Thanks to higher faculty participation and a declining stigma related to seeking help, the number of students visiting a St. Petersburg College Learning Center has hit the 10,000 mark – nearly doubling last year’s visits.
Through week 8 of the fall 2013 semester, a total of 10,560 SPC students visited a campus Learning Center. They visited a total of 48,714 times.
Through the mid point of the semester last year, 5,647 students had visited a Learning Center 23,921 times.
“Faculty are spending their office hours in the Learning Centers, which makes them more accessible to their students,” said Joe Leopold, director of learning resources. In fact, faculty held 1,259 office hours in Learning Centers through week 8 of this semester, an increase from 997 hours last year.
While many students visit a Learning Center to use a computer, a total of 2,193 students sought help in one or more subject areas during week 8.
Math is, by far, the most common subject requested for tutoring, followed by writing and science. In all, 142 tutors offer instruction at 10 locations in nearly every subject at SPC.
“We have the best tutors around,” Leopold said. “They offer high quality one-on-one and group tutoring. Students come back for specific tutors.”
Data gathered last year shows that 80 percent of the students who visited a Learning Center at least four times completed their courses with a C or better.
Leopold believes that for some struggling students, seeing faculty members in the tutoring centers has lessened the stigma of asking for help.
“Now, many of them visiting the Learning Centers are the best students we’ve got,” he added.
Below, student Ly Tan, a pre-med major, talks about his experience at the SPC Downtown Learning Center.