LSS offers free tutoring

Student fee-funded organization gives students opportunity for academic aid

Chris Stelmak

Staff Writer

It may be hard to think about studying and homework on the second day of classes, but in a couple of weeks, the stress will be weighing heavy. However, Learning Support Services is trying to make it a little easier.

Learning Support Services has been on the University of Houston campus for about 10 years, helping students with their academic troubles. The organization offers free tutoring for classes on a walk-in basis.

LSS Assistant Director Jan Redford said, "We are here for people who want to learn." LSS also sets up workshops for a variety of situations - for example, a five-week studying habit workshop is set to start in September.

LSS also offers shorter workshops designed to help with the Writing Proficiency Exam and the TASP test.

A bonus of the organization is that it draws money from student service fees, so there are no additional charges for taking advantage of tutoring or workshops.

For those familiar with LSS' services, the organization has moved for the fall 1997 semester to temporary quarters in the Fine Arts Building.

Since the air conditioning is being repaired in the Social Work Building, most of the classes normally held there, as well as LSS, have moved to Fine Arts rather than staying in Social Work and switching from floor to floor during the repairs.

"We figured we could better serve the students by being in one place," Redford said.

Approximately 3,000 walk-in students come to LSS each semester. Most come in and talk to a counselor, spending an average of 30 minutes to two hours per visit.

Junior UH student Uche Akaluso has been coming to LSS for a couple of years after hearing about it during orientation. "Learning Support Services offers a lot of help with courses and a lot of support, too," Akaluso said. "Being a junior, I plan on using it more now that I am getting into more upper-level classes."

LSS employs approximately 35 UH students as tutors. Redford said, "We like to hire UH graduates since they can have more sympathy for other UH students."

In the future, LSS hopes to add more supplemental in-struction groups for core classes like MATH 1310 or CHEM 1331.

Learning Support Services is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday in Room 404, Fine Arts Building.

No appointment is necessary for tutoring or seminars. To take advantage of LSS' services, walk in or call (713) 743-5411.

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