Texas Wesleyan University’s Academic Success Center is now offering tutoring through Skype.
Skype is a web-based program that allows people to video chat over the Internet. Michael Greer, director of the Academic Success Center, said Skype is more convenient to those students who carry a hectic schedule. Students do not have to physically attend the tutoring center located in the library to video chat with a tutor. The tutoring can be used from students’ bedrooms.
Greer said there have been a number of improvements this year.
“We have updated our layout to better accommodate student preferences indicated in surveys that we send out,” Greer said. “We have added tutoring subjects, changed how we track visits, provide tutoring via Skype in the evening, and implemented tutor session tracking software to record what takes place in each session.”
Greer also said the tutoring services have increased. The Academic Success Center provides tutoring in small computer labs as well as study areas.
“This semester we offer tutoring for writing, all math levels, accounting, psychology, statistics, logic and chemistry,” Greer said.
Maegan Steward, writing tutor and biology major, said she loves her job, and helping others is something she enjoys. Steward has been tutoring for a year now and believes she has made an impact in a number of students’ lives.
Ty’seria Kincade, transfer psychology major, speaks highly of the center. Kincade struggles with the subject math.
“Math isn’t a strong subject of mine, but the academic center tutors are very helpful,” Kincade said. “They are patient and they also take the time to make sure I understand the information.”
Kincade said tutors make her feel welcomed every time she needs assistance.
Greer said she looks forwards to the future and the goals the university aims to reach. She said she hopes the center will eventually offer supplemental instruction, which the center will soon add computers and monitors.
“[We] are looking into the ability for students to make tutoring appointments online, and possibly more tutor subjects like biology and finance.”