The Learning HUB

The Learning HUB, helping students succeed

The Learning HUB is a one-stop shop to support your academic success! Meet with faculty one-on-one or in small groups, connect with a tutor, or participate in one of our many workshops over a common hour.

LEARNING HUB LOCATION

The Learning Center is located in Bollinger 59.

Tutors in the Learning HUB

Tutors are available to meet in person and virtually. Schedule a time just for you or drop into one of our virtual tutor rooms. Login to my.centralpenn.edu and visit the Tutors page on Sharepoint for scheduling information.

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What to Expect During Your Tutoring Session

In order to lead productive sessions within the thirty-minute time limit, we tend to follow a general order of operation:

1. The student and assistant introduce themselves.

  • If the student is a walk-in, the student and assistant complete an appointment form using the Learning Center’s online scheduling system (WCOnline) to document the session.
  • If the student has an appointment, the student and assistant will review the appointment form together to determine the focus of the session.

2. The assistant works with the student on the academic issue:

  • If a writing assignment, the tutor will review the paper with the assistant, walk through their process, ask questions, and provide resources.  Tutors will introduce strategies for writing and ask students to try them during the session.
  • If a math or accounting assignment, the tutor may ask the student to walk them through their process, answer questions, work through practice problems, and provide resources.

  • If an academic issue, the tutor may ask questions about the academic issue (such as study skills, time management, note-taking, etc.) and provide resources to help improve those areas.

3. As the session ends, the assistant:

  • provides specific tasks or takeaways for the student to continue working beyond the session
  • provides a brief summary of what was covered and enters it into the client report form.
  • asks the student if he/she would like the report form sent to the faculty member
  • asks the student if he/she would like to schedule a follow-up session

4. A survey is automatically emailed to students when their session ends to provide us with feedback on our services.

STUDENT PREPARATION

The student should:

  • complete an appointment form.
  • visit the Center several days before an assignment’s due date to provide adequate revision time.
  • bring copies of their work, their assignment sheet, and a list of specific questions for the assistant.
  • be willing and eager to participate. 

MAINTAINING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Assistants will:

  • ensure the students retain ownership of the assignment at all times.
  • help students interpret and implement faculty feedback.
  • provide feedback for improvement rather than “edits” or grade speculation.
  • collaborate with students on how to implement students’ ideas.
  • provide holistic feedback and strategies for problem-solving.

Central Penn College Math Bootcamp

WHAT IS THE MATH BOOTCAMP?

The Math Bootcamp is a review tool. It is presented as a Blackboard course, but it is free, not graded, and not worth credit. There is no instructor for the course; instead, it is self-paced. Students can complete as much or as little of the coursework as they want, and they can take as much time as they want to do so. In other words, the Math Bootcamp is entirely self-driven on the student’s part.

THE PURPOSE OF THE MATH BOOTCAMP

The Math Bootcamp was designed to help students review for the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra placement test. Students who want to place out of remedial math but need to review some basic concepts first can complete the Math Bootcamp before taking the placement test.

What can students expect from Math Bootcamp?

The Math Bootcamp is separated into five units, based on the topics covered on the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra placement test. Those units (and subunits) are:

  • Operations with Rational Numbers
    1. Integer Operations
    2. Fractions, Decimals, Percents
  • Solving Equations in
  • One Variable
  • Operations with Exponents
  • Polynomial Expressions
  • Linear Equations

Each unit (or subunit) begins with a 10-question, multiple choice Pre-Test. Students who earn a 9/10 or a 10/10 move on to the next unit (or subunit). Students who earn an 8/10 or below receive instructions to watch several interactive videos about the topic (described in the next paragraph), following which they complete another 10-question, multiple choice Post-Test. Students may retake the Post-Test as many times as they want.

Videos in the Math Bootcamp are designed through a software called PlayPosit. The software presents a couple minutes of video followed by a question about the content for students to respond to. In this way, the videos immediately engage students in the material.

In addition to the five units, the Math Bootcamp also includes several videos called Calculator Tips. These videos help students use various types of calculators, including scientific and graphing (in both Casio and TI brands) as well as the calculators common to cell phones. They address the following common issues:

  • Subtraction and negative signs
  • Parentheses
  • Fractions
  • Exponents

Students can refer to the Calculator Tips at any point in the Math Bootcamp course.

What value are students getting from the Math Bootcamp?

The Math Bootcamp has proven valuable in helping students to improve their Placement Scores; one student brought her Placement Test score from a 51 to a 90 after completing the Math Bootcamp.

Additionally, the Calculator Tips benefit students even beyond their preparation for the Placement Test. Many students who enroll in the remedial math course return to the Math Bootcamp to watch the Calculator Tips videos.

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