The mission of the Palomar College Teaching and Learning Centers is to promote student success by providing learning assistance and academic support through tutoring, proctoring, study space, student success workshops (Skillshops), computer and printing use, group study rooms, laptop, textbook, and calculator use, and much more! In addition, we strive to create a pleasant working space where students and faculty can come together and exchange ideas and promote a deeper level of student and faculty engagement.
The goals of the TLC are to:
- Increase retention, persistence, and success for all students
- Offer the best tutoring/embedded tutoring and study group support
- Promote academic success through the effective use of support services
- Improve faculty-student contact outside of the classroom
- Provide academic counseling, advising and coaching, referral to services, educational and career planning, and supplemental instruction workshops (TLC San Marcos)
- Provide a welcoming space for professional development opportunities for faculty (TLC San Marcos)
- Assist students with identifying their educational and career goals (TLC San Marcos)
Benefits of Tutoring:
- Offers a unique and individualized learning experience
- Increases good study habits
- Improves academic performance, retention, and personal growth
- Encourages higher level of thinking
- Improves self-esteem
- Helps you become an independent learner
- Puts you in charge of your own learning process. Improves your critical thinking skills through sharing and connecting topics, ideas and assignments between classes
- Supports in-class learning
- Increases sense of community
If you receive tutoring regularly, chances are you’ll do better in your coursework. Students who attend tutoring sessions have proven to earn higher grades, stay in school longer, and succeed in their other classes.
How to Make the Most of a Tutoring Session
The goal of tutoring is to make you an independent student by assisting you in the learning process. Be sure to bring your relevant assignments, notes, papers and books.
- Plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute.
- Try to complete as much work as possible before your session.
- Actively participate in your tutoring session. Ask questions.
- Know that the tutor cannot do your homework or exams.
- Review what you have covered in the tutoring session soon after the session has ended. This will reinforce what you have learned.
Respect Others and the Learning Environment
- Start and end your tutoring session on time.
- Speak at a volume that does not detract from other students’ learning.
- Turn off your gadgets and phones, do not talk on the phone, or if absolutely necessary, take the call outside of the Center.
- Follow the rules and guidelines of the various tutoring center.
- Tutoring is a friendly, positive and collaborative effort.
- Tutors can help you make sense of what you do not understand, but they will not replace your instructors.
- Tutors can show you how to find the right answers, but they will not just give you the answers. Tutors will provide you with guidance and direction to help you independently think through the challenge.
- Tutors can review the homework that you have completed so that you can see your successes and failures, but they will not do your homework for you.
- Tutors can help you learn how to read your textbooks for understanding, but they will not explain something that you have not read.
- Tutors can help you achieve your learning goals. They will expect nothing less than your best effort, and neither should you.
Please visit the Tutoring Services website for a list of Palomar’s tutoring centers and services.
Also, here’s our Tutoring Services flyer that lists all of Palomar’s tutoring centers.