The Teaching and Learning Center recognized its student tutors, writing consultants and receptionists with two days of appreciation Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.
Students showed their appreciation to the staff by leaving thank you notes, tweeting at and taking selfies with staff members, as well as using the hashtag “#TLCappreciate.”
The TLC — located on the second floor of the Snoqualmie building — allows students to talk with tutors and writing consultants to help them understand their course work. They also have student workers knowledgeable in fields that use quantitative skills like statistics, computer science and accounting. Drop-in consultations and scheduled sessions are available, as well as one-on-one help online.
Writing consultants at the TLC offer assistance in brainstorming ideas for a thesis, going over grammatical errors and offering feedback on papers. They can also help students understand how to use citations in all formats, from APA to Chicago Manual of Style.
The appreciation days came as the TLC prepares for what they expect to be the busiest part of the quarter. Kelvin Keown, the English learner specialist at the TLC, spoke more on how important the appreciation days are for the student workers.
“The last two weeks, that is, the last 10 days of the quarter are the busiest the TLC gets,” Keown explained. “Our students work hard as tutors and consultants. They are students themselves, and we know how hard it can be to work on their own studies while helping someone else out on theirs. We want them to know that everyone appreciates the wonderful job they do.”
Other than tutor sessions, the TLC also regularly hosts workshops led by their own staff. These workshops are free for all current students. The TLC workshops feature support for students wanting to better their work in quantitative skills.
More recently, students partook in a special two-day workshop which focused on writing analytical essays for the Graduate Record Examination: the issue and argument essays. They have also offered workshops on learning languages, such as Spanish, in the past.
As the end of the quarter draws near, the tutors and consultants at the TLC will be ready to help students in going over finals papers and projects. As Keown put it, “The staff here at the TLC are here to help all students with their assignments.”
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workshop times, or to set up appointments with tutors, go to