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PCC Sylvania Student Learning Center

Visit the organization web site: http://www.pcc.edu/resources/tutoring/sylvania/student-success/

What We Do

The PCC Student Learning Center is an informal, open study area, with the added benefit of tutoring assistance. Tutoring is free for PCC students on a first-come, first-served basis. English and math tutoring is offered at all times the center is open; tutoring in other subjects varies by term. The center also offers self-paced Math and English Skills Lab classes for 0, 1, 2, and 3 credits, English conversation groups, an English Conversation Partner Program, English and related technology workshops, COMPASS placement test preparation, and a computer lab with many useful programs.


Opportunities for service with us

English Conversation Partners Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help students with their English pronunciation and conversation skills.  Volunteers will meet with interested students for an hour a week (or more if you have the time) one-on-one, or possibly in small groups at times.  Conversation sessions will be done in the Student Learning Center, Library 140 (Sylvania), during the center’s open hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.  (Summer hours more limited.) Let us know if you can help out. Thanks so much!

*Volunteers should speak English like a native speaker.

Peer English Tutor

The primary responsibility of a volunteer English tutor is to provide tutoring in English-related skills (e.g. writing, grammar, reading, & communication). Tutors foster successful, independent learning and integrate effective study and learning strategies to maximize the student’s potential for academic progress. With assistance from the English Coordinator and faculty tutors in the center, English tutors are also expected to refer students to other appropriate college resources as needed. 


o   Tutor students in writing, reading, and communication skills.

o    Confer with English Coordinator regarding student progress.

o    Integrate study and learning strategies to promote independent learning.

o    Make appropriate referrals to other campus resources and inform the English Coordinator of any referral.

o    Assist students with the use of tutorial technology.

o    Assist in the overall promotion of the English Skills Center. 

o    Participate in tutor training.

o    Meet with the English Coordinator and/or Faculty English Tutors for feedback and evaluation.

o    Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

1.    Completion of Writing 121 with an “A” or “B” grade (or equivalent experience).

2.     “English Tutor Recommendation” form from an instructor or supervisor.

3.     Score of at least 90% on a grammar test given by the English Coordinator.

4.     Ability to quickly establish rapport and communicate well with students. 

Preferred way to contact:
Laurel Spillum
Sylvania Campus Library 140
Portland, OR 97219 Directions
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