The Ohio State University at Mansfield

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December 16, 2019

Conard Learning Center fuels student achievement

After Amber Funk decided to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield, she learned she had to pass two math classes to get into the college algebra course she must complete for her major.

For someone who struggled with the subject in high school, the news was daunting.

So Funk turned to Ohio State Mansfield’s John Conard Learning Center (CLC), which welcomes students in need of help with math, English, chemistry and other academic challenges that await.

“I’m not sure if I would have gotten the grades I did in those classes if it wasn’t for the tutors helping me there and all the practice exams they have printed out,” said Funk, a sophomore majoring in culinary science.

Located in an addition to Bromfield Library and Information Commons in Conard Hall, the center features two floors of resources, services, computers, study labs and classrooms.

Andrew Mueller, director of the center, said a key offering is supervised free tutoring for all Ohio State Mansfield students.

“We specialize in math and writing tutoring,” Mueller said. “That’s what our highest demand is. We’ll also do study sessions for other courses where it’s needed. We’ll find a student who’s taken that class and done well, and we’ll hire them to provide tutoring sessions for free.”

A writing center on the first floor assists students working on English composition and other papers. The CLC also provides study sessions where students can get tutor help with homework.

The center gets results. The numbers show that.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the writing center served 257 individual students, had 42 percent repeat visitors and provided 709 consultations covering 88 different subjects.

Nearly 96 percent passed their classes.

The writing center also provided 202 first-year writing consultations, with almost 95 percent passing their first-year writing courses.

Beyond writing, the center served 612 individual students covering 128 subjects over more than 10,000 hours. A total of 913 textbooks were checked out, as were 271 calculators.

“I like our numbers,” Mueller said. “I feel like it’s been pretty successful, especially for something where students are coming on a volunteer basis. The big thing is we’re always trying to get more students to come in.”

Jack Hooks, a communications major entering his junior year this fall, said he didn’t expect to have much difficulty with Math 1148, a college algebra course required by his major.

When he “got like a 50 or 60 percent” on his first test, he took the advice of a couple of classmates, joined a study lab at the CLC and finished the class, he said. He wrapped up with an A-minus.

Hooks recommends any student who needs academic help to visit the CLC.

“Just go try for one time, two times before a test and see what the results are like,” he said. “Once you see that difference, you’re going to want to go to all of them.”

Describing herself as “really shy,” Funk said the CLC sessions helped her earn A’s in both of her remedial math classes and gave her confidence heading into Math 1148.

“When I first went there, they have tutors, and they walk around and they ask you if you have anything you need help with,” she said. “You don’t have to do the thing where you have to raise your hand. Someone would walk up to you. It’s easier to be approached for help than to ask for it, and I really liked that. They’re always very understanding about what your problem is.”

Hours for the CLC are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.