There are a few Salt Lake Community College students who may refer to the Science Resource Center as the “Student Lifesaver Building.”
Located inside the Science and Industry Building at Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the Science Resource Center provides free tutoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and the geosciences.
Jory Lusk, a tutor at the center, says that no appointment is necessary; students can usually walk in and get tutoring right away. When the SI Building gets busy around midterms and finals, Lusk adds that they have more than enough tutors to handle those busy times.
The Science Resource Center offers a welcoming environment for students to learn and collaborate.
“The best thing about the [center] is probably meeting new people. Sometimes you find people in your class or other classes that can also help you,” says student Katherine Vega. “You also won’t feel stupid asking a question like you would in a classroom. There are very nice people there.”
Tutors use different techniques to assist students at all levels.
“One way to learn is to puzzle it out,” Lusk explains. “[Tutors] sit down and help them puzzle it out until they can puzzle it out themselves.”
The center tries to make sure there are enough tutors for everyone.
“You may have trouble finding tutors who specialize in your subject, but for the most part it is not exactly hard finding a tutor at the center,” Vega explains. “They have a chart on the door that shows the times certain tutors [are available] and what subjects they are good with.”
The Science Resource Center also offers online video conference tutoring for chemistry and physics.
The online tutoring is designed to be student-friendly and easy to use. Webcams aren’t even necessary; chat boxes at the bottom of the screen allow students to interact with tutors and other students.
The Science Resource Center is located in SI 359B at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.