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Content Tutoring :: Learning Skills Lab :: Additional Information and Staff

During their collegiate experience at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, students may experience some form of academic difficulty with specific academic subjects and/or their basic learning skills. Recognizing this fact, the administration at Clarion has committed institutional resources to the development of the Center for Academic Enrichment.

The center provides comprehensive assistance in reading and study skills as well as in the content areas of specific subjects. It has two components, the Learning Skills Lab and the Tutorial Center.

The prime objective of the Learning Skills Lab is to provide students with instruction in basic learning skills to become independent learners. The Tutorial Center provides supplemental aid to classroom instruction in the content areas.


Content tutoring is for students who are having trouble understanding basic concepts, ideas, or mechanical processes. Assistance is offered in most lower division subjects and in selected upper division subjects.

Most sessions consist of one-to-one instruction or small group instruction. Tutors are undergraduates who have been referred by their respective departments. These tutors participate in extensive training sessions to develop their tutoring skills.

As a result of the staff changing from one semester to the next, the courses that are offered will vary from semester to semester. The Center always provides help in the basic core classes as well as the lower level classes in various subjects.

Click on a button below to find a list of courses for which tutors are available for the following subjects. If a course that you need help in is not listed, please come to the Center and fill out a tutor request form. There may be a tutor that can help you.

Supplemental Instruction (SI):

For Spring 2013, AE will be offering Supplemental Instruction for ED110, ES111, and BIO111. Applications for SI leaders for these three courses are currently being accepted. Please return applications to Joni Kifer @ or 219 Ralston Hall as soon as possible. The job description and application are linked below.

SI Leader Job Description

SI Leader Application

Department for Academic Enrichment
119 Ralston Hall, Clarion University

Phone: 814-393-2249
Fax: 814-393-2368
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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The Learning Skills Lab staff provides many services in the area of learning and study skills for students, faculty, and staff at the university. The lab staff emphasizes instruction in practical study techniques, which can lead to greater academic success.

Students' reading and study skills are diagnosed, and planned program is implemented using a variety of instructional aids as well as personal instruction. Students can receive academic assistance in the following general areas:

Additional areas of assistance include:

  • Vocabulary development
  • Reading comprehension
  • Improving reading rate
  • Critical thinking skills

Services of the Learning Skills Lab are available to both students and faculty. These services are provided to the students through the use of:

  • Individual instruction
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Small group instruction
  • Classroom lectures
  • Study groups
  • Study room

Faculty can utilize facilities and resources to supplement classroom instruction and/or have the lab staff provide basic skills instruction to their students either individually or by classroom lecture.

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Another great aspect of the Learning Skills Lab is the computers. The Lab has 20 PCs. These computers are equipped with Microsoft Office 2007. No appointment is necessary!  All services of the Academic Support Center are available free of charge.

Center for Academic Enrichment
131 Ralston Hall, Clarion University
Phone: 814-393-1691
Fax: 814-393-2368
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Center staff includes: 

  • Ms. Christina Hearst,  Director
  • Ms. Regina Jack, Tutoring and Testing Coordinator

Teaching Faculty includes:

  • Ms. Karen Bingham
  • Dr. James Kole

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