More Students Take Advantage of Student Learning Center

Published: August 28, 2012

When the Student Learning Center first opened at Queensborough Community College six years ago, about 2,000 students took advantage of its services. This year, that number is expected to approach 10,000.

The Student Learning Center — which officially opens Tuesday, September 4— is welcoming students to stop to meet the tutors and staff members, ask questions and become familiar with the study area.

Student Learning CenterThe Student Learning Center provides free academic tutoring support for all students taking credit-bearing courses with the exception of reading and math needs serviced by the Basic Skills Learning Center and the Math Learning Center, respectively.

“Tutors help students gain academic success by targeting their specific areas of need,” said director Bonnie Cook, who points out that the center has more than 80 tutors from around the world.

"Our diverse student body benefits from working with people who share their ethnic and cultural backgrounds.”

Many tutors are Queensborough alumni who have gone on to advance their academic careers.

“I had a great experience at QCC and want to give back,” said Jennifer Negovetti, ʻ98, who tutors Italian and business courses and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in hospitality at CUNY’s CityTech. “I love the “aha” moment when the solution to a problem becomes clear.”

Maninder Kaur, ʻ08, originally from New Delhi, came to the U.S. in 2006 and has tutored on the subjects of chemistry and physics for 2 years.

“Students return again and again to show us their improved grades on exams and papers, or just to say hello,” she said. Maninder earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2011 from Stony Brook University.

Another member of the Learning Center team, Prakash Prasa, ʻ09, was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. He helps students in the sciences.

“My favorite thing to say to students is, ‘who would’ve thought you’d like this subject as much as you do now’?” Prakash received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2011 from Queens College and will begin a master’s degree program in biology at Mississippi College in January 2013.

Brenda Leong
Student Learning Center