During a normal semester, most Bear CLAW employees are hired to work in-person with a set schedule. For fall 2020, all tutoring and consultations will be held online. Only students with verified accommodation needs will be allowed to have face-to-face consultations.
The Bear CLAW has approximately 70 students (graduate assistants and undergraduate students) in the TutorTrac system ready to make appointments and assist online through Blackboard Collaborate. These faculty-recommended tutors and graduate assistants can help students with over 100 subjects listed on our website. Thirty-minute one-on-one appointments are available with a limit of two hours per week per class. Graduate Assistant hours host up to 5 students per session.
If you have students seeking assistance or would like to recommend a potential tutor for your class, contact Dr. Diana Garland, Director of the Learning Commons, at DianaGarland@MissouriState.edu
Writing consultants are working in three modalities this fall. Visit the Center’s page for more information on the methods listed below.
- Preferred Method: Email Consultations
Writers can obtain advice regarding their manuscript through an email consultation. A writing consultant will read and give students an overview of the text’s strengths and weaknesses. These comments will be returned to them as soon as possible. Comments are made using the “Track Changes” feature in Microsoft Word.
- Method #2: Synchronous Support Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
If students prefer to have a real-time consultation, writing consultants will meet them using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
- Method #3: Face-to-Face Support in the Bear CLAW
Some students may need face-to-face consultations to achieve their goals in sessions. These sessions will follow the safety protocols outlined by the Provost’s Office. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
The Presentation Center’s mission is to enhance communication skills and offer helpful advice for students enrolled in COM 115. We provide one-on-one consultations and small group workshops with peer consultants and communication professionals. Students can spend an hour working with one of our trained consultants to tailor their message and delivery while boosting their confidence. Visit the Public Speaking Support page for information or call us at (417) 836-6398.
Course mentors are part of the Bear CLAW’s Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Programming. They’re a series of academic enhancement group sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. Led by Course Mentors, the sessions are provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Attendance at sessions is voluntary. This semester, we’re supporting select AGR, BMS, CHM, DTN, and GLG classes.
If you’re looking for a guest speaker to talk about learning enhancement techniques, citation methods, academic writing, and defeating test stress, we’re offering in-person or virtual workshops.
For more information about the Writing Center, Presentation Center, the Course Mentoring Program, ore the services of the Absent Professor Program, contact Michael Frizell, Director of Student Learning Services.