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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.

LEARNING COMMONS / TUTORING OFFICE INFORMATION

Corsicana Campus
Richard M. Sanchez Library
3200 W. 7th Avenue
Corsicana, TX 75110

Dean Mulneaux, District Coordinator of Learning Commons and Tutoring Services
Phone: 903.875.7737
Email: dean.mulneaux@navarrocollege.edu

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

Waxahachie Campus
Building A, Room 126
1900 John Arden Drive
Waxahachie, TX 75165

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

Melanie Vazquez, Professional Tutor
Phone: 972.923.6422
Email: melanie.vazquez@navarrocollege.edu
Midlothian Campus
NCMC Building 1, Room 106
899 Mount Zion Rd
Midlothian, TX 76065

Erika Roland, Academic Advisor & Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Phone: 972.775.7242
Email: erika.roland@navarrocollege.edu
Mexia Campus
NCBC Building
901 MLK Jr Hwy
Mexia, TX 76667

Lesa Marten, Associate Professor of Dev. Math & English / Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Phone: 254.562.3848 ext. 5223
Email: lesa.marten@navarrocollege.edu

Marissa Santos,
Administrative Coordinator & Academic Advisor

Phone: 903.389.7983
Email: marissa.santos@navarrocollege.edu

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!

ADDITIONAL RESORUCES

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.