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Going to Tutoring

November 5, 2013

By Kendall Mueller, Sophomore Chemical Engineering Student

Picture of Kendall Mueller smilingThere’s nothing more important than getting help when you are struggling. I know most people come into college thinking “I don’t need help! I can do it all on my own” which is exactly how you felt in high school. Unfortunately college becomes a lot harder and at some point in time, you are going to need help.

I remember the first time I realized that I needed tutoring. All through first semester, I passed everything with flying colors, without once thinking about needing or getting help. Unfortunately this all changed when I took my first semester of physics. Most people in my class had already taken AP Physics in high school, while I hadn’t. This pushed me behind the curve and made me feel even worse because I was, for once, the one that was lost. When I received the lowest test grade of my life on my first test, I knew I needed help.

Thankfully, I was inclined to go to the many office hours that were offered for the course. The Learning Assistants were extremely helpful and understanding with every question I had. Then, when I had conflicts with office hours, I learned about going to the Sanger Learning Center tutoring. Sanger is open for drop in tutoring from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days of the week. All I had to do was sign in at the front desk and sit at the table with the PHY 303 label on it, and tutors would come right up to me! What I also loved about this set up was that there were other people there too. Not only could we collaborate with each other on their problems, but they also made me feel better about struggling with the class. For the first time I didn’t feel alone.

Along with the Sanger Learning center and the office hours offered by the class, UT has many other great options for engineering tutoring. Jester has study tables that are designed for specific engineering classes and Kinsolving even has a new tutoring center! Students can sign up for tutoring appointments where one tutor will be assigned to only three students, allowing for a smaller group setting. These many tutoring options are all free and intended for your use, so use them!