Calvin Wong ’15 (accounting) spends 20 hours a week helping other students. He’s a tutor at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, specializing in accounting, and his goal is to see improvement among the students he works with. “I see the same students quite often, and it is really great to see them progress,” he says.
The tutoring center is located in the West Pavilion of Mihaylo Hall and offers help on accounting, business writing, economics, finance, and information systems and decision sciences. The center is open 36 hours a week, including two hours a day of Skype sessions for ISDS. It runs through an appointment system, and students may conveniently book online with any available tutor. “Being able to make an appointment online is really convenient and ensures that I get the help that I need,” says Christian Martinez ’16 (management).
The tutors are students hired through career center job postings. Tutors must be great communicators, problem solvers, and must maintain a professional attitude at work. The center also looks for students that are able to tutor in multiple subjects for more flexibility. Many of the tutors are students that are highly involved within Mihaylo College and have been with the center for multiple semesters. “As I spend more time with my students, they begin to see me more as a friend instead of a superior,” says Wong. “I’ve also helped one student figure out what he wanted to do in the future and it is really rewarding to know that I am making an impact on them.”
Martinez attributes his success in his financial accounting course to the tutoring center. “I visited the tutoring center before every exam,” he says. “The tutors were patient and really helped me understand the material.”
Emeline Yong, assistant dean of Mihaylo College, looks forward to this upcoming semester because it will be the first semester that business writing and economics will hold student instructional (SI) workshops. SI workshops are optional classes that students can attend outside of their lecture class for additional help with a student assistant. The student assistant attends both the lecture class and the workshop, so he or she will be aware of exactly what concepts have been covered in the class and what needs to be reviewed. SI workshops were previously only available for information systems classes and have been successful. She hopes that providing more workshops in additional subjects will help students progress even further.
Yong began as a counselor in the University Career Center before she was promoted to assistant dean in 2006, and she is responsible for working with the student clubs and helping to solve student issues. She has worked alongside organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi to help organize their end-of-semester review sessions. Aside from student affairs, she plays a large role within the college by overseeing the Mihaylo Tutoring Center.
“The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I have the best job in the college,” says Yong. “I get to work directly with some amazing students and see how much they’ve grown.”