Center Creates Success
Nathalie Parkvall, A & E editor Hawaii Pacific University
Behind in a class? Frustrated because you don't understand the teacher
and the homework? Having trouble with a paper - grammar,
organization, or style? Have a math or science problem you can't
There is help: the HPU Tutoring
and Testing Center provides assistance to all registered HPU students,
free of charge. The tutoring is designed to meet individual
needs, and the aim is to help students master basic skills,
develop learning skills, and refine analytical skills in one-on-one
English tutors offer help in speaking
and writing for students in any class that requires a paper or oral
presentation. Students can get help with any paper; simple
essays, professional papers or master's theses. "Tutors are
not expected to do a student's homework, but rather guide them to
their own solution of the problem," said Maria LeRossow, an
English tutor at the center.
For the speaking part of English
tutoring, students can practice conversation, pronunciation, reading ,
and listening. Students also practice oral presentations with
tutors, so they can get feedback on their performance and suggestions
on how to improve it.
"The student can request to
practice in a classroom setting with a tutor, so that the tutor can
focus on the vocal projection, ... use of gestures, or use of
supplementary materials, such as a poster board," Rossow
The Center has language tutors in
Japanese, Spanish, and French, and occasionally Mandarin and German.
Any student who takes a language class is required to see a tutor to
practice conversation, reading, and grammar.
Students who need help in other
academic areas can find tutors in biology, chemistry, economics,
computer science, finance, quantitative methods, math and more,
and computers are available for computer science, economics, and
certain math courses.
The Tutoring Center is not only good
for improving your grade for one specific paper or assignment, but
also for helping you to be successful throughout your education.
"It's not just about getting a good grade for this one thing, but
learning strategies and how to improve on your own when you don't have
a tutor available," said Shalece Moback, manager.
"[Students] improve their grades in the short term..., but they
also learn a lot on how to study better and how to be independent
The Tutoring Center is located on the
6th floor in the LB building on Bishop St. at the downtown campus and
at the windward campus, in the Atherton Library and the Cooke Academic