Helping High School Students at the Learning Center

Joe Cesta (left) tutors Westhill junior Jeanne Bergett (right) in OCC's Learning Center.

Joe Cesta (left) tutors Westhill junior Jeanne Bergett (right) at OCC’s Learning Center.

“What direction is the electric field from this source,” physics tutor Joe Cesta asked? Student Jeanne Bergett paused a moment before answering correctly. Another tutoring session was underway in OCC’s Learning Center, the beautiful two-level facility located in the Gordon Student Center. What was different about this session was that Bergett wasn’t a college student. She’s a junior at nearby Westhill High School.

Bergett was taking advantage of a new program which gives high school students the ability to get tutored free of charge in the Learning Center. She began sessions here when she was struggling in Physics 103. “It helped a lot. It made a huge difference in how well I did,” she said. Bergett has moved on to Physics 104 and is continuing to enjoy the help she gets.

Cesta is one of the many highly-qualified tutors helping both high school and college students at the Learning Center. He graduated from the OCC in 2012 with a degree in Engineering Science and tutors students in physics and calculus. The success he’s experiencing as a tutor has him rethinking his career choice. “I’m considering earning a master’s in physics and becoming a teacher. Tutoring keeps the content really fresh. I love tutoring. It’s feels great to help people. I would recommend anyone tutor. You learn the information on such a different level once you work with another student. I’m super happy to be here helping people out every day and getting the knowledge down on my end.”

Bergett has enjoyed Cesta’s efforts and is sharing her experiences with others at Westhill. “I’ve talked to at least three girls and they are interested in coming here too for help.”

If you’re interested in becoming a tutor or being tutored at the Learning Center call (315) 498-2103 and speak with a staff member or drop by during regular business hours. During the spring semester the Learning Center is open as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday – 12-4 p.m.
  • OCC’s spring break is the week of March 14. During that week the Learning Center will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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