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Tutoring targets high-risk courses

Nov. 4, 2005

by DENISE HODGES, reporter

Struggling students in math and science classes can now get help from the new tutoring program sponsored by Baylor's Success Center.

Tutoring is offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Moody Garden Study Alcove.

The Success Center also offers academic and career development services.

The program started two weeks ago in response to the Retention Task Force's tutoring action plan.

"The goal is to increase first-year retention of the 2005 freshman cohort ... by developing enhanced tutoring services available to freshman," said Mari-Anne Kocian, academic support services coordinator.

Kocian said the program targets historically high-risk freshmen courses. For a course to be considered high risk, more than 50 students must be enrolled and it must have a 20 percent failure rate.

Tutors are chosen based on professor recommendations, applications and essays. Tutors need a 3.5 grade point average and earned an A or B-plus in the course they tutor.

Panama City, Fla., junior Katherine Schnell said although they've only been tutoring for a few weeks, "students are already expressing better understanding and renewed confidence."

Students can make appointments for tutoring by calling 710-8986. Walk-in tutoring is available on a first-come, first-served basis.