Jessica Scheuermann, Director of the Learning Center
Jessica is the Director of the Learning Center and full-time faculty. She teaches writing and literature classes and also coordinates the instruction for the College: How To workshops. She is married to Ryan and is a mom to Josh. Jessica enjoys reading the classics and has a weakness for dark chocolate and coffee.
Colton Banks, Learning Center Assistant
Colton is a junior working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Bi-Vocational Christian Ministry with a major in psychology. Colton is our Learning Center Assistant, which means he keeps everything in the Learning Center running smoothly when students need assistance with appointment scheduling or test make-up. In his down time, he enjoys playing sports, reading books, and going on adventures with friends.
Ben Jones, Peer Tutor
Ben is senior working toward a Bachelor of Theology in New Testament. Ben is available to help students with any kind of academic assignment or writing, and he can assist students with Greek, math or science homework. Ben is the youth pastor at Community Christian Church in Nevada, Missouri. He loves playing guitar, reading books and writing poetry. Ben is also a connoisseur of coffees and teas.
Nicole Esselman, Peer Tutor
Nicole is a senior working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with a major in general ministry. Nicole is able to assist students with any academic concern, and she’s available for help with Greek and math homework, too. An avid movie and music fan, you can probably find Nicole enjoying one of the two in her spare time.
Emily Umphreys, Peer Tutor
Emily is a junior working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with a major in psychology and counseling. Emily can help out with just about any kind of assignment, especially those in the field of psychology. She loves to play the piano and guitar, eat ice cream and read books.
Kyle Wederquist, Peer Tutor
Kyle is a fourth-year student working toward a Bachelor of Theology in New Testament and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian ministry with a major in preaching. Kyle is a peer tutor who can assist you with any kind of academic assignment or writing, including math or science. His free time is spent practicing musical instruments, writing songs, and spending time with his wife.
The Learning Center is staffed by peer tutors who provide free academic support and assistance to any OCC students enrolled in any OCC class. Peer tutors can help students study for a test, practice memory work, review class notes and brush up on other academic skills (reading, time management, goal setting, etc.).
The Learning Center offers free writing support to all OCC students. Peer tutors are available for 30- or 60-minute, face-to-face sessions and work with students at any stage of the writing process. Students can make appointments for assistance with brainstorming paper topics, revising thesis language, organizing and developing ideas, refining rough drafts, polishing grammar and punctuation or formatting bibliographic material and footnotes.
Missed tests, quizzes and memory work can be made up in the Learning Center. Specific instructions are listed in course syllabi, and any applicable late fees are paid in the Business Office. Students must present receipt of payment to the Learning Center staff before make-up work can be completed.
College: How To Workshops
Through the Learning Center’s College: How To workshops, students are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed at Ozark. The workshops are open for any Ozark student to attend and cover a range of topics, such as goal setting, time management, note-taking, and test preparation.
General LC Services
Do I need to make an appointment to meet with a tutor?
It's not required, but it is recommended. An appointment secures your spot with a tutor. We are happy to take walk-ins if we have open spots on our schedule.
How do I make an appointment?
Schedule an appointment here. First-time users will need to create an account using their student email address. After registering, simply enter your email address and the password you created to log on to the system and set up an appointment for the tutor and time slot you desire.
I made an appointment but then forgot to come. How can I reschedule?
Just log on to the online scheduling system to make a new appointment.
If I’m running late, how long will you hold my spot for me?
We can only hold your spot for ten minutes. If you're going to be more than ten minutes late for your appointment, you'll need to reschedule.
How long are tutoring appointments?
Most sessions last 30 minutes, but you can schedule an hour-long session if you'd like. We recommend hour-long sessions for papers that are longer than five pages.
Can the LC print out a paper for me?
No, but you can take a memory stick up to the computers in the Library and print from there. The printer is located behind the circulation desk, and there is no charge for printing.
Does the LC provide paper or pens or GradeMasters?
No. You'll need to bring these supplies with you when you come to the LC. You may purchase those items in the school bookstore.
I have been granted a testing accommodation. Where do I go to take my tests?
Either call the LC or come by to schedule an appointment to take the test. Depending on your specific accommodation, you'll be given extra testing time and/or a test reader.
Do I have to pay for tutoring?
No. It's completely free for any Ozark students enrolled in any Ozark class.
I’m not required to participate in tutoring, but I'd like to meet with a tutor. Is that allowed?
Definitely! We're here for all Ozark students! Simply log on to the online scheduling program or stop by the LC to schedule an appointment with one of our peer tutors.
I'm in a class at Missouri Southern or Pitt State or Crowder, and I need help with that class. Can I make an appointment with a tutor at Ozark's Learning Center for that?
We recommend that you contact the academic support services at your other college for assistance with that class. The Ozark LC is only designed to help students enrolled in Ozark classes.
I don’t need tutoring every week, so can I just see a tutor when I need help with an assignment?
Absolutely! While some students want to meet with our tutors on a weekly basis, we love to help students with individual assignments or projects or academic skills, too. Just let us know when you schedule your appointment what you would like assistance with.
What should I bring with me to my tutoring appointment?
We recommend bringing the assignment or project that you would like assistance with. We also recommend that you bring your instructor's syllabus and any notes you have taken in class. Our peer tutors will use those to set the course for the session. If you need help with course reading material, we also recommend bringing your course textbook with you. You may also want to bring pens or pencils and paper or your laptop with you to the appointment.
I’m working on my Principles of Interp project, and I need someone to look at it. Can I bring the whole thing in?
We would strongly urge you to get help on your Principles project throughout the semester. We aren't really able to provide feedback on an entire project, but we would be more than happy to help you with items such as an individual word study or research for historical context.
Do I have to pay for someone to help me with my paper?
No. It’s completely free for all Ozark students.
Can I just drop my paper off for proofreading?
Sorry, but no. We can't help you improve your writing skills if we are just making correction marks on your paper. We set up face-to-face sessions because students become better writers when they have a chance to discuss their writing with and get feedback from someone else.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Obviously, you will want to bring your paper with you, in whatever form it is in (rough draft, handwritten notes on scratch paper, final draft, etc.). Please bring your professor's assignment guidelines for the paper you're working on. This helps us tailor our feedback to the specific assignment. You may also want to bring a pen and paper to take notes on as you work with the tutor.
Can you tell me what grade you think I will get on my paper?
No. Only your instructor can do that.
Why did the LC staff recommend an hour-long session for my paper?
We find that most students who are working on 2-5 page papers can have their writing concerns addressed in about 25-30 minutes. However, for longer papers, it may take you and the tutor closer to an hour to work through your concerns. Remember that part of your session will simply be spent reading through the paper.
Academic Status and the Learning Center
My admissions paperwork says that I am required to take participate in academic workshops and tutoring. Why?
New students who meet two of the following conditions will be required to attend at least 5 workshops, participate in tutorings and will be limited to taking 13 credit hours.
- ACT (composite)—19 or below
- ACT (English)—17 or below
- High school or college (for transfers)—GPA of less than 2.50.
Why are some returning students required to participate in academic workshops and tutoring?
If a student's institutional/cumulative GPA falls below 1.670 during the first 59 earned hours or 2.000 once 60 hours are earned, he/she will be placed on Academic Warning. While on Academic Warning, the student will be required to participate in College: How To workshops and tutoring and will be limited to taking 13 credit hours.
Are the College: How To workshops like a regular college course?
No. You get to choose the workshops that you would like to attend. Remember that if your academic status requires your participation, you need to attend at least 5 of them. Attendance records will be kept because your academic status depends on your participation in the workshops. At the end of the semester, the Academic Dean’s office and the Registrar’s office will be notified of any students who do not meet the workshop attendance requirement.
I've already taken Study Skills a couple semesters ago, but I'm on Academic Warning status again. What do I do now?
You will be required to participate in weekly tutoring; we call this a tutoring-only requirement. You'll be required to meet with the Director of the Learning Center at the beginning of the semester, when you'll discuss your academic goals, set up a weekly tutoring time with a peer tutor and sign a contract outlining the conditions of your enrollment status. If the conditions of the contract aren't met during your Academic Warning status/tutoring-only semester, you'll be placed on Academic Suspension the following semester.
Make-up Tests and Test Proctoring
Can I pay the $10 test make-up fee in the LC?
No. You will need to pay this fee in the Business Office and bring us the receipt as proof of payment. You may pay the Business Office with cash, check or debit card. You cannot charge the fee to your student account.
Do I have to pay the $10 fee for memory quizzes?
No. There is no charge for memory work.
I'm taking an online Ozark class, and the instructor says I need to find a proctor for the exams. Can you do that?
Yes. Inform your professor that you would like to take your exams in the LC. Often, the professor will contact us with the necessary testing information and passwords. You'll need to take the test in our testing room, using our computers, during our regular hours.
I'm taking an online class at another college. Can you proctor exams for other schools?
Yes. However, each college will have its own proctor requirements, so discuss this with your instructor and bring us the necessary information to set up communication with your instructor. We ask that you take the test in our testing room on our computers. You'll need to take your tests during our regular open hours.
Can I use my own computer to take online tests?
No. For security reasons, we require students to use our computers that are set up in the testing room.