Natural Science Center
What can the tutors do for you?
The science tutors are available to help you:
- Understand your homework assignments, lab reports, lecture
and laboratory material
- Understand what you missed on tests and homework
- Develop organizational skills and strategies for
understanding science problems
How to best utilize the Learning Lab
- Come Prepared. Try your
assignment first on your
own. Be sure to look at the examples in your book. When you come to the
lab to see a tutor, bring your book, assignment, pencils, eraser,
paper, and a calculator (if needed).
- Come see us at the first hint of trouble or
Don't wait until the last minute. Visit a tutor as soon as you begin
having difficulties with your science subject to stay on the path to
- Have your questions ready before you sign up
for a tutor
so you can best utilize your time. For instance, mark the areas in your
notes or in the textbook where you are having difficulties, making
notes defining where you were stuck or confused.
- Work with other students from your science
Explaining a concept to someone else or discussing strategies, methods,
and solutions with classmates is a great way to learn and review.
- Practice on your own. For
every hour in class, you should expect to spend 2 - 3 hours outside of
- Science is a big picture, not a series of
You have to spend some time thinking about what you just learned and
fitting it in with what you already know. Science is a foreign language
with a structure and vocabulary all its own.
- Tutoring cannot substitute for going to class.
Tutors are there to help you further understand the material but not to
teach you the subject from scratch. If you do miss a class, read the
material in your textbook before signing up for tutoring.
Hints for doing homework and lab reports:
- Try to keep your work neat.
Just like an English
paper, what you put on your paper is intended to convey information to
a reader. You may be the reader if you use your homework or lab report
for review. Errors often occur due to sloppy writing - minus signs are
lost, numbers are misread. The result is the wrong answer.
- Don't try to take shortcuts or do too much in
Write down each step. Remember, on a test you will not receive partial
credit for what is in your head, only what is on the paper.
- Learn to use your calculator correctly.
with problems where you know the answer. Carry your instructions with
you for reference. Use parentheses generously. Learn to use the memory
and storage functions.
- Start early. Give yourself the
chance to talk to your instructor or classmates or the Natural Science
learning Center when problems arise.
- Each Student has an equal right to the
tutor's time and assistance.
tutor has varying levels of science knowledge and may not be able to
assist you with science topics in which they are not familiar.
- Your instructor should be your first source of
- Be considerate of other people studying in
the Natural Science Learning Center (NSLC).
- Talking should be at a level as not to disturb others
in the NSLC.
- The NSLC is not to be used as a place to socialize.
- The purpose of the NSLC is to provide an environment
that is conducive to learning.
- Be considerate of the tutors.
is your responsibility to ensure your assignments are completed on
time. If you wait until the last minute to complete your assignment,
project, lab report or preparation for a quiz or exam, that is your
problem, not the tutor's.