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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 24, 2010

Free tutoring available to assist students with midterm preparation

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Talent Development Center (TDC) at Northwest Missouri State University offers free tutoring services to all students on campus, and Bearcats have many resources at their fingertips as midterms take place over the next few weeks.

The TDC provides academic assistance in the areas of exam preparation, course material comprehension, study skills and note-taking strategies. More than 3,000 Northwest students use the TDC's services each year.

Ricky Hicks, a Northwest sophomore and running back for the Bearcat football team, is a returning client of the TDC. He received tutoring in a general education course and said he noticed significant improvement.

"My tutor worked with me on things I was struggling with," Hicks said. "I know my final grade was higher than it would have been and would definitely recommend the TDC to any student who is struggling."

Established in 1986, the TDC employs more than 50 students. TDC tutors, Supplemental Instruction leaders and mentors complete many hours of training each trimester to earn certification from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Eighty-nine percent of current TDC employees have earned certification and the remaining staff members are working toward certification.

"I believe that our services benefit our clients by pushing students to be all that they can be in and out of the classroom," said Madi Chambers, a four-year employee of the TDC.

Last fall, Chambers received Master-level certification in mentoring and tutoring. She is the first TDC employee to ever reach Master-level certification in mentoring and is also the first to receive dual certification at the Master level. Chambers described her work at the TDC as fulfilling and mutually valuable to employees and clients.

"I enjoy helping fellow Bearcats, because I feel that it is a Bearcat's responsibility to lend a helping hand to another," Chambers said. "It's so great knowing that I have made a positive impact on another's life. There's nothing more rewarding than that."

For more information on the TDC, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/tdc . To make an appointment, visit the front desk at 372 Administration Building or call 660.562.1726.

The Talent Development Center (TDC) has been "Making great minds better" for almost 25 years. Studies have shown that students who regularly use the TDC's services are more academically engaged and confident throughout their Northwest experience. The TDC offers a variety of academic services including tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, mentoring, standardized test preparation, note taking skills, time management skills and study strategies.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468