By: Seleste Mills
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The SLAC lab, short for student learning assistance center, is a resource provided by the university designed to help bobcats achieve academic success.
The SLAC lab is located on the fourth floor of the library and provides, “tutoring services, supplemental instruction, learning and study skills workshops, and learning specialist consultations free of charge,” according to the Texas State library website.
Accounting graduate student and SLAC tutor Allyson Thornton said one of the best things about the SLAC lab is the number of students in the same class who are able to help each other.
Thornton said SLAC was somewhat of an organized place for students to study.
Not only are tutors free to students, but also private appointments can be made if a more intimate setting is desired.
Tutors are offered in every subject ranging from business to liberal arts.
Along with tutoring, SLAC lab is in charge of coordinating supplemental instruction (SI).
SI, according to the Texas State website, is “a nontraditional form of tutoring that focuses on collaboration, group study, and interaction for assisting students in undertaking ‘traditionally difficult’ courses.”
The SLAC lab hires a student called an SI leader to lead three one-hour student sessions a week for group study.
SI leaders assist in the more challenging classes offered by Texas State.
The SI leader is typically a student who has successfully completed the course; they sit in on a particular section of classes and take notes just like the students who are taking the class.
SLAC also provides help with writing papers.
Mathematics graduate student Cara Quayle frequently uses SLAC for help writing her papers.
|Students being tutored at SLAC|
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"I love the SLAC OWL. All you have to do is email your paper in, and within a few days, you get it back with corrections on it. It’s so easy and convenient and I never even have to leave home,” Quayle said.
The OWL is accessed from the SLAC website. All you have to do is upload the document to the site and wait for a return within 48 hours.
Along with all the services offered, SLAC has tons of handouts for students.
Construction science management junior Spencer Adamson said, “We have a lot of handouts, like subject area handouts, so if you don’t have time to get tutoring, you can just come grab a handout and that may answer some questions for you.”
The SLAC lab website has a wide variety of resources and tips to help with study skills.
The study skills tab provides streamlined access to reference sheets, online sites, and applications for mobile devices.
Areas covered range from time management and note taking to test preparation and problem solving.
SLAC lab provides a variety of workshops and handouts to help prepare students for standardized tests
such as the GSP and GRE.
Along with those SLAC provides resources and help for the LSAT and law school preparation.
The SLAC lab is open Sunday through Friday.
- · Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
- · Thursday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- · Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- · Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.