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BRCC Students Have Many Options

 

Last updated 11/9/2020 at 3:56pm

Blue Ridge anatomy and physiology students April Ziegler (left) and Connor Morrow (right) utilize the Student Success Center for a study group. (Courtesy photo)

Blue Ridge Community College, in response to COVID-19, offers many alternatives to traditional face-to-face instruction, including online and Hyflex courses so that students can learn from home and avoid potential exposure. Similarly, students have options for accessing important support services like tutoring.

Without the hustle and bustle of meeting for study groups or seeing classmates in the hall, students may feel isolated from the campus. However, online and Hyflex students are not stranded without help. The tutors at the Blue Ridge Student Success Center can meet with students online or in person.

Jessica Cole, a Blue Ridge business administration major, has taken advantage of the online tutoring options.

The second year student said, "I couldn't bring my school work to campus during a pandemic, so remote tutoring has been very helpful with my academics and home life."

Cole has utilized tutoring for writing assignments as well as accounting homework.

Ways to connect with a Blue Ridge tutor include: the telephone, in person, video conferencing and screen sharing with Google Meet, and meeting in the Adobe Collaborate online environment to share an interactive whiteboard.

Wanda Gant, Student Success coordinator, said, "The Student Success Center is offering virtual tutoring sessions through our Collaborate feature embedded in the college's online learning management system. Students are sent a link for the tutoring session and upon joining the session, they can see and talk with a tutor. The sessions work well for the students who aren't quite ready to have a face-to-face session. During the month of October, we held a total of 35 virtual tutoring sessions for a total of 28.75 virtual hours."

Students can also learn from videos.

"The Student Success Center webpage posts student success modules on topics such as the study environment, learning styles, time management, and dealing with math anxiety," said Gant. "The students who have used these modules report that the modules are useful and helped them improve their learning experience. There is also a tab for students to request tutoring appointments, which has been a great and convenient tool for both students and SSC tutors."

At the Transylvania County campus library and Student Success Center, technology has been incorporated into the tutoring setup to allow for more social distancing during face-to-face tutoring sessions. Students may pair their laptops with the Student Success projector so that all parties can see the content for tutoring without huddling over a book or computer together.

Students who make use of the tutoring options are thankful for the varied opportunities to interact with a Blue Ridge tutor.

Cole said, "I am grateful for the different forms of assistance Blue Ridge offers and the dedication of the staff in ensuring I succeed."

Transylvania County campus students can connect with a tutor by calling (828) 694-1906 or visiting the Student Success Website http://www.blueridge.edu/services-support/tutoring/student-success-center/.

(Handy is a member of the BRCC staff.)

 
 

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