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Volunteer Tutors Available

OMSS and Honors partner to provide extended study hours and assistance

by Published: Nov 13, 2013

Social work major Michele Loney works on her homework and receives tutoring as part of OMSS and the Ferris Honors program’s extended tutoring hours. The extended tutoring is from 5 to 10 p.m. in FLITE 159 and will run until Nov. 30.  Photo By: Olivia Odette | Photographer

Social work major Michele Loney works on her home­work and receives tutor­ing as part of OMSS and the Ferris Honors program’s extended tutor­ing hours. The extended tutor­ing is from 5 to 10 p.m. in FLITE 159 and will run until Nov. 30.
Photo By: Olivia Odette | Photographer

The Ferris State University Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) and the Ferris Honors pro­gram are part­ner­ing up to offer free extended tutor­ing hours to students.

As of Oct. 21 and con­tin­u­ing through Nov. 30, vol­un­teer tutors from the Ferris Honors Program will be avail­able to assist stu­dents in 100 level courses such as Biology, Chemistry, Math and English.

The study tables are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in FLITE 159.

“I could see myself tutor­ing in one sub­ject and seek­ing help in another,” said Ferris hon­ors sopho­more math­e­mat­ics major Nate Klingel. “It’s a great oppor­tu­nity for every­one involved.”

Volunteer tutors are avail­able to any stu­dents on a walk-in basis.

Director of OMSS, Matthew Chaney, is excited about the new ini­tia­tive that pro­motes aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment and stu­dent success.

“Teaming up with Honors prob­a­bly seemed like a nat­ural thing if they were look­ing for stu­dents to help oth­ers with their classes,” Klingel said. “Honors stu­dents love hav­ing vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties so it works out well.”

The col­lab­o­ra­tive effort came after OMSS saw the chance to assist stu­dents fur­ther than the study tables that were already in exis­tence. The OMSS mis­sion is to “pro­mote, sup­port, and com­ple­ment the aca­d­e­mic mis­sion of the insti­tu­tion by work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff to cre­ate and extend stu­dent ser­vices and stu­dent learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties out­side the classroom.”

Ferris fresh­man pre-pharmacy major Marissa Kraut said the extended hours makes her more likely to be able to use the service.

“The tutor­ing cen­ter [Academic Support Center] is great ‚but some­times it’s hard to fit it into my sched­ule,” Kraut said. One of my pro­fes­sors men­tioned the pro­gram in my class. It sounds like some­thing many stu­dents would be able to use.”