The Learning Center
Where your goals and our goals meet
What is The Learning Center?
The Learning Center (LC) exists to help all OCC students succeed academically by providing supplementary academic assistance, writing support, resources, and special needs accommodation. Peer tutoring for all Ozark Christian College courses and writing support are free of charge. We are located in the lower level of the Seth Wilson Library (L12).
To Make an Appointment
Click on the button below to go to the LC's online scheduling program. You will have the opportunity to create an account that will allow you to log on to set up an appointment with the tutor of your choice at time of your choice.
Learning Center Services
The LC is staffed by peer tutors who can 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 LC offers free writing support to all OCC students. Peer tutors are available for 30-minute, face-to-face sessions and can 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 LC. Please see your syllabi for specific instructions regarding make-up work. Any applicable late fees are to be paid in the Business Office, and the receipt presented to the Learning Center staff before make-up work can be completed.
Hours of Operation
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You can contact the LC at 417-626-1234 ext. 2725 or by email at LearningCenter@occ.edu. You can also "like" The Learning Center at Ozark on Facebook to stay informed of appointment openings, online resources, and tips for academic success.
Learning Center Staff
2015-16 School Year
Jessica is the Director of the Learning Center and a faculty member. She helps oversee the daily operations of the Learning Center and its peer tutors, and she gets to teach Composition 1 and 2, Study Skills, and American Literature. She enjoys reading in her spare time, and she thinks that baking is therapeutic.
Natalie is the administrative assistant for the LC, and she manages our front desk. She is a senior working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with a specialization in Administrative Ministry. When she gets the opportunity, Natalie enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes.
||Nicole Esselman, Learning Center Tutor
Nicole is a junior getting an unspecialized Bachelors of Theology. She is an avid movie and music fan, and you can probably find her enjoying one of the two in her spare time.
||Benjamin Jones, Learning Center Tutor
Ben is a junior working towards a Bachelor of Theology in New Testament. Ben is the Youth Pastor at Community Christian Church in Nevada, MO, and loves fine coffees, teas, and other warm beverages. He also enjoys playing guitar, reading books, and writing poetry.
||Malachi Murdock, Learning Center Tutor
Malachi is a senior working toward two degrees with two very different emphases: Psychology/Counseling and Old Testament. During his free time, Malachi is involved with local theater productions, allowing him to further his passion for delivering truth through the creation of fictional characters and worlds.
||Breanna Watt, Learning Center Tutor
Breanna is a senior working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Psychology/Counseling. Breanna's hobbies are varied; she enjoys cooking, practicing her Spanish skills, and doing Pinterest projects.
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Study Skills Class
Through the Study Skills course and the LC staff, students are equipped, encouraged, and mentored academically to succeed at Ozark Christian College. (See FAQs for the conditions requiring enrollment in Study Skills.) The Study Skills course specifically helps new and returning students to develop the following academic skills: goal setting, time management, reading, note taking, memorization, test taking, research, and writing. This course also looks at the intangible components of student success like motivation, dealing with failure, mindset, attitude, and others.
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FAQs for 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?
- Simply click on the button at the top of our page here. It will direct you to our online scheduling program. 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 10 minutes. If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you will need to reschedule.
- How long are tutoring appointments?
- Most sessions last 30 minutes, but you can schedule an hour-long session if you would like to. We recommend hour-long sessions for papers that are longer than 5 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 a charge for printing.
- Does the LC provide paper or pens or GradeMasters?
- No. You will 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 will be given extra testing time and/or a test reader.
FAQs for Study Skills
- My admissions paperwork says that I am required to take Study Skills. Why?
- New students who meet two of the following conditions will be enrolled in Study Skills and will be limited to taking 13 credit hours (including the 1 credit hour Study Skills course).
1. ACT (composite)—17 or below
2. ACT (English)—17 or below
3. High school or college (for transfers)—GPA of less than 2.50.
- Why are some returning students required to take Study Skills?
- If a student's 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 take Study Skills and will be limited to taking 13 credit hours.
- Is Study Skills like a regular college course?
- Yes and no. You enroll for Study Skills just like any other course, you will receive credit and a grade for Study Skills, and you are expected to attend class and complete the assignments given by the instructor. However, Study Skills also has a requirement of weekly tutoring with our peer tutors in the LC. The weekly tutoring is a part of the Study Skills grade.
- I've already taken Study Skills a couple semesters ago, but I'm on Academic Warning status again. Do I have to take Study Skills a second time?
- No. However, you will still be required to participate in weekly tutoring; we call this a tutoring-only requirement. You will be required to meet with the Director of the Learning Center at the beginning of the semester, when you will 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 are not met during your Academic Warning status/tutoring-only semester, you will be placed on Academic Suspension the following semester.
FAQs for Academic Tutoring
- Do I have to pay for tutoring?
- No. It's completely free for any Ozark students enrolled in any Ozark class.
- I’m not in Study Skills, but I would like to meet with a tutor. Is that allowed?
- Definitely! We are 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 highly 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.
FAQs for Writing Support
- 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 are working on; this helps us tailor our feedback to the specific assignment you are working on. You may also want to bring a pen or pencil and some 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.
FAQs for 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. Oftentimes, the professor will contact us with the necessary testing information and passwords. You will need to take the test in our testing room, using our computers, during our regular open 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 will 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.
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Links to Online Resources
Here are some links to online resources that we think are really helpful.
Turabian Style Guide Resources
APA Style Guide Resources
General Writing Resources
Study Skills Related Resources