Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center

Welcome to the Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center at Nicholls State University.

Divided into two areas, The Tutoring Center and The Writing Center, the Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center is staffed mostly by peer tutors, students who can relate to and understand the challenges that other students face. A variety of options are available to meet student needs, including recurring sessions, one-time appointments and drop-ins based on availability.

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.

In an effort to improve retention, The Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center at Nicholls State University is committed to assisting students in enhancing their learning potential and developing proficiency in their academic endeavors.

The Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center provides small group peer tutoring to students in once weekly 60 minute sessions.  Walk-in services are also available;  however, hours and days vary by semester depending on tutor availability. Students can sign up for tutoring in 143 Peltier or by completing an online Tutoring Application Form. For more information call 985.448.4100 or come by to make an appointment.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center focuses on assisting students in writing assignments in any discipline. Sessions are usually 30 minutes each, but 60-minute sessions are available one-on-one with a writing coach (tutor). Email submissions are accepted and must be attached in Word format and sent to writingcenter@nicholls.edu. For submissions posted during normal business hours, every attempt will be made to have a tutor respond to your inquiry within two business days. Students can schedule writing appointments in Peltier 143/144, email writingcenter@nicholls.edu, or call 985.448.4100.  Nicholls Online Students enrolled in online classes may seek assistance through email submissions.

Hours, Location and Cost

The Tutoring Center, located in 143 Peltier, 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.


The Writing Center, located in 144 Peltier, has no additional charge.

  • MONDAY 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • WEDNESDAY 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • THURSDAY 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • FRIDAY 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

TUTORING CENTER
Drop-in tutoring requires no appointment, and students are served on a first-come, first-served basis.  After a student’s first visit, s/he is charged a one-time $25 fee, which covers tutoring for the entire semester (with the exception of Math 002, 003, 100, 115, and 116, for which there is no additional charge). Students with recurring weekly appointments may also utilize drop-in services for no additional fee. Drop-in tutoring is offered during select times that may change from week to week.

Please check the schedule for times, tutors, and subjects offered.  Click the link to view the drop-in schedule: DropInFA19

WRITING CENTER
Drop-in tutoring is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no additional fee for services.

Students may seek assistance by emailing discipline-specific questions or submitting writing assignments to: writingcenter@nicholls.edu

Writing assignments must be attached to the e-mail inquiry in Word format.

For questions/submissions posted during normal business hours, every attempt will be made to have a tutor respond to your inquiry within two business days.

Center Services

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 60 minute small group sessions, in addition to drop-in tutoring
  • 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.

WRITING CENTER
Students are successful when they learn to research, write, and revise their own writing assignments. The Center does not seek to be a permanent solution to issues with writing. Our writing coaches are trained to show best methods and practices for the messy, recursive process that is writing. Our job is to assist students with the process and help them become more confident in their writing skills. We are not to be used as a substitution for class instruction, and we are not an editing service.  Our belief is that when students focus on the process rather than the end product, they ultimately become not only more successful writers, but more successful thinkers—and that’s really all writing is about, thinking through ideas and committing them to paper!  The Writing Center can coach you in becoming a better, college-level writer in all disciplines, not only in English.

  • Provide writing in any discipline
  • Provide 30 or 60 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.

Writing appointments can be made in person in the Writing Center in Peltier 144 or the Tutoring Center in Peltier 143, or by calling 985-448-4100.

Students must arrive on time, and appointments are considered canceled if students are 10 or more minutes late.  Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis and cannot be accepted at 15 minutes before closing time.

Students also may seek assistance by submitting writing assignments to: writingcenter@nicholls.edu
Online assignments are addressed according to the e-tutoring guidelines.

Tutor Employment

The Tutoring Center provides tutoring to students enrolled in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, accounting, QBA, foreign language, and other courses requested.  Small group sessions are available once or twice weekly, with each appointment lasting 60 minutes.  Walk-in tutoring is provided; however hours and days vary by semester depending on tutor availability.

Qualifications:

  • NSU undergraduate student
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • A or B or placement out of courses to be tutored

Requirements:

  • Participate in on-going certification programs
  • Attend all tutor meetings

Peer Tutor Application (Tutoring Center)

Minimum Tutor Qualifications: 3.2 GPA, A or B or placement out of courses to be tutored

Submit two Peer Tutor/Writing Coach Reference Forms.  One reference should be academic while the other should be professional or employment.


Peer Tutor/Writing Coach Reference Form, CLICK HERE

The Writing Center offers students writing assistance in any subject.  Tutors guide students through the entire writing process, including, but not limited to, writing a thesis statement, structuring an argument logically, developing content, organizing main points, and understanding grammar.  Students are encouraged to schedule 30-minute consultations, but walk-ins are accepted depending on tutor availability.

Qualifications:

  • NSU undergraduate student
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • A or B or placement out of courses to be tutored
  • Completed English 101 or 102 with an A in the course(s)

Requirements:

  • Participate in on-going certification programs
  • Attend all tutor meetings
  • Assist students in writing in any discipline

Peer Tutor Application (Writing Center)

  • Type an autobiographical sketch that includes the following:
    (1) A description of you as a student,
    (2) past or current tutoring experiences, and what you gained from those experiences,
    (3) why you are interested in working as a writing tutor,
    (4) what strengths you feel you will bring to our staff,
    (5) what are your interestes in reading and writing,
    (6) if you have published, explain what you published and where and how that has helped you improve as a writer,
    (7) discuss your favorite classes where writing was a major component.
  • PARAGRAPH 1: Being educated is one of the most powerful assets a person can acquire as education helps create a foundation for discovery. Education follows people throughout life because no one really ever stops learning. Preparing for these next stages requires a consistency of education for everyone to follow. To keep education consistent throughout the country, the education system is in place. Like any other system, the education system has problems within it that directly affect the students. There are many problems that schools face with funding or not having the most up-to-date technology. One of the major problems of the education system is students not being prepared for college because classrooms are focusing more on standardized tests (Hansen n.p.). Classrooms should focus on teaching students how to prepare themselves for learning and not how to take a test by eliminating the high dependency on the standardized tests, and turning the classroom focus on how the student is learning by analyzing their past selves to their future selves would be more beneficial for a student instead of analyzing their test scores (Zalan n.p.).

    PARAGRAPH 2: Although students meet all the requirements to attend the university, most of them are not actually prepared for college (Hansen n.p.). This does include the students who have performed well in high school, not just the ones who struggled. These students may have high GPA’s and high ACT scores, but they are lacking skills to help them succeed such as writing skills, basic math skills, or techniques for handling coursework (Hansen n.p.). Public schools make a big deal out of scoring high on standardized tests such as the ACT or the state tests because of the grades the state gives the school from the performance on these tests (Evans n.p.). These grades that the state gives determines the amount of funds the school can receive, so the schools are teaching students the strategies of bubbling the right answers and completing more questions in a certain amount of time which does not help with learning or understanding the material. Testing techniques are very helpful for the important standardized test, but the school system should not make high test scores their main priority. Teaching students how to take notes from a lecture or how to study should be the main focus of education. If schools would focus on getting students to understand information or to remember and not just on getting brilliant test scores, more students may find themselves feeling better prepared.

 

Submit two Peer Tutor/Writing Coach Reference Forms.  One reference should be academic while the other should be professional or employment.


 
Peer Tutor/Writing Coach Reference Form, CLICK HERE

Online Resources

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.

Chemistry and Physics

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).
  • Man Anatomy includes information on body systems with diagrams and descriptions of all systems.
  • 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.

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

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.

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.
  • Thougtco includes resources on history, geography, and philosophy.

General Writing Concerns

OWL at Purdue— Addresses planning/starting to write, effective writing, revising/editing/proofreading and types/genres of writing.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison — Comprehensive site, very much like Purdue’s.

Writing Process, Grammar and Punctuation

OWL at Purdue — This 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

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.
Citation Machine – allows users to create citations in MLA and APA.

Research

Ellender Library — Ellender is the main library on the Nicholls campus. This link takes you to the page used for library research.
Ellender Library (Video library)
APA and MLA Citation information
Library of Congress — Rich site for any research endeavor. The sheer volume of information makes this a great site to visit regularly.

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

LSU Learning tools – includes topics such as discovering strengths, managing time, acing tests, and reducing stress.
How to study – includes study tips for all disciplines.
Metacognition (Powerpoint) –  includes topics to assist students in study habits, managing time, organizing notes, etc.
UNC Tips for Success – includes assistance on studying, being more productive, reading better, and acing tests

If you need additional help with finding or using resources, please visit the Tutoring Center in Peltier 143. Feel free to e-mail suggestions for additions to this page to louise.robichaux@nicholls.edu.

CONTACT INFO

Office Location:
Peltier 143
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2008
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4100
Fax: 985-448-4201
Hours:
MONDAY 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
TUESDAY 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
THURSDAY 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FRIDAY 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

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