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November 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in necessary adjustments to maintain safety requirements, including reducing the maximum capacity in many spaces, but Shawnee State’s Math Tutoring Lab Services are still available, both in-person and virtually.

Located in Administration Building 150, the lab is free for students and normally walk-ins are welcome, although the maximum number permitted in the room at any one time has been reduced.

Logan Boston, a junior at Shawnee State, has been an integral part of the tutoring lab services here on campus.

This Actuarial Science major from Minford, Ohio has been assisting students in the Math Lab since his freshman year of school. As a math tutor, Boston’s responsibilities range from aiding students with a homework problem, to guiding them to a professor’s office.

“Another duty that I have is helping a student find the answer to a question even if I don’t know the answer,” he said. “That means trying to look it up on the internet or going and asking a professor if one is in their office.”

Logan Boston, pictured in the Math Lab
Shawnee State Junior Logan Boston, pictured here in the Shawnee State Math Lab.

Thankfully, despite the pandemic, the changes in operation for tutoring are not too severe. Like all of the classrooms on campus, there is a maximum number of students allowed in the lab at one time. This change, like many, has proven to be challenging due to the number of students who visit on a normal day. On a regular day for the Math Lab, there could be as many as 40 students who need assistance. Under the new COVID-19 capacity restrictions, the lab can only see about 10 students.

“I love working and helping students in the Math Lab,” Boston said. “The most difficult aspect of the job is staying flexible throughout the various changes due to the pandemic.”

Despite all of the flexibility required, tutors still strongly encourage students to visit the labs if assistance is needed. There are many benefits to seeking out the help of a tutor. Whether getting help on homework, preparing for tests, checking work or helping with papers, there is no reason to not utilize this service offered to students.

The hours of in-person tutoring are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. If you are not able to make it throughout the week, tutoring services host weekend and virtual hours accessible through Blackboard. For more information on tutoring available at Shawnee State University, visit shawnee.edu/math-lab.

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