Learning Resource Center (LRC)
Spring Semester 2001
The first time I walked into the LAP I was greeted with smiling faces of women that I later
came to know as friends. After being introduced to the fellow tutor's, I began to work.
Moving around from table to table, answering questions that ranged on all levels of mathematics
and the sciences.
I have learned so much from my experiences in the LAP. The videos that the tutors are
required to watch helped me use positive reinforcement when answering questions with the
occasionally no so positive person. The tapes also reminded men that we all started at the
beginning at one time and to be sensitive to others feelings, because what may be easy or
come easily to you may not be so for others.
Being in the LAP made me feel good, a part of something special. A place where the students
are the teachers and the teachers (tutors) are the students. Not only did I help by giving
guidance to my peers but also in return they instructed me. Things that I had forgotten,
shortcuts, alternative ways of solving problems were taught to me. Tutoring also reinforced
what I already knew and helped me retain information better.
Having taken many mathematic and science courses I was able to apply the techniques my
previous teachers had used that I felt were most successful. I came to find that humor
and flat out just having fun are the best strategies. Learning should be fun. Most of the
things that I remember from junior high and high school were from the instructors that
created game worksheet to take home. Or they would go as far as to explain why we're doing
what we're doing. I do my best to not only teach a person how to do a problem but to
In almost every class the instructor always says, don't be afraid to ask a question, there
are no stupid questions. As much as that is said, people still refrain, even myself. When I
first started tutoring in the LAP I felt bad, guilty and sometime stupid if I couldn't answer a
question. I myself was afraid to ask other tutors for their assistance. I slowly overcame this.
I learned that not everyone knows all of the answers all of the time. I know now that we, all
of the tutors, are a team. Working together to achieve a similar goal. I'm not afraid to ask
for help any more in the LAP or in my classes. I now try to teach that to the people I tutor.
Letting them know that it's okay to have questions and that if it was easy everyone would be
I plan to come back to the LAP again, and again. I have enjoyed the people I've met and the
knowledge I've gained. The LAP has made a footprint on my heart and I will remember it forever.
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