Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab

Two GRCC nursing students standing and reading over a book together

 

THE HEALTH SCIENCES RESOURCE AND TUTORIAL LAB AND COMPUTER LAB ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  ALL SUPPORT SERVICES HAVE MOVED TO AN ONLINE FORMAT.  PLEASE CONTACT THE TUTORIAL COORDINATOR VIA PHONE (616) 234-4320 OR EMAIL jboelens@grcc.edu TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE.  **  

Hours for tutoring are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

This is subject to change as the GRCC Administration continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and make adjustments to schedules.

**  As we move to an online only platform, you may find yourself in a situation you’ve never been in before. How do I succeed in an online classroom? Here are a few hints:

  1. Make sure you are checking your school email on a daily basis for updates or announcements. Things are changing so quickly right now that I would actually recommend you check a couple of times a day – perhaps when you get up in the morning and again before you go to bed.
  2. Do not hesitate to reach out to your professor with ANY questions you might have. We are all aware that this is a change for many students. You signed up for a face to face class and now you are being forced into a modality you didn’t sign up for. But please give your professor some grace here, and know that while we’re doing everything we can as quickly as we can, we may not get back to you immediately.
  3. Which is the perfect segue to my next piece of advice. Make sure you aren’t waiting until the last moment to complete your assignments. You may run into any number of technical issues or questions. Don’t expect that your instructor is going to be able to get back to you with only an hour or two before a deadline. Please look at your assignment early.
  4. Know your deadlines. Professors have given you a syllabus and schedule, but, again, things are changing rapidly. Assignments and deadlines might be changing. It is your responsibility to keep up with these changes. Again, check your email, check Blackboard, and keep on top of things.
  5. Technical issues happen when it’s least convenient. If you can, complete your assignments on Word, Google Docs, Pages or some other platform so you can save your work as you go. Once you have your answer the way you want, copy and paste it into Blackboard, if needed. That way you won’t have worked for an hour on an assignment only to lose everything if it crashes.
  6. PLEASE CONTACT IT IF YOU HAVE TECHNICAL NEEDS.

We are here for you. We want you to succeed. We’ll get through this together.

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The information below is not applicable during the COVID-19 online format delivery time.

The Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab is a tutorial center for students studying all nursing, radiology, occupational therapy and dental courses offered at GRCC, as well as students in Workforce Development health programming.

Students may use this lab to study, practice skills during set practice times, work on assignments for classes and seek tutorial assistance. This is an active learning center supporting course study groups and student tutoring. Tutoring services are offered by appointment. Please contact us at (616) 234-4320 or jboelens@grcc.edu to schedule an appointment.  The main tutoring offices can be reached at (616) 234-4145.

The Health Sciences Computer Lab is an open Computer Lab and may be used for necessary computer needs (except during classroom testing times).

Cook Academic Hall - Room 401

Open Computer Lab - Room 402

*The Health Lab is closed weekends and holidays

Resources

The Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab offers a range of resources to help students succeed.

To access the Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab Blackboard tools (if your course has been identified as a course supported in Blackboard), go to My Organizations, click on Health Sciences Resource and find your class on the left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find answers to the questions most frequently asked about the lab.

What is the Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab?

The Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab is a drop-in center for students studying in health programs at GRCC. The primary purpose of the lab is to offer an active learning environment which encourages students to become independent learners. Students may use the lab to study, practice skills, and work on assignments for class. The lab strongly encourages students to form course study groups and supports these groups through peer and professional tutoring. The lab also offers practice problems, handouts, practice tests, and a Blackboard website to assist students.

How much does it cost?

Tutoring and the use of the study lab and computer lab is a free academic support service offered by GRCC (there is a fee for printing materials).

Where is this lab located? Can I just walk in at any time?

Yes, students can go to Cook Hall, room 401 for tutoring during open lab hours for the following courses: AD110 and PN110, NUR115; others courses by appointment only.

When is the lab open?

Lab hours can be found above in this Health Lab website. Hours vary by semester.

What should I expect from tutoring?

A tutor is not a substitute for your teacher. You are expected to attend class regularly. Prior to a tutoring session, read your textbook and complete as much of your homework as possible. You will get the greatest benefit from tutoring if you come to the lab with questions about reading assignments or homework that you did not understand. You should bring your textbook, class notes, old test papers, class handouts, etc. A tutor provides expertise, experience and encouragement. We do not provide "answers," but rather assist in problem solving and helping students find their own answers.

Do I need to have a specific question to use the lab?

No, you can use the lab as a study area, or to work in small groups. When you have a question, we try to help.

Do I need to make an appointment?

It is best to make an appointment so that a tutor with knowledge in your content area is available and dedicated to that time for you.  Some classes will serve drop-in tutoring and questions.

Why do we have to swipe in with our RaiderCard?

Our budget is justified by how well our services are used. The swipe-in process helps us keep good records of lab usage. In addition, we use this information to identify ways that we can improve our services.

Is the lab equipped with computers?

Yes, the lab has 40 computers. We also have a black and white printer for printing, copying, and scanning, and a multi-function color printer available for your use in the Business Lab, room 201 in Cook Hall.

What software applications are installed on the computers?

We have the following applications installed in room 402:

  • NCLEX-RN 4000
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Other helpful sites

May we eat in the Health Sciences Lab?

The purpose of the Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab is for academic use. There are many areas around campus where students may purchase food and eat. Students may eat quietly in the tutorial side of the Health Lab if they are studying or part of a study group and are in-between classes. No food or beverage is allowed in the Computer Lab area.