Learning Commons

Welcome! The Learning Commons at Navarro College provides a comprehensive approach to student learning. The Learning Commons provides instruction from both Navarro professors, peer mentors, and the Learning Commons staff. This range of available academic help allows the student to stay on track with the professor’s schedule, while at the same time providing instruction in a safe, confidential environment.

Peer mentors understand your frustrations, and quite often, have used the services provided by the Learning Commons at some point in the past. Peer mentors have taken the classes they tutor, and thus, they know the material and the instructor’s expectations. But at the same time, they are your peers. They are students that go to the same school, attend the same classes, and listen to the same music.

Peer Tutoring

  • Offers more individualized, systematic, structured learning experience.
  • The Learning Commons is a community dedicated to learning excellence.
  • Provides greater congruence between teacher and learner.
  • Improves academic performance and personal growth.
  • Improves attitude toward subject area.
  • Generates stronger effects than other individualized teaching strategies.
  • Motivates self-paced and self-directed learning.
  • Peer tutors help the student to work toward self-responsibility and self-direction.
  • Improves self-esteem.
  • Peer tutors “speak the same language” and can connect with the student.

“10 tutoring hours over a 14-week semester were associated with a 1/3-letter course grade improvement, while 20 hours were associated with a full letter-grade improvement.”

Munley, V.G., Garvey, E., & McConnell, M.J. (2010) The Effectiveness of Peer Tutoring On Student Achievement at the University Level.American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 100, 277-282

24/7 Online Tutoring

Navarro College offers 24/7 online tutoring through tutor.com. Tutor.com connects you to a live tutor for one-on-one help and allows you to upload, share and save your essays, assignments and homework in a tutor.com locker. Users can also access thousands of educational resources (Study Resources and Test Prep Resources) from the SkillsCenter Resource Library!

Tutoring Subjects offered online, 24/7:

Math: Basic Math, Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus
Science: Basic Science, Earth Science, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics
English: Vocabulary, Grammar, Literature
Writing: Writing
History: U.S. History, European History, World History

To access tutor.com, log in to your Blackboard account, click on the “Student Resources” tab at the top of the page and the click on “Connect Now”. Remember that hours start over on the first day of every month so plan accordingly to get the most out of this fantastic resource!

Check out the YouTube video for a short preview!  

The Learning Commons Team

Corsicana Campus

Located on the first floor of the Richard M. Sanchez Library

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.10 a.m. - 8 p.m.10 a.m. - 8 p.m.10 a.m. - 8 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Corsicana Staff:

Dean Mulneaux, District Coordinator of Learning Commons and Tutorials Services
dean.mulneaux@navarrocollege.edu
903.875.7737

Walter Sheffield, Math Lab Instructor
walter.sheffield@navarrocollege.edu
903.875.7738

Mexia Campus

Located in the NCBC Building

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Math
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
English

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
A&P
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Math
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
English

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
A&P
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
A&P

Mexia Staff:

Lesa Marten, Associate Professor of Developmental Math & English & Coordinator of Tutoring Services
lesa.martin@navarrocollege.edu
254.562.3848 Ext. 5223

Marissa Santos, Administrative Coordinator & Academic Advisor
marissa.santos@navarrocollege.edu
903.389.7983

Midlothian Campus

Located in Room 106 of NCMC Building 1

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.1 p.m. - 6 p.m.12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.CLOSED

Midlothian Staff:

Erika Roland, Academic Advisor & Coordinator of Tutoring Services
erika.roland@navarrocollege.edu
972.775.7242

Waxahachie Campus

Located in Room 126 of Building A

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
9 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.9 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.1 p.m. - 5 p.m.1 p.m. - 5 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Waxahachie Staff:

Fawn Trotter, Academic Advisor & Coordinator of Tutoring Services
fawn.martwick@navarrocollege.edu
972.923.6428

Melanie Vazquez, Professional Tutor
melanie.vazquez@navarrocollege.edu
972.923.6422

Additional Resources (Links)

Accudemia
Once you’re in, you will be able to schedule appointments, see all your past tutoring sessions, chat with others, and much more!

Purple Math
Need help with math? Start browsing Purplemath’s free resources by clicking the link above!

Grammar Girl
Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.

Purdue OWL
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.

Khan Academy
Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

Wolfram
Eric Weisstein’s World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.

Tutor.com
Tutor.com is a fully online tutoring service. You can get a tutor 24/7 in more than 40 subjects including Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Foreign Languages, and Business.