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Student Success Center/Tutoring

Contact Information

Alysse (Lisa) Hansen, Manager, Student Success Center and Testing
Phone: (708) 709-3507
Office: 2635

Hattie Gipson, Receptionist
Phone: (708) 709-3663
Office: 2643

Edward Coleman, Computer Lab Facilitator
Phone: (708) 709-7792
Office: 2645

Evening Receptionist
Phone: (708) 709-3663
Office: 2643

What is the Student Success Center?
The Student Success Center (SSC) is a well-equipped facility located on the second floor of the main campus that provides individualized and small group tutoring. With support, students can improve their academic skills. Tutoring reinforces motivation and supplements classroom instruction. Our philosophy is that every student can learn.  Please visit our FAQ page.

The following services are free to all PSC credit students with a current PSC ID card:

  • Tutoring
  • Computer lab, equipped with more than 50 PCs and three Macintosh computers with up-to-date software, with assistance always available
  • Study skills workshops and audiovisual library
  • Subject area handouts such as math reviews, grammar tips, research paper (MLA & APA), study skills, time management and Internet information
We offer assistance in mathematics, writing, reading, and science, and other college subjects. For more information, call (708) 709-3663 or visit the SSC in Room 2643. It is located on the second floor at the north end of the main building.

Where is the Student Success Center and when is it open?
We are located on the second floor on the far north side of the building.
Hours vary for the various services during the semesters.

Tutoring Schedule: Professional Tutoring - Math and Science, Other Subjects: By Appointment 

View STEM Calendar  View Math Calendar

Day Lab Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
For tutoring appointments other subjects, send an email to ahansen@prairiestate.edu with the following information: Your Name, ID #, Telephone #, Email Address, Course, Instructor, Date(s) and Time(s), Available/Requested.

Make-up Testing (Room 2639)

Hours of operation begin, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Check schedule outside 2639 for weekly schedule. 

A valid PSC ID OR a State Issued Picture ID and a copy of your current schedule is needed to take an exam.

Monday Dorothy: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Becky: 4 - 8 p.m.
Tuesday Heather: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m Becky: 3 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday Heather: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Becky: 3 - 8 p.m.
Thursday Heather: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Becky: 3 - 8 p.m.
Friday Dorothy: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Saturday By appointment only  

What services are available if my students need tutoring?
Whether trying to avoid failure or achieve honors status, all students can benefit from tutoring in Student Success Center. The main focus is to provide individualized and small group tutoring to improve skills, reinforce motivation and support classroom instruction.

The Student Success Center staff is composed of part-time faculty, educators, and peer tutors who are trained to meet students' needs and to help them achieve their potential.

Are any other services offered?
Printed handouts for English, math and study skills are available in the tutoring area. In addition, study skills videos, such as time management and test-taking techniques, are available for viewing by students or groups. The center also offers links to online resources for Math and English.

Is there a student-dedicated computer lab?
Yes, an open computer lab is part of Student Success Center's services (located in Room 2645). It includes a library of computerized learning programs for students needing review or reinforcement in a particular academic area, word processing program, other course-related software and access to the Internet. No computer experience is needed to use the lab facilities; assistance is always available.

The PSC Library and the Learning Achievement Center (LAC) also have computer labs open to PSC students.

Are there any specific workshops available to help students succeed?
The Student Success Center periodically conducts workshops on various topics of interest to students. Topics include: grammar reviews, nursing skills, math anxiety, research papers, study skills and time management.

What are the cost of services provided by the Student Success Center?
All services are free to currently enrolled Prairie State College credit students.

Innovative Exam Kiosk
The Innovative Exams Kiosk will now be housed in room 3211.

Innovative Exam Kiosk
The Innovative Exams Kiosk will now be housed in room 3211.

Online Resources

Online Math Resources

Online English Resources

All Disciplines

Frequently Asked Questions

What Tutoring Does the SSC Offer?
We offer tutoring in many different areas - math, English, writing, reading, chemistry, physics, biology, and Spanish are only a few areas in which we have tutors. Just ask us.

Do students need a referral from a professor?
No! It's entirely your choice to come see a tutor - if you feel like you need extra help or are having trouble understanding a concept or need help writing a paper, come to the SSC and request a tutoring appointment.

Is there a fee for tutoring?
No! If you are a Prairie State credit student, tutoring is free. You can get up to an hour of tutoring every week in each subject you are taking free of charge.

How do I get a tutor? What do I need to do to sign up?
Come to room 2643 or email Lisa Hansen at ahansen@prairiestate.edu. We will have you fill out a form and get you signed up for an appointment.

What happens at a tutoring session?
Essentially, you need to have questions in mind when you come to a session. Where are you having problems? What do you not understand? The tutor will help you with these concepts.

How long does it take to get a tutor after I submit my request?
We will try as hard as we can to get you in as soon as possible to see a tutor. Remember, tutoring is by appointment - so get in early to sign up.

Where do I meet my tutor?
In the SSC - if you are unsure of who your tutor is, ask. We will be glad to introduce you to your new tutor.

What happens if I miss my appointment?
Please try to make your appointment if you schedule one - or call to cancel (708) 709-3663. The time you have signed up for has been set aside for you - so calling early to let us know you cannot make it will allow us to free up that spot for another student.

Who is eligible for tutoring?
If you are currently taking credit or developmental courses at Prairie State College you are eligible for free tutoring.

How long are the sessions?
We schedule appointments for half-hour blocks.

Does tutoring really help?
YES! A survey of students using the tutoring services was taken and we received high marks.

  • 100 percent of the students who used tutoring felt their grade improved in the subject that they received tutoring.
  • Over 60 percent would have withdrawn from the course without tutoring help.
  • 100 percent would recommend the SSC to their friends.
  • Of those returning in the spring semester, 100 percent said they would return to use the SSC's services.
In addition, Fall 2013, data analysis showed:
  • 72 percent of the students who sought tutoring successfully completed course work with a grade of C or better.
  • 81 percent of the students either registered for another semester of classes at PSC or graduated.