Sylvania Student Learning Center

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Math help

Check out the new Student Learning Center math resources for graphing tools and practice activities! Or drop by one of the Be Better Prepared Free Math Workshops this term!

Casual, Work-Study, and Volunteer Positions
We are an informal, drop-in tutoring and study area. We offer free tutoring in math, English, statistics, accounting, business, and more for PCC students on a first-come, first-served basis. We also have a computer lab (PCs only) and offer English and Math self-paced lab classes. We are staffed by a combination of faculty, professional, work-study, and volunteer tutors.

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Winter hours

Winter hours begin Monday, January 8.**

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

*The center will be closed on 1/12, 1/13 and 1/15.

** Finals week hours begin the week of 3/19.

Winter Term Tutoring Schedule by Subject

We offer

English and Math self-paced classes

Take English Skill Building or Math classes for 0, 1, 2, or 3 credits at your own pace with the help of our Lab Instructors.

Contact Heiko Spoddeck, ALC Math Instructor or Laurel Spillum, ALC English Skills Lab Instructor if you have any questions.

English Conversation Groups

Improve your English speaking and listening skills. Everyone is welcome! Come join us in Library, Room 144 (SLC Conference Room), during any of the following meeting times:

  • Tuesdays from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm with Micheal
  • Wednesdays from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm with Elise

Begins Week 2 and ends the week before finals. Students may join these groups at any time on a drop-in basis. Groups are most appropriate for students at ESOL Level 4 or higher.

English Conversation Partner Program

Meet one-on-one with a conversation partner. Come visit to find out more!

  • If you are a non-native speaker (and a PCC student) who would like to improve your English speaking and listening skills, just drop in to work with a volunteer. Volunteers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the posted schedule in the Student Learning Center.
  • If you would like to volunteer as a Conversation Partner for non-native English speakers, please fill out a volunteer availability form and submit it to Shani Ong.

Free Academic Success Workshops

Workshop schedule
Workshop Location Date Time Presenter
Tips for Building Vocabulary LIB 144 Friday, Jan. 19 10 – 11 am Elizabeth Wilson
Writing the Scholarship Essay LIB 144 Friday, Jan. 19 11 – 1 pm Jennifer McBratney
Basic Sentence Structure LIB 144 Friday, Jan. 26 11 – 12 pm Sophie Bridges
Finding the Main Idea LIB 144 Friday, Jan. 26 12 -1 pm Elise McLain
Sentences and Fragments LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 2 10 – 11 am Nancy Bennani
Using Commas LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 2 12 – 1 pm Nancy Bennani
Learn How to Type! Introduction to LIB 138 Friday, Feb. 2 12 – 1 pm Nerva Pfund
Writing a Professional Email LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 9 10 – 11 pm Elizabeth Wilson
Adjective Clauses LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 9 12 – 1 pm Elise McLain
Beginning the Writing Process LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 16 10 – 11 am Claudia Hutchison
Essay Structure LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 16 12 – 1 pm Claudia Hutcison
Adverb Clauses LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 23 10 – 11 am Elise McLain
Conditionals LIB 144 Friday, Feb. 23 12 – 1 pm Eric Nelson
Word Choice LIB 144 Friday, Mar. 2 10 – 11 am Maria Martin
Pronouns & Prepositions LIB 144 Friday, Mar. 2 12 – 1 pm Maria Martin
Times for Timed Writing LIB 144 Friday, Mar. 6 12 – 1 pm Bonni Goldberg
Paraphrasing LIB 144 Friday, Mar. 9 12 – 1 pm Elise McLain

Please see our Be.Better.Prepapred.Math.Workshop handout for more information on math specific workshops.

Math resources

Contact Heiko Spoddeck, ALC Math Instructor for more information.

Cheat Sheets

Trigonometry Cheat Sheet

  • KhanAcademy: (all math) Excellent videos, but you can also login and practice. Important: You do not have to go through every practice, you can pick and choose.
  • HippoCampus: (MTH 20, 60, 65, 95, 111) Excellent videos, many from Khan Academy, but they are more closely related to our courses. However, the topics are not in the same order.
  • CoolMath: (MTH 20, 60, 65, 95, 111, 112) Good and flashy 🙂
Websites recommended by students
Statistics Resources
Calculator Support Sites

ClassPad step-by-step guides

English Skills resources

Contact Laurel Spillum, ALC English Skills Lab Instructor for more information.

Composition podcasts
Grammar & Punctuation podcasts
Grammar & Writing
Study Skills
Communication & Pronunciation


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