Tutoring Services supports the mission of Western Nebraska Community college by providing quality one-on-one or small group learning assistance by certified and peer tutors who encourage students in the development of their potential as independent learners.
Our tutors are certified tutors — those who have a teaching certificate — or peer tutors — WNCC students who have successfully completed the courses they tutor and have been recommended by faculty or the division chair. The majority of the peer tutors have received training in tutoring skills by attending a credit training course nationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
With peer, group, and one-on-one tutoring services available, you can get the academic assistance you need, no matter your learning style. Just walk in or make an appointment at one of the locations below.
Tutoring is available for many subject areas, but offerings vary from campus to campus.
- Be familiar with the material you are working on before using tutoring. Read all assigned material.
- Come with a list of questions.
- Share with your tutor any preferred way of learning that you may have.
- Get to know your instructor and visit him during office hours. Your teacher is your best resource.
- Recognize this is a drop-in tutoring center. Tutors may need to circulate frequently.
- Ask the tutor to re-state or re-explain anything you did not understand.
- Tell the tutor if he or she is moving too quickly through the material. The goal is to tutor for understanding and not simply to cover all the material.
- Continue to attend all class sessions
- Continue to read, attempt to complete all assignments, and write down questions you want to discuss with the tutor.
Remember: tutoring is not a substitute for class attendance and participation and failure to study on your own.
- Don't ask your tutor to give you all the answers or to do your homework for you. They are here to help you learn how to do the work yourself.
- Don't wait until the day before or day of a quiz to get help, a tutor may not be available.
- Don't come unprepared.
How to Become a Tutor
To become a tutor, a student must be recommended by faculty or a division chair and have a grade of B or higher in the subject to be tutored and have good interpersonal skills. Benefits to student tutors are equal to or even greater than the benefits to tutored students.
Benefits of Being a Tutor
- Greater mastery of subjects tutored
- Interpersonal skills developed
- A glimpse into the teaching profession which may assist in making career decisions
- Improved ability to communicate
- Greater self-confidence
- The personal satisfaction that comes from knowing you have helped someone else
- Monetary compensation
- Flexible working hours around your class schedule