Learning Resource Center offers help
Bluffton University’s distinctive facilities include the Learning Resource Center (LRC), which provides academic support to students and other members of the university community.
Jacqui Slinger, the center’s director, and Amanda Woolley, its newly hired learning specialist, offer many services at the LRC, which is located on the third floor of College Hall. Generalist and one-to-one tutors are available, as is instruction in study skill-development techniques and preparation for standardized tests, such as Ohio teacher licensure and graduate and law school admission exams.
Students using the center include student-athletes, some of whom complete several hours of study tables each week in the quiet, distraction-free environment. Students with disabilities are also among those who take advantage of the LRC’s services.
“Our work with individual students often involves developing an academic success plan based on personal goals, learning styles and strengths,” says Slinger, expressing her belief that any student can be a successful learner when using the resources available.
The director says she particularly enjoys the satisfaction of assisting a high-achieving student in a difficult course and the ability to support new students who are transitioning to college-level academic work.
“I like studying in the LRC because it’s quiet, and I can concentrate more,” says Sarah Barren, a sophomore from Gahanna, Ohio. “Also, if I am stuck on something, I can go to someone who is working there and ask for assistance. They are happy to help.
“I also love the tutoring in the LRC,” Barren adds. “It has helped me a lot in many of my classes.”
The skills that students can acquire at the center aren’t exclusively beneficial in undergraduate work, either. “I learned that it takes a lot of hard work and support to be a successful college student,” says Will Pope, a 2014 graduate in marketing who was aided by tutors, study tables and individual meetings with Slinger. “I hope to put the skills I gained in the LRC to good use in graduate school soon.”
The center is a good example of Bluffton’s new “Power of Purple” slogan because it partners with faculty, staff and others to help create more well-rounded students, Slinger says.
She encourages all students, regardless of their specific needs, to use the LRC, which is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Claire Clay ‘19
I like studying in the LRC because it’s quiet, and I can concentrate more,” says Sarah Barren, a sophomore from Gahanna, Ohio. “Also, if I am stuck on something, I can go to someone who is working there and ask for assistance. They are happy to help.