The Murphy Learning Center has a wealth of resources for the students of UW-L. The first and most obvious being our tutors. These highly intelligent individuals have been selected and trained in order to help facilitate your learning in a variety of ways. What else does the MLC have to offer? Take a look below to find out!
Resources for Tutees
Our resources for tutees aren't limited to our tutors. We have many additional resources to offer the students of our campus.
Anatomy Models- In the biology tutoring center we have several anatomical models to aid in studying for the lab portion of any anatomy courses offered at UW-L. We have full skeletons and bone sets in addition to models of muscles, lungs, kidneys, and several other organ systems. These models are a great supplement to the instruction students receive in lab and can be invaluable in attaining higher grades on practicals.
SMART Board Usage- The Learning Center has a room equipped with a SMART board that can be used by students. This would be perfect for a class in which a presentation on a SMART board would be required. The SMART board room is located directly outside of the Writing Center.
Whiteboards- While this may seem like a minor thing, being able to write things out and quickly erase them can be a great tool in studying for exams. Students are always welcome to come in and use any of the available whiteboards regardless of whether or not they need a tutor.
Space- Again another seemingly minor detail, but when a group project is in order space can be an invaluable resource. The Learning Center is open anytime the library is. Students are free to come in even when there aren't tutors available. This allows students to make use of the open spaces and large tables available, which are perfect for group projects or study sessions.
Resources for Tutors
Tutors need resources too. This page is designed to provide some information to help aide our tutors in their jobs.
Learning Styles- Not everyone learns exactly the same. This can be especially frustrating for a tutor when faced with a tutee that doesn't share the learning style of the tutor. To help alleviate the frustration of both the tutor and the tutee, here are the three most common learning styles and tips on ways to facilitate their learning.
Visual- Visual learners primarily process information coming from their eyes. This leads to a variety of techniques that can help them retain and learn new information. Possibilities include but are not limited to: reviewing charts, graphs, maps, or diagrams from textbooks or notes, making flowcharts or diagrams of material, creating flash cards, color coding, making use of online videos or textbook companion websites.
Auditory- Auditory learners process acoustical information preferentially. Basically, they need to hear things to learn. Techniques or strategies to help auditory learners include: recording lectures to re-listen to at a later time, reading notes aloud, or explaining things to someone else.
Tactile- Tactile learners are hands on learners. They learn by doing. These folks benefit from rewriting their notes, possibly several times, and using applicable models. While models aren't available, with a little creativity and ingenuity a tactile learner can make their own models or approximations of models to aid in their process.
General Tips- There are a few tips that can be applied to any situation that you come across.
- Seat facing the door and great the arriving tutees
- Start wherever the student is at in their material
- Incorporate humor when possible and when appropriate
- Pay attention to a students non-verbal communication. We often say more without speaking than we think.
- Have the tutee recap what they have learned
- End the session with a positive comment
Tutor D2L- All of the tutors in the MLC have been added to a tutor resources tab in D2L. This tab includes more general tips for tutoring and also has content specific information. It is a very useful and under-utilized resource. To access it, from your D2L homepage, click on the ongoing tab under your classes for the semester. Murphy Learning Center Tutor Resources will be available for you to click. If you do not see this page, please contact Dr. Lee Bainesand you will be added to the page.