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Learning Enhancement Center computers are available for student use when completing online courses, research or typing papers. No other work is permitted on these computers.

Rooms 122-124 in the North Oasis are set aside for use by tutors and for small group study.

Tables and study carrels for quiet study are available in the open area of the North Oasis Learning Enhancement Center.

Become a Study Partner

In order to be a paid study assistant for Rend Lake College and/or the STARS or Special Populations Programs, a student must:

  • Have completed the course(s) in which he/she will be tutoring and have received at least an "A" or "B" in the course.
  • Be recommended by an instructor.
  • Attend the Tutor Orientation.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Complete all appropriate financial paperwork and a background check before tutoring begins.

Attendance Policy

Rationale: In order for the student to receive the best possible assistance for his/her classes, the tutor must adhere to a strict attendance policy. If a tutor does not abide by the rules of the tutoring program, he/she will not be paid and can be terminated from employment.


All tutors are required to attend an orientation session before tutoring can begin.


Absences fall into two categories: excused and unexcused.

1. An EXCUSED absence is one in which proper notification was given to the student AND the Tutoring Coordinator before the scheduled time of the tutoring session. These absences can be when you are sick or when you have other college/class business to attend. Excused absences are allowed, but are to be used on a limited basis.

note icon If you have the telephone number of your student or their e-mail address, try to contact him/her. If you have tried to contact him/her with no success, call the Tutoring Coordinator.
If you are unable to attend a tutoring session, you must contact the Tutoring Coordinator before the next tutoring session at (618)437-5321, ext. 1204 and leave a message or send an e-mail.

2. An UNEXCUSED absence is one in which proper notification was NOT given to the Tutoring Coordinator or to the student. Two (2) unexcused absences from tutoring sessions will result in dismissal as a tutor.

note icon Because Rend Lake College and the STARS and Special Populations Programs insist on the highest quality of tutors, if a tutor’s GPA drops below 2.5, he/she will be put on probation in the tutoring program.

Lateness Policy

You are expected to arrive on time for all tutoring sessions. Tutors are REQUIRED to wait 15 minutes for a student. Continued lateness to sessions will result in dismissal as a tutor.

Pay Periods and Procedures

Application for Student Employment must be completed.
Hours must be assigned by the Financial Aid Department (Doug Carlson, Director).
Return RLC Student Work Study Authorization and Assignment sheet to the Tutoring Coordinator.
The Student Employment Time Report will indicate the dates that time sheets must be turned in to the Tutoring Coordinator.

Requirements for Payment

Turn in Student Employment Time Reports with accurate hours on the due date.
Turn in the Attendance Sheet with accurate information.
If either of these requirements are not met, payment will not be approved.

Record Keeping

Every tutor is required to keep and turn in an Attendance Sheet for ALL students. Students should sign the sheet at the end of every tutoring session. Tutors should not sign in for students – we need to keep accurate records and the tutor and student should both be responsible for recording their time.

Student-Tutor-Staff Relations

An attitude of respect toward the student is to be maintained. The relationship between tutor and student is not open for discussion outside the field of interest. The tutor will NOT comment negatively on an instructor’s grading policy, style of teaching, or personality.

If a tutor suspects that a student will not receive much assistance from the study session, contact the Tutoring Coordinator immediately. The Coordinator or Academic Specialist for the STARS program will then re-evaluate the student. If a tutor has a grievance about a student or staff member, he/she needs to contact the Tutoring Coordinator immediately. The problem will be evaluated, and, if possible, resolved.

Sexual Harassment

Rend Lake College is committed to a policy of creating and maintaining a campus that is free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination which is a violation of federal and state laws and is contrary to the operating philosophy of the College. The College will not tolerate sexual harassment in any context. For further information concerning the College’s policies on sexual harassment, consult the RLC Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Dismissal Policy

Any tutor may be dismissed from the Rend Lake College Tutoring Program on the following grounds:

Failure to follow the rules and regulations set in this document.
Refusing to follow the instructions of the Tutoring Coordinator.
Using illegal drugs.
Using alcohol during any tutoring session.
Consistent lateness or absence.
Consistent failure to improve behavior, performance, or attitude per evaluation by the Tutoring staff.
Behaving inappropriately or unprofessionally.
Sexual harassment.
Verbal harassment.
Physical harassment.

note icon Any tutor dismissed from the program will no longer be eligible to be a paid tutor at Rend Lake College and the Financial Aid office will be notified. The Tutoring Coordinator will determine if accumulated hours should be paid. If a tutor must leave the program for personal reasons, all accumulated hours will be paid and, as long as the tutor follows regulations, he/she will be reconsidered when it is convenient to return.

Evaluation Policy

At the close of every semester, tutors are required to evaluate their students and their students’ progress. Forms will be given to the tutors when final pay sheets are turned in. If a tutor does not complete an evaluation of every student tutored, the final hours accumulated will not be paid. Forms are to be completed and returned immediately to the Tutoring Coordinator. At the end of each semester, tutors are evaluated by their students.

Also, at the end of the semester, students are asked to evaluate the performance of the tutors. These evaluations will be used to help determine rehiring of tutors.

Learning Enhancement Center
Phone Number: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1204
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: LEC
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: LEC

Request a Study Partner

To request a study partner, simply print this form and submit your completed copy to the Tutoring & Disabilities Services Coordinator in the North Oasis. You may also mail the form to Tutoring & Disabilities Services Coordinator, 468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, IL 62846

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Student Responsiblities

1. Be on time for each tutoring session
2. Tutor required to wait 15 minutes before leaving.
3. Student required to wait 15 minutes for tutor.

note icon Unable to be on time or cannot be at the tutoring session? Call your tutor or Sue Cunningham. 618-437-5321, ext. 1204 and leave a message.

Students should:

1. Fill out a tutor request form.
2. Attend class and keep the tutor up-to-date on all assignments.
3. Always bring class assignments to study group. Excessive class absences can result in loss of tutoring privilege.
4. Review material before the tutoring session. The tutor cannot help you if you are not willing to help yourself.
Be prepared to ask specific questions.
6. Study regularly outside of the tutoring sessions.
7. Let Sue know immediately if any problems arise with a tutor.
Meet with Sue periodically to evaluate the tutoring relationship.
9. Request another tutor if for any reason the one you have is unsatisfactory.

note icon Two (2) sessions missed without notification will result in tutoring being terminated.

Communications Lab

Where is the Communications Lab located?
The Comm. Lab is in the North Oasis in room 125. It is located at the end of the hall on the west-side of the building.

When is the Communications Lab open?
Please see the schedule located outside the Comm. Lab for available hours. Click here for current schedule.

How much does it cost?
There is no charge for students, faculty, or staff of Rend Lake College. You may visit the lab as many times as you wish.

Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are recommended. You may sign-up for an appointment outside of the Comm. Lab, on the bulletin board. Appointments are in thirty minute time segments. You may sign-up for an additional appointment if you need more time.

What do I need to bring?
You will need a flash drive to save your work. You may also want to bring your phone charger if the wish to record and review your presentation on your phone. A video camera is available for your use. A computer is also provided for doing research and making visual aids. You should also bring your assignment from you instructor and note cards to prepare your delivery.

Will I get Study Hall credit when I am working in the Communications Lab?
Time spent in the Comm. Lab will apply toward your Study Hall requirement.

Can I receive help with presentations for classes other than Communications?
You may receive help with a presentation for any class.

What services are available in the Communications Lab?
You may receive help with:

Brain storming topic ideas
Narrowing your topic
Researching your topic
Organizing your thoughts
Outlining your presentation
Practicing your delivery
Making a Power Point visual aid
Recording your presentation
Reviewing your presentation
Making improvements

Communications Lab
Room 125 in the North Oasis
Phone: 618.437.5321 Ext. 1311
Tutor: Dana Uhls


The Learning Enhancement Program for student athletes is another component of the services provided to students at Rend Lake College. Each freshman student athlete is required to attend three hours of study in the Learning Enhancement Center each week during his/her first semester at RLC. After the first semester, grades are evaluated and a determination is made about attendance. Student athletes who do not comply with Learning Enhancement Center study session requirements will be ineligible to participate in athletic events after an initial warning.

Staff provides daily supervision over the Learning Enhancement Center under the direction of Sue Cunningham, Learning Enhancement Center Coordinator. The Coordinator monitors the grades and attendance of student athletes. This information is available to the athletes and is shared with their coaches.

The Learning Enhancement Program for student athletes was introduced in 2001, and since that time the overall GPA for student athletes has remained at an increased level. Currently the overall GPA for student athletes is 3.23, prior to the introduction of the LEC program the overall GPA was 2.68. Overall the academic serves provided by the Learning Enhancement Center are helping create stronger, more successful students at Rend Lake College as well as preparing them for transfer to a four year institution.

Math Lab

Where is the Math Lab located?
The Math Lab is located in the North Oasis in room 101 on the west side of the building.

When is the Math Lab open?

Click here for current schedule

How much does it cost?
There is no charge for students of Rend Lake College. You may visit the lab as many times as you wish.

Do I need an appointment?
Tutoring in the Math Lab is done on a walk-in basis.  We do not offer appointments for one-on-one tutoring.

What do I need to bring?
Students should bring any relevant material from their class which may include the textbook, homework assignments, worksheets, study guides, etc...

Will I get Study Hall credit when I am working in the Math Lab?
Yes, students receive study credit for work done in the Math Lab as long as they sign in at the main desk.

What services are available in the Math Lab?
Student may receive help with any math course that is offered at Rend Lake College.

Math Lab
Room 101 in the North Oasis
Phone: 618.437.5321 Ext. 1346
Coordinators: Alex Martin & Jeff Keen

Writing Center

Writing Center tutors are available to assist, you, the student, with your writing. No matter what stage of the Writing Process you are in—from brainstorming to revising a final draft—we can help. If you need assistance starting, organizing, revising, or finishing your paper, we are here for one-on-one tutoring. Our goal is to supplement classroom instruction and strengthen your writing skills. We allow you to work at your own pace and on your own individual writing needs.

Where is the Writing Center located?
The Writing Center is located in the North Oasis in room 101 ("The Pit") on the west side of the building.

When is the Writing Center open?
Click here for current schedule

How much does it cost?
There is no charge for students of Rend Lake College. You may visit the center as many times as you want.

Do I need an appointment?
Students need to make an appointment in the Writing Center to ensure a tutor is present. Walk-ins are welcome. Call, email, or drop by to make an appointment. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

What do I need to bring?
Your student ID, the writing/assignment prompt, and any written work you want to improve.

Will I get Study Hall credit when I am working in the Writing Center?
Yes. Contact the LEC Director for more about this. 618-437-5321 Ext. 1204 for more information about this.

What services are available in the Writing Center?

You may receive help with:

  • Planning & Outlining
  • Rough & Final Drafts
  • Revision & Proofreading


  • Introductions & Thesis Statements
  • Body Paragraphs & Transitions
  • Conclusions


  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Other Mechanical Errors

Writing Center
Room 101 "The Pit" in the North Oasis
Phone: 618.437.5321 Ext. 1312
Staff: Dayna Hartley & Melinda Veller

Learning Enhancement Center

The purpose of the Learning Enhancement Center is to provide academic support and transition services to students. This is the central resource for academic help on Rend Lake College’s campus. Tutors are available to help students in core subject areas and workshops are conducted to provide transition assistance. The Learning Specialist, Sue Cunningham, is on hand to answer questions or to assist students with study and note taking skills. The Learning Enhancement Center is conveniently located in the North Oasis.



Spring 2020 (unless otherwise indicated, tutoring is in the North Oasis)

Math Lab: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Communications Lab: 10-12:30

Math Lab: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Writing Center: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Communication Lab: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Math Tutor: 10 AM - 3:30 PM

Writing Center: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Math Tutoring: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Math Lab: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Communications Lab: 10:00 AM - 5:00PM

Math Lab: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Writing Center: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Math Tutoring: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Communications Lab: 9:00-1:00 PM

Writing Center: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Math Lab: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM




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Located next to the Theatre the Learning Resource Center has resources such as books, periodicals, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, a Children’s Library, as well as many electronic resources that can be accessed without coming to campus. It has facilities for study, research, leisure reading, class preparation, and internet access. We encourage you to come in and use the many resources and services the LRC has available to make your Rend Lake College experience even more successful!

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Located in Learning Resource Center Room 142, the CTE Success Center is a place where students majoring in healthcare and technical education programs can find a variety of services that ensure students are successful in their vocational and educational goals, while keeping them up to date with industry needs and demands.


Located in the North Oasis
Current Hours of Operation:
Mon. and Fri. 8:00 - 4:00, Tues.- Thurs. 8:00 - 8:00

Department Phone Number: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 6901
Department Email:  
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: LEC
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: LEC

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