning to drop-in tutoring.
      • Students are encouraged to plan ahead to maximize the time they may spend working with a tutor. It may be difficult to judge when drop-in tutoring will be busy and when students may have to wait for an available tutor. The busiest times are typically during the middle and end of the semester.
      • Students are encouraged to visit drop-in tutoring as soon as they receive an assignment. Tutors may not be able to provide assistance with assignments that are due that day.
         
  • Communication Center. The skilled tutors in the Communication Center, housed in each Academic Support Center, believe that writing is a collaborative process. Their goal is to help students become stronger and more confident writers and speakers. Tutors are available to assist students at every stage of the composing and revising process: from getting started, to developing and organizing ideas, to editing prose and documenting sources, and more. All student writers in every discipline can benefit from the feedback and support the Communication Center provides. Learn more about the Communication Center.
     
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI). Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that utilizes peer-assisted study to target historically difficult courses. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning enrichment that increases student performance and retention. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students. Learn more about Supplemental Instruction.

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Meet the Tutors

 

David Craig

David Craig

Campus(es) where David tutors:

OCH

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring

Education and training

Currently studying Network Operating Systems and Cyber Forensics at South Piedmont Community College.
 

Skills tutoring

  • Reading Comprehension

Subject tutoring

DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, CIS 110

Why did you become a tutor?

“Helping a student and seeing them leave the Center with boosted confidence and an understanding of how to solve problems on their own is quite rewarding.”
 

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“Never hesitate to ask for help, no matter what the question! If uncomfortable asking your instructor, then ask another instructor, a fellow student or better yet, come to the Academic Support Center. SPCC has so many people and opportunities in place to help you to succeed. It is up to you to reach out and grasp them when you need to use these resources. I have learned in 50+ years that there is no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, all questions deserve an answer and should be asked. You will find that others learn from your questions as well.”
 

 

Patrick Hargrove

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Hargrove

Campus(es) where Patrick tutors: OCH
Tutoring delivery methods:
  • Face-to-face tutoring
  • Appointment tutoring
Education and training B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Work experience as a Mechanical Engineer with Boeing and the U.S. Navy and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while in Graduate School.
Skills tutoring
  • Reading comprehension
  • Written and oral communication
  • Study skills
  • Test taking skills

 

Subject tutoring Subject tutoring: DMA 010-080, MAT 140, MAT 151, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 175, PHY 110, CHM 131, CHM 132
 
What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work? "Read and study your textbooks, especially assigned reading prior to each lecture; begin studying course notes at least one week prior to test(s); study and re-do all assigned homework problems prior to test(s)…this will enhance student problem solving skills when taking test(s); don’t get behind in your courses (i.e., avoid “cramming”) and ask questions on any and all topics you may be struggling with; time permitting, work on problems not assigned as homework…such problems may appear on test(s)."

Amanda Danley

Amanda Danley

Campus(es) where Amanda tutors:

LLP

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring

Education and training

  • Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education.
  • Library Specialist at SPCC Horne Library.

Skills tutoring

  • Reading comprehension
  • Written and oral communication
  • Study skills
  • Test taking skills

Subject tutoring

DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, DMA 070, DMA 080

Why did you become a tutor?

“I became a tutor because my chemistry teacher said his students needed help, and he felt I would make a great tutor. I mostly focus on math. All of the math courses I tutor for are courses I tested out of, so I am very knowledgeable in that subject area.”

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! I struggled with math when I was in high school, so I know how discouraging it can be. Don’t give up, just come to drop-in tutoring on Fridays and I can help!”

Art Harris

Art Harris

Campus(es) where Art tutors:

OCH

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring

Education and training

  • University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • University of Pittsburgh, Teaching Certification for Secondary Math
  • University of Pittsburgh, Master of Mathematics Education

Personal background and work experiences

  • Nine years teaching developmental mathematics courses, college algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus courses at a community college.
  • Seven years providing math tutoring to high school students for algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus.
  • Retired after a 35 year career as a computer software engineer in the nuclear power industry.

Skills tutoring

  • Study Skills
  • Test taking skills

Subject tutoring

DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, DMA 070, DMA 080 MAT 140, MAT 141, MAT 142, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 271, MAT 272

Why did you become a tutor?

“Becoming a tutor has been my way of helping others and giving back to the community. For me a classroom is a place where I can show my care for the students and their learning of math, as well as a place to demonstrate my love for the math I am teaching.“

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

  • Class attendance – the most important single thing a student can do to succeed.
  • Assignments – class time is limited, therefore students need to use the assignments to master material presented in class.
  • Come to class prepared - students need to know what questions they have on the material.
  • Get your questions answered – be an active class participant.
  • Seek help – students know best when they don’t understand something, and need to ask for the help they need.
  • DON’T FAIL QUIETLY, GET HELP!!!!

 

Neil Hawkins

Campus(es) where Neil tutors:

OCH

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring

Education and training

  • Bachelor of Science Degree – Wingate University
    Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
  • Master’s Degree – Winthrop University
    Education

Personal background and work experiences

  •  Completed my 26th year in Education
    - I have worked at all levels (K-University)
    -I have taught Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Physical Science

Skills tutoring

  • Study skills

Subject tutoring

 BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 163, BIO 165, BIO 166, BIO 271, BIO 275, CHM 131, CHM 132, CHM 151, CHM 152, CHM 251, CHM 252

Why did you become a tutor?

I want to use my background in education to provide support for those who struggle with learning the sciences. I enjoy seeing the “light bulb” turn on when a person gains an understanding of something they once thought impossible to learn.

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

1. Set a goal for the class (what grade do you want to earn?)
2. Study (you’re not supposed to hear things in lecture and then know stuff)
3. Use Skills (organization, note-taking, long-range planning, etc)
4. Seek Help (ask your professor, a peer in the class, or a tutor)
5. Succeed

  

Dorothy Morrison

Dorothy Morrison

Campus(es) where Dorothy tutors:

LLP, LTC

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring

Education and training

B.A. in English Education, M.A. in Writing

Skills tutoring

  • Reading comprehension
  • Written and oral communication
  • Study skills

Subject tutoring

ACA 090, BIO 163, BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 163, BIO 165, BIO 166, CIS 070, COM 110, COM 231, DRA 122, ENG 080, ENG 090, ENG 111, ENG 113, ENG 125, ENG 133, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 235, ENG 243, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132, HUM 120, HUM 130, HUM 220, MED 121, MED 122, PSY 150, RED 080, RED 090, SPA 111, SPA 112

Why did you become a tutor?

“As a retired English teacher, I have much to offer. Tutoring is so relaxing and a lot of fun. I get to have a tremendous impact on a student’s learning career, and be appreciated and admired in the process!”

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“Talk to an instructor, a counselor or an academic coach, someone who really wants you to succeed. Give yourself all the time, resources and encouragement you need to succeed. Never give up!”

 

 Ayeishia Neal

Ayeishia Neal

Campus(es) where Ayeishia tutors:

OCH

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring

Education and training

Working toward an Associate of Pre-Engineering degree at SPCC.

Skills tutoring

  • Study skills

Subject tutoring

DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, DMA 070, DMA 080, CIS 110, EGR 150, MAT 140, MAT 141, MAT 142, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 175, MAT 271, MAT 272

Why did you become a tutor?

“The fact that I love to help others as well as love math lets me be able to help others in math related courses. It just makes my day to see one’s light bulb glow at the end of the day."

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“Do not give up when things become difficult, keep trying and seek help when needed. Don’t struggle when you can get a better understanding and do better."

 

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short

Campus(es) where Elizabeth tutors:

LLP

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring
  • Appointment eTutoring

Education and training

B.A. in English Literature, B.S. in Middle Grades Education SAD in Reading Comprehension , M. Ed. in Education with a focus on leadership. I am also half way to an M.S. in Professional Counseling.

Personal background and work experiences

I am a licensed teacher and long time student (I have been in school longer than I have been out of school). I spent 5 years in the NC school system teaching Middle Grades Language Arts and tutoring who ever asked for extra help.

Skills tutoring

  • Reading comprehension
  • Written and oral communication
  • Study skills

Subject tutoring

ACA 122, COE 110, EDU 280, ENG 080, ENG 090, ENG 125, ENG 111, ENG 113, COM 110, RED 080, RED 090

Why did you become a tutor?

“As a teacher, I loved watching my students get what I was teaching. I wanted more one on one time with my students. As a tutor, I have the opportunity to help students achieve the excellence of which they are capable.”

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“If you don’t struggle, you don’t learn. College is about challenging the way you perceive and think about the world around you. If it’s easy, you aren’t learning. Ask questions, seek out help, and know that you CAN do this.”

 

Judi Smith Curtis

Judi Smith Curtis

Campus(es) where Judi tutors:

LLP

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring

Education and training

B.S. in Secondary Education, major in English; M.S.E. - Reading. Years of experience and training in using the computer, especially for online learning.

Skills tutoring

  • Reading comprehension
  • Written and oral communication
  • Study skills
  • Test taking skills

Subject tutoring

ACA 090, ACA 122, CIS 070, CIS 110, EDU 280, ENG 080, ENG 090, ENG 111, ENG 113, MAT 060, OST 136

Why did you become a tutor?

“Helping someone who's learning a new skill or trying to re-master an old one is exciting. When students experience challenges in their learning, they often think that they're the only ones having problems. Tutors get to work with students to not only help them master a skill or information, but to also reassure students and give them the confidence to succeed. Giving help and confidence is what a tutor does."

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“Being in college is very different than being in high school. Much more is expected of students and it can feel overwhelming. Treat being in college as if it were a job. If you can, come to campus early and stay after your classes are done. When you're not in class, be in the library or a computer lab studying and working on assignments."

 

Judy Steverson

Judy Steverson

Campus(es) where Judy tutors:

OCH

Tutoring delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring
  • Drop-in eTutoring
  • Appointment eTutoring

Education and training

Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. Judy is also a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Certified Administrator of Assisted Living.

Skills tutoring

  • Reading comprehension
  •  Written and oral communication
  • Study skills
  • Test taking skills

Subject tutoring

ACA 090, ACA 122, BUS 121, COM 110, COM 231, ENG 080, ENG 090, ENG 111, ENG 113, ENG 232, MAT 060, MAT 070

Why did you become a tutor?

“I was very afraid of taking math, and due to the wonderful SPCC teacher I had — Mrs. Carter — I completed the class with an A grade and wanted to help others who battle the same fears I experienced. I now help students in many different subjects. There is nothing more satisfying than to see a person’s face when they finally understand the material.”

What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work?

“Get a tutor to help, but don’t expect the tutor to do the work for you; if you don’t apply yourself, you will not excel.”

 

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Shelly Trudell

Campus(es) where Shelly tutors: OCH
Tutoring delivery methods:
  • Face-to-face drop-in tutoring
  • Face-to-face appointment tutoring
Education and training Peer tutor, two years at SPCC
Skills tutoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Study Skills
  • Test taking skills
Subject tutoring ENG 111, REL 210, REL 212, SOC 210, CIS 110, ACA 122
Why did you become a tutor? “I like being able to show other students that the intimidating classes can be a breeze with the right preparation and skills.”
What tips would you offer to students who are struggling with their academic work? “Organization, time management, and comprehending the parameters of the assignments are the key to success.”

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Become an SPCC Tutor

SPCC is seeking individuals interested in becoming peer tutors or professonal tutors.

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