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Tutoring Fall 2021 

  • In-person Services
      Monday-Thursday: 9am - 2pm
 
  • Virtual Services
      Monday-Thursday: 9am - 7pm
 

West Los Angeles College students are provided free learning support resources and tutoring services through the Learning Center. The Learning Center offers tutoring assistance to all West students in a variety of different subjects, including, but not limited to, writing, math, science, Spanish, and computer science. Tutors are happy to assist students at any stage of their learning and/or assignment process, and tutors are trained provide student-centered tutoring. This means tutors provide a comfortable and encouraging environment for students to learn. Our tutors believe in students’ abilities, building their confidence, respecting their experiences, and placing students in an active role in the learning process. Students are encouraged to visit the Learning Center early and often throughout the semester to help build a strong foundation for success in their courses.

Services we offer:

Online:

  • Live one-on-one or small group sessions with tutors (via Zoom)
    • Live tutoring available via drop-in or appointment 
  • Assignment submission for tutor feedback
  • Tutor-led workshops 
  • Tutor-guided study groups

Onsite:

  • One-on-one tutoring sessions (by appointment)
  • General computer usage (limited availability, 1–2-hour time slots, by appointment)

Courses Available for Tutoring

  • Anatomy: 1

  • Biology: 3, 6, 7

  • Chemistry: 51, 60, 66, 101, 102

  • Communication Studies: 101, 104

  • Computer Science: 101, 116, 216

  • English: 101, 101Y, 102, 103

  • Math: 122, 125, 215, 227, 227S, 230, 236, 241, 241S, 245, 260, 261, 262

  • Microbiology: 20

  • Spanish: 1, 2, 3

 

We also provide general writing assistance/tutoring for any course with a writing component, general math and science assistance for Basic Skills/Academic Preparation courses. If you're curious if a tutor can assist with your course, simply ask!
 
The Learning Center is actively seeking tutors to serve courses not represented on the list above. If we do not have a tutor to assist you with your course, please let Chase Selby, Learning Center Director, know, and check back soon!
 

How to Access Online Tutoring and Book Onsite Tutoring

 
​Starting Fall 2021, all tutoring services will be provided via Penji. Penji is an easy-to-use and intuitive platform to connect students to tutoring services (both on campus and online). Penji allows for students to attend drop-in hours, book appointments, and to coordinate group sessions and study groups.
 
Penji can be accessed via a web browser at: web.penjiapp.com (link)
Penji can also be accessed via mobile app (link) for iOS and Android

 

Quick First-Time Sign-On Guide for Students:

  • At this time, for their initial sign in to Penji, students will be asked to use their student email address (@student.laccd.edu) and be asked to enter a password (it is recommended you use the same password as your SIS student portal)
  • After signing up with their email, students will choose "Learn" to access tutoring
  • Choose "West Los Angeles College" as your campus
  • Enter your name. All other information is optional (note: this process will be made easier in the coming weeks as Penji is further integrated with campus IT)
  • Verify your email address
  • Students will then be brought to the main page on Penji and be able to choose from a list of options to receive tutoring!

Penji quickstart video (link) this video walks students through the intial sign up process outlined above

 

Penji's student help page (link) - this page instructs students on how to navigate Penji

 

NetTutor

All students also have access to NetTutor. NetTutor covers additional subjects that the Learning Center does not, and their tutors may be available during hours where Learning Center tutors are not available. Please keep in mind that NetTutor tutors are not employed by West or the district. It is recommended to seek out NetTutor's services when a West tutor cannot assist. 

Access NetTutor Online Tutoring (link)

 

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

If you have any difficulty accessing our tutoring services, general questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to Live Chat with the Learning Center supervisor who is currently online (see below). Students may also 'Send Offline Message' to email a Learning Center supervisor. If you would like to contact Chase Selby, Learning Center Director, directly, please email: selbyc@wlac.edu

Thank you so much for using our services. The Learning Center seeks to provide the best possible services for West LA College students, and we appreciate you giving us the opportunity to do so.

Note: By using our online tutoring services, you are agreeing to be enrolled in a NONCREDIT Tutor 001T course. This course will appear on your transcripts, but it has NO bearing on your GPA, and no grade is assigned. Your enrollment allows us to report tutoring usage and receive funding to provide you with tutoring services.


Live Chat

To Live Chat with the any of the online staff and faculty, please follow the steps below. 

  • Step 1: Select the “Live Chat” tab on the employee card that is "online"
  • Step 2: Create an account or login to your account
  • Step 3: Wait for pop-up window to appear to start Live Chat

 

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