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The Value of a Good Tutor

How the Tutorial Center Fosters a Healthy Environment for Study and Work
Photo by: Logan Payne
Kyle Wong teaches drop-in math tutoring in the busy tutorial center as embedded tutoring lessons function above on Feb. 21, 2024.

College classes can prove to be quite demanding, especially for students with a handful of courses. It can be easy to get buried in homework, but the Tutorial Center on Fresno City’s campus offers free tutoring for a multitude of subjects, from Biology and Math to American Sign Language.

The tutorial center is located in the library, room Li-134. There are around 60 tutors available for drop-in Math classes alone, according to longtime tutor Gino Gamboni.

“I cover a wide variety of classes, and drop-ins teach whatever type of math students come in with. It’s kind of random, but there’s also Embedded tutoring which focuses on one student and one subject at a time,” Gamboni said.

Students are able to drop in from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and the center closes at 2 p.m on Friday. It’s closed on Saturday, but opens up again on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Drop-in tutoring refers to the public tables/white boards in the Tutorial Center that are always open and busy throughout the week- students can arrive in groups and study under the same umbrellas of Math, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science. 

This collaboration with classmates can make learning more personable- especially considering most of the tutors are active students themselves. And keep in mind that the Tutorial Center also offers online tutoring for certain classes during the week.

It makes sense for students to be hesitant of being coached through even more textbook problems after a 2-hour math class. But there’s a key difference that separates FCC tutoring from tutoring businesses like Mathnasium- the easy accessibility.

The Tutorial Center has scheduled times for even the smallest classes- always free of charge and open throughout the week. Janine Alvine, a Criminology tutor majoring in Administrative Justice can be found at the foot of a whiteboard table; waiting for those that need an extra push.  

“There aren’t many students that come in for Criminology, just because it’s one of the more niche subjects… but when students finally understand something, the look they get, that face of relief just makes it all worth it,” Alvine reflected. 

The tutors are gaining more from this than just human connection; their expertise is being amply paid for by the college. The application to be a tutor can be found digitally on the tutorial services website for those interested. Being a student worker will bring in some extra income, and the title can be used on a resume or scholarship application.

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Logan Payne joins us this semester as an eager reporter, excited to make his mark. Standing tall at 6’5”, Logan makes quite the first impression with his colorful Crocs and signature Seinfeld pants. Don’t be fooled by his fashion though, this reporter is resilient and juggles the many responsibilities that come with five classes and employment at Maya Cinemas. Before joining The Rampage, Logan was involved with the Roosevelt Theater Company for four years where he wrote, directed, acted, and worked backstage for many productions. He’s also a certified linguist who has always loved to read and write stories. Logan has grown very familiar with the cutting room; hours slip away when he video edits due to his perpetual perfectionism. He is well-versed in the art of film and knows that every frame shown and every note heard makes a key difference in the bigger picture. This isn’t his first time in a newsroom either; he’s put together many news packages for Roosevelt High and CART projects over the years and is more than comfortable with conducting an interview or being the handyman on set. Logan can’t work on anything without being meticulous, and this eye for detail makes him a wonderful asset to the team. This is Logan’s second semester as a journalism major here at Fresno City College, and he likes to spend his time on campus productively. When he’s not in class, he’s in the library catching up on schoolwork or building a narrative with his team in The Rampage office.

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