Tutoring– an important component of an undergraduate education– has always been the means by which an institution provides students with the opportunity to seek help on a one-on-one basis or in a small group. The academic setting in which the tutor and the student(s) meet can often play a defining role in how this relationship plays out. The partnership between Academic Skills and Academic Computing fulfills this role successfully by offering walk-in tutoring sessions in an open computer lab. In the fall of 2008, CC15, FIT’s largest open lab, became a 24-hour facility 7 days / week. This partnership is nothing new; the Academic Computing Center has been collaborating with the Academic Skills Tutoring Center since 1997. This joint use of space has worked nicely for both parties involved. “The Academic Computing Center plays an enormous role in helping the Academic Skills [Tutoring] Center to run smoothly and has been very supportive over the years. They were very excited to have the tutors work in their labs and indicated that having walk-in tutors available on a more frequent basis would be extremely beneficial,” states Deborah Levine, Coordinator at the Academic Skills Center, when asked how this collaboration has been a benefit to the students and the tutors at FIT.
Faculty are encouraged to speak to their students about these extra help opportunities and visit the Academic Skills website for more information. Walk-in tutoring for students who need assistance in certain computer applications is provided by the Academic Skills Center, Mondays through Thursdays, 12-2pm and 5-7pm. Visit the Academic Skills Tutoring Center. □