The Learning Center
Enhance your learning.
The Learning Center (TLC) is here to support your education by providing the resources you need to succeed outside the classroom.
Whether you’re looking for tutoring, workshops, or other academic resources, our team of student assistants, peer and graduate tutors, and knowledgeable faculty and staff are ready to empower you to make the most of your academic experience at Skyline College.
Find the resources you need to get through your education and on to your future!
Make An Appointment
Please fill out the Peer Mentor Service Request to give your Peer Mentor some preliminary information on what you would like assistance with – this will allow for your mentor to be more prepared to help you.
All tutoring at the Learning Center is done through the Learning Center Labs in a variety of subjects:
- Writing and Reading Tutoring is offered through the Writing and Reading Lab which assists students with any reading or writing assignment in a non-ESOL Skyline College course.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutoring is offered through the ESOL Lab which provides tutoring for students enrolled in ESOL courses and materials for students to practice the English language.
- World Languages support is offered through one-on-one tutoring to support Spanish classes, and conversation groups that support areas such as American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and Tagalog.
- Math Tutoring is offered through the Math Lab for students enrolled in all levels of math (from Math 811 to Math 275).
- Science, Social Science and Business Tutoring is offered through the Science, Social Science and Business Lab which provides tutoring in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in addition to Accounting, Economics and Business courses.
Supplemental Instruction is designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses through group learning sessions.
Sessions are facilitated by student leaders who have previously successfully completed the targeted course and have received comprehensive training.
During a typical session, students engage in collaborative learning, compare and clarify lecture notes, review textbook readings, and discuss key course concepts. Student leaders do not lecture or replicate the work of faculty.
The Learning Center offers Academic Skills Workshops on a variety of educational topics throughout the year.
Make sure to check the workshop schedule for upcoming sessions.
Who can use The Learning Center?
Students who wish to use tutoring services at any Learning Center Lab must enroll in one Learning Skills (LSKL) Class. Learning Skills are not graded and students can choose between:
- LSKL 803: A free, repeatable class with zero units that is non-degree applicable
- LSKL 800: A pass/no pass class with your choice of 0.5 or 1.0 units of credit
- 0.5 units = approximately 1.5 hours per week spent using Learning Center resources
- 1.0 unit = approximately 3 hours per week spent using Learning Center resources”
- For each .5 unit that you are enrolled in your LSKL 800 class, you will need:
- A minimum of 24 hours of verified Learning Center visits
- Three completed Directed Learning Activities (DLA) to receive a grade of Pass (P) and full credit at the end of the semester (48 hours and six DLA’s for 1.0 unit)
What if students just need to print?
Priority use of computers and printing is for students who are enrolled in a Learning Skills (LSKL) course. Students can access printing and photocopying in the library without signing into a computer or enrolling in an LSKL course. The Library is located directly above the Learning Center in Building 5.
How do students print?
Students buy a print card from the machine near room 101 (next to the copier). 1 card is .50 and comes with two prints. The cards can be recharged at the same machine. The cards are also used upstairs in the library (there is another machine there).
Students must click "print" and a print window will open on the desktop. They must type their name in the box and click "Print." They go to the print station and insert their card. They will see their print job there - they click and it prints.
Why do the computers sometimes refuse to print?
Occasionally, the client that connects printing goes offline and has to be rebooted. Instructions for this are in one of the drawers at the front desk and below. You'll likely do this enough times that you'll get to know the procedure well:
- Go to Start>Computer>C drive
- Click on the PopQuest folder
- Find the blue PopQuest icon (it looks like a computer) and double-click it.
- Tell the student to retry the printing process.
Peer Mentoring is designed to help students maximize their educational experience and have a fulfilling and successful education at Skyline College in a one-on-one and group setting. Peer Mentors assist students through the obstacles that arise during the semester to help students create positive and effective habits that lead to academic, professional, and personal success. Peer Mentors are here to provide a positive environment to help ease the adjustment to college life!
Benefits of being a mentee?
- Improve study skills
- Improve time management skills
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Develop positive daily routines and habits
- Adjust to college culture
- Increase sense of belonging