Center Helps Students to Succeed at MHCC

Posted: August 9, 2012

Student tutor Elizabeth Anderson (left) helps Jen Mathews with tricky pre-calculus problemsMt. Hood Community College (MHCC) offers a variety of outstanding resources to help students succeed. One such resource is the Learning Success Center, a welcoming and warm environment for all students in credited classes and English as a Second Language (ESL) non-credit classes.

On the mezzanine level of the Library, visitors find the Learning Success Center by walking amid cubicle dividers and past white boards into the main tutoring area. There, rows of tables are equipped with signs proclaiming: Chemistry, Math 60, Biology, etc. Blackboards line the surrounding walls and tutors weave among the tables offering help whenever a student raises a red flag, signaling that he or she needs some assistance.

“The Learning Success Center has really helped me,” says Trevor Derek, an MHCC student. “I can go to a tutor about material I didn’t understand during the lecture and they know how to break it down for me.”

Students can form informal study groups and help one another with homework and class projects. “There’s a mixture of professional tutors and student tutors,” says Megan Jones, a tutor. “And most of the tutors have already taken the classes people ask about; therefore, they can relate and give helpful advice and tips.”

Establishing Good Study Habits

Tutor Levi Casey (left) assists Cari Cannefax with math.Step outside the main tutoring area and walk down the hall and you will find a fully equipped computer lab open to all students. Next door is a tutoring center where students can receive help in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, American Sign Language and other languages.

The learning specialists take pride in teaching students good study habits. They help with effective ways to read a textbook, take class notes and manage time. All students are welcome to make appointments with their desired specialist.

“The specialists are not just there for students but for faculty as well,” says Larry Gilius, Learning Success Center coordinator, who specializes in writing and English language learners. “Our mission is to support the academic function at the college and work closely with faculty and students.”

Throughout the academic year, the Learning Success Center holds weekly seminars and also offers help on a variety of topics, including how to succeed in college while raising a family.

For more information about the Learning Success Center, please call the front desk (503- 491-7108) or visit

By Amber Patton  

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