Free tutoring services at PAC ensure student success

By Jocelyn Martinez
Pulse Staff Reporter

Palo Alto College student takes advantage of tutoring help.
Photo by Jocelyn Martinez

Palo Alto College provides free tutoring on campus for a number of courses. Not only does PAC provide face-to-face tutoring, but online tutoring, as well, for four different subjects.

Learning Centers help many students on campus pass their classes and expand their knowledge. Students are doing better in school and becoming more organized the more they attend tutoring centers.

Jose Luis Andrade, an Art major at PAC, said, “Every student should take advantage of these opportunities, especially if they don’t have the materials they need at home, such as Internet access, computers, etc.”

Andrade also believes PAC’s Learning Centers and the Ozuna Library are great places to go if you need help on an assignment or just want to spend some free time and read a book. Andrade said tutoring has helped him grow throughout his time at PAC. He visits the library and tutoring centers about two to three times per week. He has never done online tutoring, but he would do so if needed.

PAC offers many types of tutoring resources for students to use around campus and online. The INRW Learning Center, Math Learning Center, Science Learning Center, Writing Assistance Center and the Ozuna Library are a few of the many resources students have here on campus, making it easier for students to pass their classes.

Jessica Aguilar, 18, who has worked as a tutor in the Gutierrez Learning Lab for two semesters, has seen many improvements in students who attend daily.

“Tutoring helps students out. It’s always good to have several people look over your work. Students then begin to recognize their own errors after attending various times a week,” said Aguilar.

Aguilar highly recommends for students planning to visit any of the tutoring labs to go in prepared with their outlines, rubrics and the instructions given by their professors. Going in prepared not only helps the tutor understand what you need help with, but it also helps you stay more organized and on top of what you need to get done for the week.

Tutoring is provided for students on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All tutoring sessions for Writing, English, Math and Science are scheduled at the same time. The Writing Lab is in the Gutierrez Learning Center, Room 102, the Math Lab is in the Gutierrez Learning Center, Room 106, and the Science Learning Lab, is in Frio Hall, Room 111.

Brianna Martinez, a Criminal Justice major at PAC, said, “Attending tutoring labs and going to the library has helped me improve my grades and stop procrastinating on assignments that need to be done.”

Martinez recommends that others seek help when needed and start on assignments ahead of time.

Whether it is online or on campus, tutors are ready to help anyone who is struggling with a course. To learn more about these tutoring centers and free online tutoring, visit

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