Tutoring Can Be The Key
If you are a new student at the University of Georgia, then you already know the challenges that classes and professors at a competitive school can pose. You’ve probably learned to balance your academics with your civic and social life, but actually living the college life can sometimes cause you to fall behind, or need extra help to stay on track. Tutoring is the answer. Time-management issues may arise along with the new rigors of harder classes, so if this happens, you’ll need to know where to go for help.
Parents, if your student mentions that they are having difficulty, there are many resources that you can recommend. The first thing that students should do is to speak with their professor, teaching assistant or both. Take advantage of those office hours as they can be vital to that professor/student relationship. It is always advised to meet your professor during the beginning of the semester, building that relationship can be vital to your knowledge and even grade.
UGA offers an Academic Coaching program that offers students the opportunity to create plans for note-taking, time-management, test-anxiety, as well as other challenges. Students can make an appointment with certified and trained academic coaches by logging into SAGE with their UGA MyID and password. They can also fill out an intake survey before their first appointment to better prepare the coach on what challenges you are having.
Many classes and professors across campus have PLAs (Peer Learning Assistants) to help students in classes. The PLADawgs Program provides these helpers that work with the professors and have been trained to support the classroom’s learning. You can also apply to be a PLA and get more information here.
HaveUHeard that UGA offers help with presentations and public speaking assignments? The Presentation Collaboratory is the place to go with help in these areas. You can drop in or make an appointment with a Communications Consultant located on the first floor of Milledge Hall. Personally, I would make an appointment, so you can have complete one-on-one help. They also offer workshops for students and can provide rubrics and practice evaluations to make your presentations and speeches perfect!
The Division of Academic Enhancement offers different workshops for students each semester. Students who attend at least five different workshops and complete the evaluations can receive a $30 gift card. For a list of workshops, click here.
The Academic Resource Center offers tutoring with students that have successfully completed courses. Located on the first floor of Milledge Hall, the ARC also has satellite locations in Russell Hall, the Science Learning Center, and the Miller Learning Center. It’s free and students can walk-in or make an appointment. They cover areas in Business, Computer Science, Foreign Languages, Math & Statistics, Physics & Engineering, Sciences, and Writing. A cool resource with this center is the Study Pod. This is a group of students from the same class with one tutor. Pods are held weekly and are 1 ½ hour long. They provide a more intensive tutoring session for that class, as opposed to a quick session. For more information, click here.
If you are fearful that you may need to drop a class in ENGL 1101, MATH 1101, or MATH 1113, try to enroll in a Drop Back course. This will move you from the original class to a preparatory class to better prepare you for the core class in the future. You will receive 3 elective credit hours for this course.
Another great resource is to use Science Guyz. They are not affiliated with UGA but offer extensive tutoring in many areas. Located on Broad Street, students can take the Milledge bus to get there easily. For classes in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, students get detailed review packets and mock exams to help them with their class. The tutors are grad students and past professors, and there are fees. The best deal is the semester plan, but they do also offer private tutoring sessions, as well as mock exams and exam reviews at a lesser cost.
The textbook rental and purchase company Chegg offers Chegg Study. Students have found success in working with their specialists. They offer study help in business (finance, economics, accounting, operations management). Engineering (computer science, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering), Math (algebra, calculus, stats and probability, and other math) and science (physics, chemistry, biology). For more personal help, they also have Chegg Tutor which gives more one-on-one help. The price is $15/week for 30 minutes (50 cents/additional minute) and they do offer a free trial.