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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

The Student Success Center offers free tutoring for all credit courses at Prairie State College. All students enrolled in these courses are eligible for no-cost tutoring. While some tutoring is handled by the specific department (i.e., welding and nursing), most are addressed by the Student Success Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a tutor, email Lisa Hansen at ahansen@prairiestate.edu. Please include your first name, last name, ID number, course name and instructor. Also note your preferred availability -- days and times. Review the information about each tutor and indicate if you have a preference. You may also copy your preferred tutor in your email to Lisa Hansen. During the Spring 2021 semester, all tutoring appointments are virtual.

Meet the Tutors


 

Paula Arroyo
Expertise: Biology

Spring 2021 Availability: Varies

 

Maysoon Alissa
Expertise: Math

Spring 2021 Availability: Flexible

 

Steve Cole
Expertise: Math 206

Spring 2021 Availability: Varies

 

Hala Elashmawi
Expertise: Math

Spring 2021 Availability: Flexible

 

Steven Donovan
Expertise: Spanish and Math

Spring 2021 Availability: Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Richard Jesik
Expertise: Astronomy, Chemistry, Electricity, and Chemistry

Spring 2021 Availability: Evenings

 

Sara Wallace
Expertise: Biology

Spring 2021 Availability: Evenings and Weekends

 

Paula Arroyo
Expertise: Biology

Spring 2021 Availability: Varies

 

Oyeyemi Efunkoya
Expertise: Math 085, 090, 095, 151, 165, 171

Spring 2021 Availability: Monday 3-4 p.m. Friday 12-2 p.m. Saturday 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

Constanza Di Bella
Expertise: Statistics

Spring 2021 Availability: Monday-Friday 3-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

Krystle Wigsmoen
Expertise: Business

Spring 2021 Availability: Varies

 

Ricardo Martinez
Expertise: Math 085, 090, 095, 151, 165, 171, 172

Spring 2021 Availability: Monday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday 12:20-2:30 p.m. Thursday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

 

Need help with English, Communications, Psychology or other reading/writing based classes?
Make an appointment with the Writing Center.

Whether trying to avoid failure or achieve honors status, all students can benefit from tutoring. 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.

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.

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.

What happens at a tutoring session?
Essentially, you need to have questions in mind during your 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.

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 or one hour blocks.

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

In addition, recent 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.

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