April’s spotlight: The Center for Student Learning, Writing, and Advising
Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
For anyone who has yet to venture to the library at this point in the semester, the Center for Learning, Writing, and Advising is located in the lower level of the O’Grady Library and is here to help students. It may seem intimidating to go in and ask people that you do not know for help, but that is the best thing that you can do to help achieve academic well-being. The Center offers a variety of tools to help you do your best with your time at Saint Martin’s.
Peer tutoring is a free service provided by The Center on a drop-in basis. All tutors come highly recommended by faculty and staff in their field of study. Tutoring services are always offered for STEM, business, writing, and world language classes. This semester they were able to offer a peer tutor for introductory courses in French, Spanish, Japanese, music, history, and psychology, as well as a few upper-division courses offered in accounting, music, and psychology. If you need a cram session to get ready for finals, make sure to visit the Center, or get in contact with the subject’s corresponding tutor for extra help. They are proud to offer individual and group tutoring sessions. You can also visit the Saint Martin’s website for study tips and helpful hints to ace your final exams.
The Center also offers the opportunity to meet with peer readers outside of the classroom setting. According to the Saint Martin’s University website, “peer readers are trained to facilitate academic, personal, professional, and creative writing. The Writing Center believes that writing is a right for all and a means for promoting social justice in the world.” A peer reader’s role is to ask you questions about your writing, make suggestions, provide topic ideas, help develop a thesis, and edit your papers. They are a great resource for someone who is looking for a second opinion on their paper or just want ideas on how to improve their writing style. If you are looking to make an appointment before final papers are due, check out the peer reading schedule on the school website or at the lower level library front desk.
The Center also provides amazing opportunities for advising sessions with Saint Martin’s faculty and staff. This is an available service for first and second-year students as well as those who are enrolled in pre-major programs. Advising sessions provide guidance when navigating how college works, choosing a major, and academic planning. They are a helpful tool in discussing your future and your choices during your short time here at Saint Martin’s.
The Center is also home to the Disability Support Services office. DSS assists students with documented disabilities, or have a temporary injury such as a concussion, by providing academic accommodations and support like class notes through note taking positions. They are also a voice for disability advocacy and a helpful resource for students with disabilities. Disability Support Services does an amazing job of providing students with equal access to academic resources and services by maintaining an inclusive approach.
Jennifer Walker, a student worker for The Center, said in an email, “I have had an amazing experience working as a student employee in the Center. I started working at the Center my first year at SMU and the awesome staff have supported me through every stressor and trial that comes with the college experience. I think the Center makes resources for students more accessible through the nice location in the Lower Level Library, to the smiling faces that greet you and want to support you in any possible way they can. Students can get help through coming in any time between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday -Thursday, or Fridays 9 a.m.-2 p.m., for STEM tutoring, to sign up for a 50-minute Peer Reader session, attain advising help for undeclared majors, receive accommodations for disabilities, and so much more.”
The Center for Student Learning, Writing, and Advising is open 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. on Friday. Contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (360)-438-4569.