The Learning Resource Center is located on the downtown Indianapolis campus and offers two specialized face to face and virtual tutoring centers to support students learning at Ivy Tech Indianapolis.
Welcome to the Learning Resource Center (LRC) of Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana. Providing quality, exceptional service is our priority. We want your experience with us to be enjoyable and rewarding. The LRC offers:
Math and Science Resource Center: Offers assistance with analytical and technological assignments for a variety of subject areas. Our goal is to help students develop and apply critical thinking skills to understand and solve problems connected to math, science, and technology.
Writing Center: Offers assistance with written assignments across all subject areas. Our focus is on helping students develop strategies to work through all points of the writing process and to help students grow as writers.
Each center offers virtual services available via Zoom by appointment. Contact us to learn how we can meet with you.
Students are the central focus of our services. We believe that all students are capable of learning and achieving. We make every effort to create a supportive environment where active learning takes place, and we are committed to fostering a dynamic, effective learning atmosphere.
WHAT WE OFFER: One-on-one tutoring, group tutoring and appointment-based tutoring.
APPOINTMENTS: We are offering both Virtual and On-campus tutoring for all Central Indiana Ivy Tech students. To schedule an appointment with a tutor, see instructions below. Guest students need to email us directly at Indianapolis-MathScienceCenter@ivytech.edu
OUR MISSION: The mission of the Math and Science Resource Center of Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana is to foster active learning in an open and friendly environment. The academic support we provide leads to greater success and higher achievement for our students.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
To schedule your virtual tutoring appointment, use the following steps:
Log into MyIvy
Go to Student > Ivy Advising/Schedule an Appointment
Scroll to the bottom of the list to find The Learning Center
Select a time or tutor to work with, then confirm appointment
We are offering both Virtual and On-campus tutoring
MEET THE TEAM
Sam Sebhatu has a Master of Science in mathematics education from Purdue University and a bachelor degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Asmara, Eritrea. Sam worked as marine biologist in the Department of Research in his native country of Eritrea from 1996 - 2001. He has been in the tutoring profession for over twenty years, staring out in college as a peer tutor. Sam has been a full-time tutor with The Learning Center at Ivy Tech since August 2010. He is now the Assistant Director of the center.
My name is Mark Power, and I am a full-time Math and Science tutor here at the Learning Center. I graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree majoring in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Astronomy. I worked summer internships at GeoEye Space Imaging, which you might know as the company that provides most of the pictures for Google Maps. While there, I was in charge of keeping track of their satellite's current whereabouts, and their projected trajectories. After graduation, I worked some part-time jobs before settling in here at Ivy Tech. I hope to get back into school soon, and eventually complete a Physics Ph.D. program. In the long term, I hope to be a researcher and professor at a major university. In the meantime, I tutor Monday through Friday at the LRC in any level of Math as well as most sciences.
Bruck Mulat is a full-time math and science tutor at the Learning Center. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Goshen College in 2011.
Bruck is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He enjoys playing basketball, soccer and shooting pool. Bruck is pursuing his Master's degree in Statistics at IUPUI.
I am Becky Winnie, AKA Rebecca, and I have been teaching and tutoring the first level math courses at Ivy Tech since 2012. Before that, I tutored and taught full time as TailorMade Tutoring, a business I began in 2002 simply because I love teaching. (TailorMade Tutoring is ongoing as a part time occupation, primarily teaching ATI TEAS prep.) In my spare time, I am slowly renovating my 120-year-old home, and I am actively volunteering in my church.
When my kids were in school themselves, I returned to complete my education and earned a BA in Education, so I am empathetic to the challenges of juggling school, home and work life. Now I have a great diversity of teaching experiences: in public schools and two tutoring business teaching students from 1st grade Reading through college level Calculus, homeschool students and differently-abled students at all levels in a variety of subjects.
If you were to ask students what my strengths are as a tutor, most of them have said that I make math easy, I connect with my students, and I am very patient. It is a priority for me that students understand the material and practice the processes, of course, but students also need to know when and how to use each new skill. In addition, students usually discover how they learn math most efficiently, and that is equally important.
Located in the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center on Ivy Tech Community College's downtown Indianapolis campus, the Writing Center (LRC 102) provides free support to Ivy Tech students at all points of the writing process, regardless of subject area. Our team also provides tutoring in the Learning Center located at the Ivy Tech Lawrence satellite campus.
We believe that everyone is a writer and that writing development is an ongoing, life-long process that we are committed to fostering within the Ivy Tech Indianapolis community.
At the Writing Center, you’ll find writers helping writers. Our writing consultants work one-on-one with students in collaborative, interactive tutoring sessions. Regardless of where you are at in your writing process, you’ll find a friendly and supportive writing tutor who will listen, ask questions, and talk with you about your writing.
Supportive and Collaborative
Everyone is a writer.
All writers can benefit from collaborative tutoring.
Our focus is on helping writers to become more effective and successful communicators as they apply strategies to improve their written drafts.
Writers must maintain ownership and agency over their work.
Effective tutoring sessions are tailored to meet individual writers' uncertainties and needs.
Writing is a social, contextual, and recursive process.
Developing an effective writing process improves final written documents.
The writing process offers some challenges, but with supportive practice and persistence, these challenges become rewarding strengths.
Strategic writers prioritize collaborative feedback at all points of the writing process.
Being an effective writing tutor is an ongoing process and requires regular professional development.
Open, positive, and encouraging spaces are instrumental to learning and writing development.
The Writing Center is a supportive environment where writers can feel welcomed, valued, and respected.
All students possess writing strengths, and they are capable of being effective, successful writers.
We celebrate the unique backgrounds, invaluable expertise, and daily lived experiences that all writers share through their writing.
Tutoring consultations are collaborative conversations, where writers and tutors both contribute questions, ideas, and expertise.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Option 1: Set up via MyIvy
The Writing Center is using Ivy Advising to schedule all tutoring sessions. Students can schedule appointments by following the steps below:
In your MyIvy account, click on the Student tab in the menu located on the left-hand side of your screen.
Click on Advising, then select Ivy Advising / Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor.
Locate Your Services and select Indianapolis Learning Center.
Select Schedule Appointment. When asked what you need help with, select Tutoring.
Select your preferred day and appointment time with one of our writing tutors (John, Laura, or Natasha), then click Continue.
Under Course, click Add a Course, then select the class you want tutoring for. Click Save.
Please add any additional information you want your tutor to know, including information about the assignment you're working on, the types of questions you have, and the deadline for your assignment.
Verify your appointment details and click Confirm.
Option 2: Request via email
If you experience any challenges scheduling a writing consultation through Ivy Advising, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a day and time preference for your tutoring session, and one of our team members will follow-up with you to confirm your upcoming appointment time.
Everyone is a writer, and every writer can benefit from tutoring. We are here to help! Writing is an inherently social process. We research what other authors have previously said, write responses, share drafts for peer review, and make revisions based on the feedback we receive. Writing is an interaction, a collaboration process to effectively communicate our ideas. At the Writing Center, we support writers who are working through the many dynamic phases of this process. We offer:
Free, individualized writing feedback and support
Consultations by appointment or drop-in basis (face to face or virtual 30-minute sessions, one session per day)
We will ask questions, listen, respond as a reader, and demonstrate strategies to improve writing skills
In-person tutoring in the Writing Center (LRC 102) begins August 24.
During a typical consultation, which lasts about 30 minutes, we'll do several things:
Briefly review your assignment prompt and deadline, and ask where you are at in your writing process
Ask about your primary questions or concerns regarding the assignment and your draft
Read your draft together, out loud
Focus discussion and suggested strategies for revision around your primary concerns and other high-priority parts of your draft
Recap your next steps for revision and offer to schedule a follow-up consultation
Virtual tutoring is available in two primary ways:
Synchronous Consultations - These scheduled writing consultations are extremely similar to the sessions that take place in our physical Writing Center, except they occur online using Zoom. Prior to a student's appointment time, they will receive a Zoom invitation link that allows them to access the tutoring session. Within Zoom, students and tutors can share their screens, ask questions, and discuss the writing assignment in live-time.
We believe it is helpful for students to have one-on-one, interactive conversations about their writing with tutors, which is why we recommend synchronous tutoring whenever possible. Because writing is an inherently social and collaborative activity, writers benefit from the opportunity to speak with others--to clarify and expand ideas, to ask questions, and to seek and apply feedback.
Asynchronous Writing Feedback - For students who are unable or who prefer not to use Zoom, the Writing Center can provide asynchronous feedback via email. Students can email a draft of their assignment to email@example.com, along with a description or attachment of the assignment prompt, and specific questions they have about their draft. One of our tutors will respond with written comments and suggestions for revision. It's important to remember that asynchronous tutoring is not a means to "drop-off" a paper to have it corrected. Instead, tutors will offer guidance based on their response as a reader, suggesting strategies to consider during the revision process.
The Writing Center is committed to collaborating with faculty to support students in Ivy Tech classes. Our team is happy to visit any classroom--on campus or virtually--to share information with your students. We offer a variety of presentations to meet the needs of Ivy Tech Indianapolis students. You are also always welcome to bring your students to the Writing Center for a class visit!
Purpose of Class Visit: This brief presentation introduces students to a Writing Center tutor and the variety of services our team offers. We provide promotional materials for students and encourage them to utilize the Writing Center for free writing support.
Ideal Time to Schedule this Visit: Typically conducted in the first few minutes of class, this presentation is most effective at the beginning of the semester or when assigning students their first writing project.
Advanced Preparation for the Class Visit: None
Time required: To be determined by individual instructors
Purpose of Class Visit: If you are planning to provide students with focused work time on their writing assignment, possibly while conferencing individually with them about their work, considering holding that class session in the Writing Center. We have computers and tables that students can use. Additionally, our writing consultants will circulate among the class to provide additional feedback while you work individually with students. This helps introduce students to the support they can receive in the Writing Center and to familiarize themselves with our space.
Ideal Time to Schedule this Visit: This class visit to the Writing Center works well when conferencing with students regarding feedback on their work, or when you are providing focused time for students to work on a written assignment during class.
Advanced Preparation for the Class Visit: Students should have a writing assignment they are working on, but they can be at various points of the writing process.
MEET THE TEAM
Writing Tutor/Lab Coordinator
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, with a minor in business, and a Master of Arts degree in teaching English as a second language, both from the Pennsylvania State University. John is in his twenty-third year as a tutor, nationally and internationally, and he is in his seventeenth year as a writing tutor for Ivy Tech. He shares his theoretical understanding of tutoring by coordinating and presenting tutor training sessions. John is also a member of the Ivy Drive Car Club with Ivy Tech. In the community, he is a member of the Taiwanese American Association of Indianapolis and enjoys photography.
Laura has a BA in Literature from DePauw University. She loves words, books, teaching, and tutoring. Laura managed a fine arts and architecture bookstore in Boston and was a book buyer for the Indianapolis Children's Museum gift shop. Her teaching has ranged from junior high to community college. She taught part-time at Ivy Tech Community College for 27 years, and has enjoyed working with Ivy Tech student writers as a full-time tutor in the Writing Center for over 10 years.
Natasha has worked with student writers at both two- and four-year colleges since 2011. Having served as a writing center consultant and an English adjunct faculty member, Natasha enjoys helping students feel more confident with their writing. She believes writer development is a life-long process and that one-on-one writing consultations are instrumental in fostering students' growth as writers. As a former community college student, Natasha was excited to join the Ivy Tech community in 2017. She holds a master's degree in written communication with a concentration in writing pedagogy and a bachelor's degree in professional writing and communication from Eastern Michigan University.
Ivy Tech Indianapolis Library - Locate articles and books for scholarly research, and connect with librarians using the "Ask Us" or "Chat" tool to discover answers to your questions
Purdue University Online Writing Lab - Provides guidance on academic and professional writing, including information about the composition process, writing in specific disciplines, research and citation help, and strategies for revising and editing drafts
ESL Gold - Contains resources and opportunities to practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English
Dave's Cafe - Under "Resources," provides lessons on frequently used idioms and phrases, and quizzes to practice reading comprehension, grammar, and punctuation usage
What to Expect
What should I bring with me to a consultation?
Please bring your assignment prompt and any writing you've started (brainstorming notes, outline, draft, etc.). When working with research materials, you may also want to bring any sources that you need help citing.
How long are consultations? If I need more help after the session, can I keep working with my tutor or come back later in the day?
Writing consultations typically last 30 minutes and are limited to one visit per day. While we are unable to provide feedback on everything during that time, we try to focus on 2-3 of your primary concerns. Too much feedback at one time can overwhelm writers and limit our ability to focus on higher-priority parts of your writing. Instead, we aim to help you learn and apply strategies for revising your own work--thus empowering students to maintain their agency as writers. Because the Writing Center has a limited number of consultants available to work with students, this policy allows us to consult with more students each day. We encourage students to schedule a follow-up consultation when necessary, as it can be helpful to receive feedback at different points of the writing process.
Will you proofread/edit my paper for grammar mistakes?
No. The Writing Center is committed to supporting and empowering students by helping them develop and refine their own writing skills. Although we will not edit your paper for you, we will talk with you about writing patterns to look out for and strategies that you can use to revise your own work. It's also important to remember that there is more to writing than just grammar and punctuation. Depending on where you are at in your writing process, we may prioritize other concerns and return to questions about grammar during a follow-up consultation.
Can I drop off my paper and pick it up later?
No. The consultants in our Writing Center work one-on-one with students to help them grow as writers. We ask questions, offer feedback, and engage in dialogue surrounding a student's writing and revision plans. We believe this interactive discussion is an important part of the writing and learning process.
My professor said I'm required to visit the Writing Center (or offering extra credit if I visit). How do I let them know that I met with a writing tutor?
After your consultation, your tutor will send a brief email to your instructor to let them know that you visited the Writing Center and worked on an assignment for their class. Students have the option to opt-out of this service.
Can we look at my paper on a computer?
The Writing Center does have some computers available for use during consultations, so you do not need to print a copy of your paper. When campus begins to open back up, we will utilize these work stations to ensure social distancing for both students and tutors. Whether your draft is saved on a portable flash drive or in Google Drive, we can utilize a computer to view your work during a consultation.
Is the Writing Center an open computer lab I can use to work on assignments?
Unfortunately, no. The computers in the Writing Center are reserved for tutoring consultations or scheduled workshops for individual classes. If you need a quiet space to write in our building, there are open computers available for use in the Library.
Can I print my paper in the Writing Center?
Our computers are not currently connected to a printer in the Writing Center. However, the Library (which is just down the hall from us) has two commercial printers that you may print to. We recommend that if you plan to work from a printed copy of your draft, it is best to print the document prior to arriving at the Writing Center for your consultation.
Will tutors help me learn how to use my computer?
When working with specific programs like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, writing tutors can demonstrate how to utilize tools to help you format your writing. However, if you need additional computer technology support, we recommend calling the Ivy Line (1-888-489-5463) to talk with someone in IT or visiting the Math and Science Resource Center for technology tutoring.
Virtual Consultations and Writing Feedback
What writing tutor services do you offer virtually online?
You can learn more about our online tutoring services by clicking here.
How do I share my paper virtually with a tutor?
If you schedule a synchronous Zoom consultation, your tutor can help you "screen share," which allows them to see the draft you are working on. If you would like to receive asynchronous written feedback from a writing tutor, please email your draft, along with the assignment prompt and the questions you have about your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't have a computer. Can I receive tutoring help using a tablet or phone?
Although it may be easier to screenshare and write using a computer, yes, you can download the free Zoom app that's available in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. When your tutor sends the Zoom invitation link for your consultation, simply click on the link to connect with your writing tutor.
My computer does not have a webcam or mic. Can I still get help during a virtual Zoom consultation?
Yes! When you access the Zoom invitation link to join your writing consultation, you will also be provide a number that you can call. This allows you to "dial in" for audio. The Zoom invitation link will allow you to share screens, and calling in for audio will allow you and your tutor to communicate. Zoom also contains a chat tool, which allows you to type questions and comments to your tutor.
How to do I schedule a virtual writing consultation, and what do I do if I need to cancel the appointment?
You can learn how to schedule a virtual writing consultation or how to submit your work for written email feedback by clicking here.
Scheduled Consultations vs. Drop-in Tutoring
How do I schedule a writing consultation?
You can learn how to schedule a writing consultation by clicking here.
Can I drop by the Writing Center to receive help without an appointment?
We always recommend scheduling an appointment for your writing consultation so you avoid potentially longer wait times, especially at busy points of the semester. With additional safety measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting the number of people inside the Writing Center at one time by requiring students to have a scheduled appointment. If you do stop by the Writing Center for drop-in tutoring, our receptionist will help schedule an appointment for you with the next available writing tutor.
What should I do if I'm running late for my appointment?
If possible, please email us at email@example.com so we can let your tutor know you'll be a few minutes late. Your tutor may have another appointment scheduled after you, which can limit your consultation time. If students are running more than 5-10 minutes late, we recommend rescheduling so they can utilize their entire appointment time. Our team will work with you to identify another available tutor who can help you or reschedule your session for a day and time that is more convenient.
What should I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Sometimes students want to reschedule their consultation if they do not get as far as they had planned in their writing. The first thing to remember is that feedback is always helpful--even if that feedback is on a less complete draft. However, we understand that life happens and you may not be able to attend your scheduled consultation. When this happens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so that we can make the appointment available for another student and work with you to reschedule for a day and time that is more convenient.
Policies and Protocols
Can I bring my child(ren) with me to the Writing Center?
Do I need to be an Ivy Tech student to receive tutoring help?
Our team serves the entire Ivy Tech Indianapolis community, including students who are degree-seeking and courses-only, international students, as well as guest students who are visiting Ivy Tech from other colleges and universities. We are happy to support you with your Ivy Tech assignments. At this time, we are unable to provide writing support for community members or tutoring assistance on assignments from other colleges and universities.
I need help with writing, but not for a specific school assignment. Can I still work with a tutor?
Absolutely! Our team can help students who are working on resumes, cover letters, application letters, scholarship applications, etc. Although we believe it is most helpful to work within a specific writing context, we also work with students who want to continue practicing their writing skills, even if they are not focused on a specific class assignment during their consultation.