The Learning Centers support the classroom experience by providing individual assistance, learning technology and other resources for students, and support services for faculty. We promote a positive and confident attitude toward learning. We offer an environment designed to help students take responsibility for their learning, learn efficiently, persist in their efforts to reach academic and career goals, and achieve academic excellence. Our secondary mission is to make our resources available to staff and community. There are Learning Centers on the Roane County Campus (second floor of the Library), the Cumberland County Campus (Rm. 152), and the Oak Ridge Branch Campus (in the Library). Visit our web site at http://www.roanestate.edu/learningcenter or call tollfree at 1-866-462-7222 ext. 4677 or 865-882-4677.
Tutoring in Math, Science and Other Disciplines - The Learning Centers provide tutoring in a variety of disciplines. Students can check the schedule for available tutors that is published on the Learning Center website, distributed around the campuses, and posted outside the Learning Centers. The software that accompanies the college’s math courses is loaded on Learning Center computers and is available to students.
Writing Help - Each center offers the following help to students: Writing consultations are available by appointment for one-to-one interaction with individual writers. The writing consultants (usually the director or a student writing tutor) do not edit or proofread writing assignments. When working with students, they focus on rhetorical and logical principles. Students are introduced to models of excellence in writing and challenged to think clearly and critically. We look for patterns of error and stress solid organization. To make an appointment, students may come by the centers or call 865-822-4677 in Roane County, 865-481-2026 in Oak Ridge, or 931-456-9880 in Cumberland County.
The RSCC Online Writing Lab (OWL) - It contains a number of online documents that students can access to help solve their writing and research problems. The documents include brief instructions for writing essays in various rhetorical modes, along with student samples; guidelines for writing research papers; help in using MLA style and quotations; tips for conducting interviews and for keyboarding; help with organization and writing introductions and conclusions; and information on conducting research on the Web. The OWL also includes a wealth of information for faculty, including links to other OWLs and professional sites across the country and to Web assignments. It can be accessed at http://www.roanestate.edu/owl.
Online Tutoring - The Learning Centers also provide free online learning assistance for Roane State students through SMARTHINKING.COM. SMARTHINKING provides online tutoring in Mathematics (Basic Skills - Calculus II), Writing, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, Accounting, Economics, Introductory Finance, Spanish, and Statistics. Online Math tutors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the school year.
Group Study Rooms - Students may sign up to use one of the Group Study Rooms located on the Roane County, Oak Ridge or Scott County campus.
TV/VCR Use - Students may use TV/VCR set-ups in the Learning Centers to watch course-related videos.
Computer Use - Each center is equipped with computers that have Microsoft Word, Excel, and other Microsoft products. Center staff members provide free basic computer instruction. It is not necessary to make an appointment to use a computer. The centers also provide RaiderNet access.