TUTORING CENTER

Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center

To schedule tutoring or writing appointments:

1. Log into my.nicholls.edu

2. Click on TutorTrac

If you have scheduling difficulties, call us at 985.448.4100, email tutoring@nicholls.edu or writingcenter@nicholls.edu, or come by Ellender Library – Room 149.

Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center

STUDENT CONTRACT

RULES GOVERNING PARTICIPATION IN TUTORING SERVICES
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

  1. You should report on time to each tutoring session.
  2. You must be prepared for each tutoring session, having homework and tutoring assignments as complete as possible.
  3. You must attend the class(es) for which you are receiving tutoring. Tutoring is not meant to be a substitute for classroom instruction.
  4. You may not engage in excessive, distracting conversation unrelated to the subject.
  5. If you miss three appointments without cancelling, we reserve the right to terminate services.
  6. You will be terminated from tutoring if you disrupt sessions, show hostility or disrespect towards tutors, fellow tutees, or violate the NSU Student Code of Conduct in any way.
  7. Upon entering the Center, or before you begin your online session, you must turn off or mute all electronic devices.
  8. Computers in the Center are to be used for academic purposes only.

 

  • By signing up for tutoring, I agree to the above rules governing student participation.
  • I understand that I am responsible for my success or failure. I will not hold my tutor responsible for the consequences of my efforts.
  • I hereby authorize the release of my grades to Center personnel.
  • If at any time I wish to cancel my session, I agree to notify my tutor or a member of the Center’s staff by phone call, email, or in-person.

ABOUT US

The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center (TAEC) offers a supportive learning environment to help students develop confidence in their academic abilities. Students can receive assistance through both The Tutoring Center and The Writing Center. The TAEC provides assistance in many subjects through peer tutoring, coaching in writing, modeling learning strategies, and other forms of academic assistance to all Nicholls students.

To improve retention, the Nicholls State Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center assists students in enhancing their learning potential and developing academic proficiency.  Using skilled, knowledgeable peer tutors, the center fosters intellectual discipline, study skills, student confidence, and independent learning.

The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center at Nicholls State University assists students by offering tutoring in multiple disciplines and formats. In an individualized learning environment, tutors help students overcome academic challenges, leading them to successful course completion.  

Appointment Guidelines

Be prepared.

  • Bring your assignment guidelines or attach it to your email request.
  • Bring or attach drafts of your writing.

The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service.

  • You are responsible for your writing and your grade.
  • You may apply suggestions offered as you see fit.

Use The Writing Center several times for each assignment.

Make a ONE-ON-ONE appointment—Visit 144 Peltier or call the Center at 985.448.4100.

Please provide the following information: N# and course name. You will receive a verification email after the appointment is created. This email will confirm the time of your session and the name of your writing coach. Students must arrive on time. Appointments are considered canceled if students are 10 or more minutes late. Walk-ins cannot be accepted at 15 minutes before closing time. Students will get consultation notes after the session is completed. Notes can be printed or emailed. 

Make an ONLINE appointment—Email the Center at writingcenter@nicholls.edu.

Please provide the following information: N#, course name, and instructor’s name. Attach your writing as a Word document. Explain the assignment and discuss the writing problem or type of help you need.  You will get a confirmation email to verify that you are receiving online assistance. You do NOT come into the center. All writing services will take place via email. Within two business days, you will receive an email from the writing coach with two attachments: 

1) your student document with added comments and 2) a consultation note from the writing coach.

Appointment Guidelines

Be prepared.

  • Bring your assignment guidelines and drafts of your writing if you are attending tutoring in person.
  • Upload assignment guidelines and drafts of your writing through TutorTrac when scheduling your email or Zoom appointment.

The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service.

  • You are responsible for your writing and your grade.
  • You may apply suggestions offered as you see fit.
     

Use The Writing Center several times for each assignment.

 

For in-person sessions, students will get consultation notes after the session is completed. Notes can be emailed. 

For email or Zoom sessions, students will receive their consultant-reviewed assignments and consultation notes from the writing coach.

The Tutoring Center

Students may seek assistance by emailing discipline-specific questions to tutoring@nicholls.eduOnline Resources also offers additional assistance.  

The Writing Center

Students may submit email requests for writing assistance in any subject to writingcenter@nicholls.edu.  See Making a Writing Center Appointment for guidelines.  

Online Resources also offers additional assistance.

Center Services

THE TUTORING CENTER

The expected outcome for students who receive tutoring is that they become confident, independent learners. Peer tutors work with students to self identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals for each session (and beyond), and ultimately find answers without the assistance of the tutor. To achieve this, both tutors and students are expected to report to each session with a positive attitude and a willingness to contribute. Ultimately, we hope that students leave their sessions ready to tackle assignments with a level of self-reliance that they previously did not have.

  • Provide tutoring in math, chemistry, physics, biology, accounting, QBA, economics, and foreign languages
  • Provide 45 minute one-on-one sessions. 
  • Provide a safe, non-judgmental place for students to get help and do work
  • Set goals with each student of what they want to accomplish for the session
  • Provide organization and study skills methods
  • Assist with homework assignments
  • Provide worksheets for many of the subjects tutored
  • Offer study sessions for some math and chemistry courses
  • Substitute tutoring for classroom instruction
  • Assist with online quizzes or tests
  • Bring notes and course materials to the session.
  • Explain your specific concerns having questions ready for the tutor to address.
  • Have homework assignments as complete as possible.
  • Listen and participate actively in the session, taking notes when necessary.
  • Attend the class(es) for which you receive tutoring.

THE WRITING CENTER

Students are successful when they learn to research, write, and revise writing assignments.  The Writing Center employs writing coaches who are trained to guide students in applying best practices used in the writing process.  Students learn this process and become more confident and skilled writers. We are not substitutions for class instruction, and we are not an editing service.  Multiple visits per assignment are encouraged. There are no additional fees for this service. The Writing Center goal is to coach students in becoming better college-level writers in all disciplines, including but not limited to English assignments. 

  • Provide writing assistance in any discipline
  • Provide 45 minute one-on-one sessions
  • Provide a safe, non-judgmental place for students to get help and do work
  • Set goals with each student of what they want to accomplish in the session
  • Brainstorm with students on how to approach an assignment
  • Clarify assignments and requirements
  • Explain and exhibit writing techniques and processes
  • Assist with clarifying instructor comments
  • Show research techniques and implementation methods
  • Assist with setting goals for assignment completion
  • Show revision techniques
  • Assist in identifying major, recurring grammar errors
  • Explain and practice grammar rules

Discuss the following:

  • Audience and purpose of writing
  • Organization regarding central ideas
  • Thesis statements, examples, arguments, introductions/conclusions
  • Paragraph development
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Citation format (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Proofreading, editing, and revision techniques
  • Proofread or correct papers
  • Contradict instructor comments/philosophies
  • Conduct research for the student
  • Provide writing ideas for the student
  • Write papers for students
  • Focus only on grammar and/or proofreading
  • Predict future grades
  • Bring assignment sheets, drafts, texts, and/or notes.
  • Explain your specific concerns and questions.
  • Read your paper aloud to the writing coach.
  • Listen and participate actively in sessions.
  • Set up future appointments for the same assignment.

Hours, Location and Cost

The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center hours are:

MONDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FRIDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Tutoring Center, located in Ellender Library – Room 149, charges a one-time fee per semester of $25 per subject with the exception of Math 002, Math 003, Math 100, Math 115, and Math 116, for which there is no additional charge.

Tutoring fee is $25 per subject per semester.  However, you may qualify for a tutoring scholarship from the Mary and Al Danos Foundation.  The $25 tutoring fee will be presented as a scholarship for the following students: 

  • those who received an email voucher from the Academic Services Center or their advisor,
  • those who received tutoring during the previous semester, or
  • those who apply for tutoring in multiple subjects will receive one $25 scholarship.

If you qualify for the scholarship, the fee will be charged to your Banner account and later presented as a credit labeled “Tutoring Fee Scholarship.” 

The Writing Center, located in Ellender Library – Room 149, has no additional charge.

Online Resources

Brainfuse Online Assistance 
Brainfuse offers tutoring for higher education students. Student-paid services at a rate of $55 for two hours of tutoring. Subjects tutored include math, accounting, economics, chemistry, biology, physics, computer applications, languages, social sciences, nursing, and allied health.  

Khan Academy provides assistance in various subjects, including math, science, computer science, finance and economics, and humanities.

Graphing Calculator Assistance

Definitions, Terminology, and Study Skills

Homework and Test Taking

  • S.O.S. Mathematics provides assistance for various math topics.
  • Khan Academy provides assistance in various subjects, including math, science, computer science, finance and economics, and humanities.
  • Crash Course (YouTube) allows the user to search for various video tutorials in many disciplines.

General Sciences

Chemistry and Physics

  • Crashcourse (YouTube) includes a crash course on various subject matter in many disciplines.
  • Technical Tutoring Chemistry includes a variety of tutoring tools and subcategories of science.
  • Chemisty LibreTexts includes a periodic table of elements, reference tables, physical constants, units and conversions, and an organic chemistry glossary.
  • Mammoth Memory includes definitions, problems, and examples of various chemistry and physics topics.

Biology

  • Cells Alive includes information on cell biology, microbiology, immunology, and microscopy.
  • Sheppard Software includes games that teach the part of the cell (animal, plant, and bacterial).
  • Khan Academy Structure of a Cell includes information about the structure of a cell and offers practices quizzes.
  • Amoeba Sisters includes information on general biology with videos of various topics discussed in simpler terms.
  • Mammoth Memory includes extensive information on plant and animal biology, human anatomy, along with visual aids for all topics.

Psychology – includes technology resources for psychology students.
Sociology and Psychology – includes topics relating to various aspects of these disciplines.

Geography
  • SheppardSoftware includes geography games that will provide a mental map of the world’s continents, countries, capitals, & landscapes.
  • Lizard Point includes information on geography, math, and art topics in addition to online quizzes and worksheets for various topics. 
  • Mammoth Memory includes maps, visual examples of topography, capital cities, and other disciplines in physical and economic geography.

French includes  French language learning resources, in addition to an online audio course and podcasts.

Spanish includes topics on proficiency and conjugation in addition to offering grammar exercises, language drills, and quizlet flashcards.

Mammoth Memory includes vocabulary, pronunciation, and more in both Spanish and French.

HISTORY

  • History.com includes stories and videos of various happenings throughout history.
  • Best History Sites includes resources on general, ancient, American, European, Modern, Military, oral and art history.
  • Mammoth Memory includes information on American History, WWII, and Kings and Queens of Britain.
  • The Crash Course includes videos describing important information on various topics in U.S. History.
  • National Humanities Center shows different teacher-made history topics from 1609-1917 and beyond, which includes hyperlinks within the text for more information.
  • Thoughtco includes resources on history, geography, and philosophy.

General Writing Concerns

Writing Process, Grammar and Punctuation

  • OWL at Purdue is just about the best writing-related link. This link addresses punctuation, capitals, spelling, sentence construction and parts of speech.

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • OWL at Purdue An information site that clearly explains what academic plagiarism involves. It also includes information on MLA, APA and disciple-specific formats. Also included is information on outlining, paraphrasing, plagiarism, quoting and summarizing.

Documentation

  • Easy bib creates citations and provides resources for plagiarism checks and grammar errors.
  • OWL at Purdue a guide to MLA, APA, and Chicago style manuals.
  • OWL at Purdue “Research Papers” gives links to related sites for documenting information obtained via an electronic medium. This also gives instruction on how to conduct research and how to evaluate and then integrate sources.
  • Modern Language Association MLA news and membership information.
  • NC State citation builder for various styles of formatting.

Research

Business Writing

  • OWL at Purdue offers information on resume writing, memo writing and other professional writing concerns.

ESL Student Concerns

  • OWL at Purdue contains information on grammar, idioms, vocabulary and academic conventions and offers discussion list information.

Faculty Resources

  • OWL at Purdue includes a link to resources for class assignments, pedagogical theory and writings on the use of WAC, WID and Writing to Learn in particular disciples. Also included are links to other university WAC sites.

Dictionary

Thesaurus

If you need additional help with finding or using resources, please visit the Tutoring Center in 149 Ellender Library. Feel free to e-mail suggestions for additions to this page to louise.robichaux@nicholls.edu.

CONTACT INFO

Office Location:
Ellender Library – Room 149
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2008
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4100
Fax: 985-448-4201
Hours:
MONDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FRIDAY:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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