Tutoring Services

We can help!

Our tutoring is based on Avila University’s community values. We provide resources, programs, and services to support the academic integration of students into the university community, facilitate their academic achievement, and promote independent learning in a safe and supportive environment. Our staff is here when you need us! We offer a variety of services. See how we can help you on your road to success!

Please contact us at 816-501-3666 if you would like to speak with someone in tutoring services.

Contact

Susan Winters, Office Manager Learning Center
P: 816-501-3666 / E: Susan.Winters@avila.edu

About Us

Mission:

The mission of Tutoring, which is based on the Avila University community values, is to provide resources, programs, and services to support the academic integration of students into the university community, facilitate their academic achievement, and promote independent learning in a safe and supportive environment.

GOALS:

  • To help students meet the academic demands of college-level course work.
  • To help students develop self-awareness, self-direction, and self-confidence to become self-regulated learners.
  • To promote collaboration between and among the Student Success Center staff, the Student Affairs staff, the faculty, and the administration, with the goal of improving the academic experience of Avila University students.

The following is a more detailed list of courses that we tutor face-to-face:

  • AR 271 (Digital Media: Design Software)
  • BI 111 (General Biology Cells & Genes)
  • BI 112 (General Biology Ecology and Evolution)
  • BI 250 (General Microbiology)
  • CH 131 (Principles of Chemistry)
  • CH 137 (General Chemistry II)
  • CH 217 (Organic Chemistry)
  • CS 120 (Introduction to Computer Science)
  • CS 222 (Data Structures)
  • MA 92 (Mathematical Literacy)
  • MA 115 (Applications of College Mathematics)
  • MA 120 (College Algebra)
  • PH 232 (General Physics II)
  • PY 101 (General Psychology)
  • PY 208 (Lifespan Development)
  • PY 210 (Abnormal Psychology)
  • PY 261 (Psychological Stats and Methods I)
  • PY 612 (Advanced Cognitive Processes)
  • PY 617 (Research Design & Analysis I)
  • PY 627 (Research Design & Analysis II)
  • PY 650 (Biological Bases of Behavior)

Online, 24/7 tutoring is available through TutorMe on any subject.

A study group is a small group of students (usually 3-5) who meet regularly once or twice a week to clarify and discuss concepts from course material.

WHAT DO STUDY GROUP PARTICIPANTS DO? Activities in the study group may include the following:

  • Reviewing class notes and assigned readings
  • Predicting and answering test questions
  • Brainstorming possible essay questions
  • Generating creative ways to organize and learn information

Many students report that talking about course material and quizzing others in the group helps them remember the material better than studying on their own.

HOW TO JOIN A STUDY GROUP:

  1. Stop by the Student Success Center in Hodes or call Tutoring at 816.501.3666
  2. Stop by the Library/Learning Commons Ruth M. Willcox Tutoring Room

If you would prefer to form your own study group, call us at 816.501.3666, or stop by and see us for information that will explain productive study group strategies.

Avila offers Math and English placement tests for students. If it has been a while since you have taken the ACT and would like to place higher in a course than your ACT would allow, Avila offers math and English placement tests.

You MUST bring a current photo I.D. when you take the placement test.

ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST
The English placement test determines whether you will take Writing Strategies, Composition I, or Composition II. Each student is allowed to take the placement test twice, but only the highest score will determine placement.

MATH PLACEMENT TEST
The Math placement test determines whether a student will enroll in Mathematical Literacy, Techno Mathematics, College Algebra or Applications of College Math with or without a lab, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus & Analytic Geometry I. Each student is allowed to take the placement test twice, but only the highest score will determine placement. Calculators will be provided for testing.

To schedule appointments for Math or English Placement Tests, please call the Office of Admissions (816)501-2400 or the Student Success Center (816)501-3666.

The Writing Center at Avila University: located in the Learning Commons and Hooley Bundschu Library.  The Writing Center offers walk-in assistance as well as convenient appointments. There is no limit on how many times you can visit us, so come see what we can do for you!  For appointment times, visit The Writing Center.

Try these helpful links for additional writing assistance:

Grammar and Style Guides for Writers
Provides links to style guides, grammar guides, and information on citing sources.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
The Purdue University Writing Lab was one of the first writing labs to go online, and it remains one of the best websites for college level writing. This online writing lab (OWL) contains excellent handouts on a multitude of topics and links to other high quality OWL’s. You should spend a little time surfing this site to see all it has to offer.

http://write.siu.edu/resources/handouts.html
Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale sponsors this OWL which contains very helpful handouts, as well as information and links to less popular styles such as Turabian and Chicago.

http://www.jccc.edu/student-resources/tutors-accessibility/writing-center/grammar-handouts.html
The Writing Center site at Johnson County Community College has links to many handouts on grammar, style, and writing a bibliography. Look in the gray bar on the left side of the site under student resources.

MLA Resouces

Check out the MLA Style Guide

http://citationmachine.net/

This site has you enter the necessary information for citing resources and then it puts the information in the appropriate order for proper citation.

http://www.easybib.com

This site creates a Works Cited instantly. All you need is the appropriate information!

APA Style Resources

Check out the APA Style Guide here!

Other APA Resources:http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorials.aspx
This site includes an explanation of the APA style in the form of a paper.

http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html
Electronic references are the focus of this web site produced by the American Psychological Association (APA).

GENERAL REFERENCE LINKS
https://www.www.avila.edu/academics/learning-commons
Use this link to search Avila’s library databases.

http://dictionary.reference.com/
This is an online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.

http://www.oed.com/
The Oxford English Dictionary is considered the authority on the evolution of words in the English language.

http://www.nytimes.com/
Get the latest news from the New York Times at this link.

www.khanacademy.org
Browse a library of over 2100 videos for math, science, chemistry, banking, and calculus

ESL LINKS
http://www.eslcafe.com
Dave’s ESL Café is updated daily, and this award-winning website gets over one million hits a month. The website includes the following sections: About Dave’s ESL Café, Bookstore, Chat Central, Discussion Forums, Help Center, Hint-of-the-Day, Idioms, Message Exchange, Phrasal Verbs, Pronunciation Power (which requires QuickTime), Quizzes, Quotes, Slang, Student Email, Today in History, and Web Guide Links.

http://wordsmith.org/words/today.html
If you are online every day, then make this site a daily habit. “The music and magic of words — that’s what A.Word.A.Day (AWAD) is about. We are a community of more than 490,000 linguaphiles [someone who loves words] in 208 countries.” Be sure to explore the archives that go back to March of 1994.

http://www.esl-lab.com/
This site has audio files you listen to and quizzes so you can test your listening abilities. There are also some videos with quizzes.

http://a4esl.org/
This site has many quizzes, podcasts, puzzles, and links to other sites for English language practice.

MATH LINKS
http://www.armstrong.edu/academic-departments/math-student-resources
A website that shows step by step how to solve the problems. This is a great site for College Algebra. Utilize the Show work button.

http://www.atomiclearning.com/ti_84
This provides easy to follow video instructions to understand the functions of the TI-83, TI-83 PLUS, or TI-84 calculator.

http://www.stetson.edu/~mhale/teach/study.htm
This website contains a few study tips and some valuable information on how to read math.

http://www.math.com/students/worksheet/algebra_sp.htm
This provides numerous explanations and allows you to create worksheets to practice problems which are great for study groups.

http://www.quickmath.com
This is an automated service for answering common math problems over the Internet.

http://www.khake.com/page67.html
This link is great not only for math but just about every course you could study in college because it links you to other subjects.

http://www.math.ncsu.edu/ma114/
This is a great link for tutorial instruction. Select a subject and experience a multimedia QuickTime tutorial on subjects from matrices to linear programming. There is a link on the website to download QuickTime for free.

SCIENCE LINKS
http://bio-alive.com/tutorials/chemistry.htm
Links to tutorials for chemistry

http://www.sciencejoywagon.com/physicszone/
This site has information on physics and chemistry concepts. Some of the sections are only for members.

http://www.wakeforest.edu/~ylwong/balanceeq/balanceq.html
This site has tutorials on balancing chemical equations, dimensional analysis, and some physics concepts.

http://science.widener.edu/svb/tutorial/index.html
This site was developed by a chemistry professor at California State University. It has practice problems for many chemistry topics.

STATISTICS LINKS
http://onlinestatbook.com/rvls.html
Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics. This site is divided into four main sections: HyperStat Online – an online statistics book with links to other statistics resources on the web; Simulations/Demonstration – Java applets that demonstrate various statistical concepts; Case Studies – examples of real data with analyses and interpretation. The HyperStat Online section is quite comprehensive, and it even includes jokes about statistics and statisticians.

http://www.robertniles.com/stats/
For the times when you want to reduce terminology and concepts to the most basic form, check this site “Statistics Every Writer Should Know”. It is written in clear, simple language and has links to a wide variety of online resources, including links to web pages that perform statistical calculations for checking your work.

http://www.animatedsoftware.com/statglos/statglos.htm
This site is “The Internet Glossary of Statistical Term” and it is amazing. It provides an opportunity for you to look up individual terms, quiz yourself, review, or learn more information about topics in your class. Most sections will also tell you about related terms to help you develop an even deeper understanding of the material and the way in which it interconnects.

STANDARDIZED EXAM LINKS
http://www.gmattutor.com/
“GMAT Tutor” This site is a great place to start if you are just beginning to think about the GMAT and how to study for it.  Some of its features are study plan suggestions, a “Tips and Tricks” section, and descriptions of several study book options.

http://www.txstate.edu/slac/stad-test-prep/gre.html
“Graduate Record Exam Preparation” This site, from the Student Learning Assistance Center at Texas State, features handouts over a multitude of GRE topics, and are all available to the public.

http://www.txstate.edu/slac/PreLaw/test_prep.html
“LSAT Preparation” This site, also from the Student Learning Assistance Center at Texas State, not only has a PowerPoint presentation discussing the LSAT and how to prepare for it, but also lists multiple sources to refer to when considering your personal study plans and goals.

STUDY SKILLS LINKS
http://www.stthomas.edu/academicsupport/helpful_study_skills_links.htm
The Learning Services at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN maintains this up to date and easy to use site. Study guides and strategies are subdivided into the many different sections, ranging from general study habits to specific areas of study. You can also search this site, and the information is available in fourteen languages.

http://learningcenter.missouri.edu/
This is the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Learning Services site. It has information on study strategies and test-taking tips.

http://www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/shs/sleep/
The Counseling Center at the University of Buffalo sponsors this site. Wellness Education Services provides a personalized assessment, diary, tips, and mobile apps for combating sleepiness and stress.

TEST ANXIETY LINKS
http://www.coedu.usf.edu/zalaquett/Help_Screens/
Test_Anxiety.htm
 This website includes seven sections of information from what to do before a test, to what to do after the test. They also have links to specific test preparation and study strategies to reduce or eliminate test anxiety altogether.

http://www.studygs.net
This site has links to over 250 topics ranging from problem-solving/meeting challenges to reading critically. You can also search this site and information is available in 37 languages.

http://mmtt.ca/?profile=sdc
This site is sponsored by the Student Development Centre at the University of Western Ontario and contains online tools to practice mindfulness and self-regulation in regards to stress, anxiety, and depression.

The following are commonly asked questions among students. If you still can not find an answer from our web site, please feel free to stop by the Student Success Center in Hodes or give us a call at 816.501.3666, or you can submit your question and someone will respond.

Where are you located and what are your hours? We are located in the Student Success Center in Hodes (lower level Carondelet, building #8). You may walk in anytime between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 5 p.m., tutoring is held in the Ruth M. Willcox Room in the Library/Learning Commons.

How do I schedule math or English placement tests? Contact Tutoring at 816.501.3666 to schedule an appointment. The results will be given following the test. You are allowed two attempts for the exam.

When do I seek help from a tutor? If you need help on homework and can’t meet with your instructor, or need help preparing for a test, or you feel like you are falling behind and can’t seem to manage your time well, a tutor can help!

What to do before a tutor session? Before attending a tutoring session, try your best to understand the material. Be an active student in the class. Your instructor is always your best resource. Try asking your instructor for help first, and bring that information to the online or face-to-face tutor in case you didn’t quite understand what the instructor told you.

What happens during my first tutor session? At your first tutoring session, you will be asked to give us some background information that will be kept confidential. Your tutor will introduce herself or himself and will discuss your tutoring needs. Then you will work for 25 – 55 minutes, depending on the length of your scheduled session. At the end of the session, you will be asked if you want additional tutoring sessions and will be asked to fill out a short evaluation form.

What do I bring to a tutoring session? We ask that you bring your textbook and supplementary materials for the class, class notes, syllabus, past tests and quizzes, homework you’ve attempted, and writing supplies.

How To’s

How to Schedule a Face-to-Face Tutoring Appointment

(Do this anytime after the first full week of classes!)

  • Go here: https://avila.campus.eab.com
  • Log in using your Avila username and password.
  • At the top right corner of the page, select your enrollment term.
  • Click on the blue “Get Assistance” button (on the right side of screen).
  • Select “Course-based Tutoring” on the drop-down box
  • Where would you like to meet your tutor? Select a location. Different locations will offer different times and days so you may check both locations to find a time that suits you.
  • What would you like to be tutored in? Using the drop-down menu, choose a subject or skillset. Then, click the blue “Next” button. If there is no face-to-face tutoring for the course you selected, you can contact the Hodes center (816-501-3666) or try online tutoring (called TutorMe) instead.
  • Select a tutor if you have a preference. If not, click “Next” to see all available tutors.
  • Select the day and time for your appointment. (You can look at upcoming weeks by clicking the arrow button.) Then, click “Next.”
  • Add comments to send to your tutor (maybe about what you’d like to work on). Also, indicate if you’d like to be sent an email or text reminder.
  • Click “Confirm Appointment” on the bottom right side of screen. Cheers! You did it!

Need to Cancel Your Appointment? Here’s How:

  • Go here: https://avila.campus.eab.com
  • Log in using your Avila username and password.
  • Look for “Upcoming Tutor Appointments” on the bottom right of the screen.
  • Click on the appointment you need to cancel.
  • Click “Cancel My Attendance”

For questions, contact the Hodes Center at (816) 501-3666 or stop by!


How to Schedule an Online Tutoring Appointment

Online tutoring (TutorMe) is available any time, 24/7!

How to Access TutorMe:

  • Click on a course in Canvas (any course will work!)
  • The menu on the left side of the screen has a TutorMe link near the bottom. Click it.
  • The green “Connect Me With a Tutor” button will get you started!

Helpful tips:

Make sure your computer is properly equipped.

  • The ideal computer set-up will include a microphone and a camera.
  • No access to a computer with a microphone and/or camera? That’s okay! TutorMe has its own messenger setup, and that can be used instead. Also, there’s an option to use just audio or just video with messenger
  • No computer? That’s okay! The Learning Commons (in Hodes) has designated computers for TutorMe. Laptop check-outs are available through the Learning Commons.
    Computers are available for use in Hodes.

Have your assignment(s) handy.

  • You will have the option to upload a document at the beginning of your session.
  • You can share files with your tutor at any time throughout your session.
  • Don’t have your assignment saved on your computer? That’s okay! You can scan documents in Hodes. You can snap a pic of your assignment with your phone and upload it.

Have specific questions ready to go!

  • Before beginning a session, you will be asked to list any assignments and/or questions you want to discuss.
  • The more details you give, the more the more help your tutor can give you!

Four Helpful Session Tools:

1. File Sharing — Allows you to upload papers or assignments any time before or during the session.
2. Text-Editor — Allows either party to edit an uploaded document during the session.
3. Code-Editor — Great for computer science and/or coding help.
4. Whiteboard — Lets you draw pictures, create a textbox, etc. with your tutor.

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