Science Tutoring & Advocacy Centers (STAC)

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide students with a conducive learning environment dedicated to helping students take a proactive approach to their science, engineering, and workforce courses, discover their particular learning style, and develop their critical thinking skills. We believe that each of these skills are necessary in each student becoming an independent learner. 

Tutoring by Course

(General Student Center hours at bottom of webpage as listed by room)

3D-Animation (ARTC/ARTV)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I MLH 104

M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

ARTV 1341 3D Animation I MLH 104 M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

ARTV 1345 3D Modeling & Rendering I MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

ARTV 2335 Portfolio Development - Animation MLH 104

M&W 8am-3:30pm
F 11am-4pm

ARTV 2345 3D Modeling & Rendering II MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

ARTV 2351 Animation II MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm
 
ARTV 2355 Character Rigging & Animation MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm
Astronomy (ASTR)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  
ASTR 1303 Stars & Galaxies LOH 229 M&W 10am-5:30pm
T&R 8am-5:30pm

ASTR 1304 Solar System LOH 229 M&W 10am-5:30pm
T&R 8am-5:30pm
Biology (BIOL)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  

BIOL 1308/
1108

Biology for Non-Science Majors I LOH 230

M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 1309/
1109
Biology for Non-Science Majors II LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 1322 Nutrition & Diet Therapy None None Available

BIOL 1323 Consumer Nutrition (for Non-Science Majors) None None Available

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 1411 General Botany None None Available

BIOL 2306/
2406

Environmental Biology LOH 230 M-Th 8am-5pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I MLH 104

M&W 8am-1pm
T&R 8am-12:30pm

    LOH 230

M&W 11:30am-5pm
T&R 3-7pm

BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II MLH 104 M&W 8am-1pm
T&R 8am-12:30pm

BIOL 2416 Genetics LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm
Chemistry (CHEM)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  

CHEM 1405
1305/1105

Introductory Chemistry I LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

CHEM 1407
1307/1107

Introductory Chemistry II LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

CHEM 1411
1311/1111

General Chemistry I LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

    MLH 104 M&W 8am-1pm
T&R 8am-12:30pm

CHEM 1412
1312/1112
General Chemistry II LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

CHEM 2323/
2123
Organic Chemistry I LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
F 10am-4pm

CHEM 2325/
2125
Organic Chemistry II LOH 230 M-Th 8am-7pm
Engineering (ENGR)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  
ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering MLH 104

M-Th 8am-5:30pm
by appointment

ENGR 1304 Engineering Graphics I MLH 104 M-Th 8am-5:30pm
by appointment

ENGR 1307 Plane Surveying None None Available

ENGR 2301 Mechanics I: Statics MLH 104 M-Th 8am-5:30pm
by appointment

ENGR 2302 Mechanics II: Dynamics MLH 104 M-Th 8am-5:30pm
by appointment

ENGR 2304 Programming for Engineers None None Available

ENGR 2403

Engineering Mechanics -
Statics & Dynamics

MLH 104 M-Th 8am-5:30pm
by appointment

ENGR 2405

Electrical Circuits I

MLH 104 M-Th 8am-5:30pm
by appointment
Game Development (GAME)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  
GAME 1302 Interactive Storyboarding MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

GAME 1303

Introduction to Game Design & Development

MLH 104 M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

GAME 1304 Level Design MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

GAME 1306 Design & Creation of Games None None Available

GAME 1314 Character Sculpting MLH 104 M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

GAME 1372 Particles & Dynamics MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

GAME 2332 Project Development I None None Available

GAME 2338 Game Testing None None Available

GAME 2359 Game & Simulation Group Project MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm 

GAME 2372 Principles of Character Animation MLH 104 M&W 8am-3:30pm
T&R 10:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm
Geology (GEOL)
Course # Name Location  Day/Time  
GEOL 1301/
1101
Earth Sciences I LOH 229

M&W 8am-1pm
Tu 8am-2:30pm
Th 8am-5:30pm

GEOL 1303/
1103
Physical Geology LOH 229 M&W 8am-1pm
T&R 10am-2:30pm

GEOL 1305 Environmental Science LOH 229

M&W 8am-1pm
Tu 8am-2:30pm
Th 8am-5:30pm

GEOL 1345 Oceanography LOH 229 M&W 8am-1pm
T&R 10am-2:30pm
Physics (PHYS)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  
PHYS 1301/
1101
General Physics I LOH 229 M-Th 8am-5:30pm

PHYS 1302/
1102
General Physics II LOH 229 M-Th 8am-5:30pm

PHYS 1303 Stars & Galaxies LOH 229

M&W 10am-5:30pm
T&R 8am-5:30pm

PHYS 1305/
1105
Introductory Physics I  LOH 229 M-Th 8am-5:30pm

PHYS 2425 University Physics I LOH 229 M&W 10am-5:30pm
T&R 8am-5:30pm

PHYS 2426 University Physics II LOH 229 M&W 10am-5:30pm
T&R 8am-5:30pm
Programming (COSC/INEW/ITSE)
Course # Name Location Day/Time  
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing MLH 104

M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

COSC 1315 Introduction to Computer Programming MLH 104

M&W 3:30-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-3:30pm

COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I MLH 104 M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

COSC 1437 Programming Fundamentals II MLH 104 M&W 3:30-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-3:30pm

COSC 2325 Computer Organization MLH 104 M&W 3:30-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-3:30pm

COSC 2436 Programming Fundamentals III MLH 104 M&W 3:30-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-3:30pm

INEW 2340 Object Oriented Design None None Available

ITSE 1302 Computer Programming MLH 104 M&W 8am-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-5:30pm
F 11am-4pm

ITSE 1307 Introduction to C++ Programming None None Available

ITSE 2331 Advanced C++ Programming None None Available

ITSE 2445 Data Structures MLH 104 M&W 3:30-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-3:30pm

ITSE 2457 Advanced Object Oriented Programming MLH 104 M&W 3:30-7:30pm
T&R 9:30am-3:30pm

Make Tutoring Work for You

To help us make your sessions as productive as possible:

1. Come Prepared

Bring your textbook, notes, and assignment sheets with you. Read your assignments and do your best to work through your homework problems before your tutoring session.

2. Attend Classes Regularly

Tutoring is designed to supplement class instruction, not to replace it.

3. Do Not Ask Tutors to Do Your Homework, Proof-read Your Assignments, or Assist in Any Way with Take-home Exams or Quizzes

Tutors can help clarify assignments and identify skills needed to complete assignments. They can give you extra problems and examples like the ones you are having trouble with and help you learn to solve them.

4. Understand that Tutors are Not Professors

Teaching provides students with new information; tutoring helps the students master that information by providing alternate explanations, techniques, and examples. Tutors cannot be a substitute for attending class.

5. Use Tutoring Services Efficiently

You will benefit more from tutoring if you come when you first begin having problems. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to master the material in time to succeed on tests and assignments.

6. Do Not Expect Tutors to Know Everything

Please remember that tutors are often students like you who have mastered specific course content with a specific instructor. They are not expected to have the level of experience of your professor.

7. Ask Questions When Something is Unclear

If you remain silent, the tutor may assume you understand. Tutors have learned many ways to explain a single concept, so continue to ask questions until the material is clear to you.

8. Sign-in for Tutoring Services and Evaluate Tutors & the Advocacy Center When Requested

These are the only requirements for the free tutoring and all STAC services provided. Doing this helps us maintain funding to continue to provide these services at no charge.

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***You can join our tutoring staff by clicking the links below***

Work-study Peer Tutor: Click on "Work Study - Northwest Vista College" (if available) to apply. Be sure to select "Tutoring" and the course discipline area (i.e. Natural Sciences, Engineering, etc.) you want to tutor, in your application. Once applied, please contact Richard Crabb at rcrabb3@alamo.edu, so we can easily locate your application.
Note: This is a Work-Study position and requires FASFA to have been filed. See the Financial Aid Office to enquire if you are able to work as a Work-Study.

Tutor (STEM)
: Under "Location", select "NVC-Northwest Vista College" and click on the magnifying glass to search all open positions. The position (if available) is listed as "Tutor (STEM) NVC".

***If the positions are not listed and you are interested in future consideration, please contact Richard Crabb at rcrabb3@alamo.edu ***

 

Our STAC Student Centers

  • Astronomy, Geology, and Physics Student Center

    Day Time
    Sunday Closed
    Monday

    8am-5:30pm

    Tuesday 8am-5:30pm
    Wednesday   8am-5:30pm
    Thursday 8am-5:30pm
    Friday Closed
    Saturday Closed

    We have: Lecture & Lab Textbooks, Calculators, Laptops with software for all courses in the center, and Geology Kits

    ***For specific tutoring times for your course, please see "Tutoring by Course" tabs listed toward the top of the webpage.***

    For questions, contact: Laura Quintanilla - (210)486-4435 - lquintanilla44@alamo.edu

  • Biology and Chemistry Student Center

    Day Time
    Sunday Closed
    Monday

    8am-7pm

    Tuesday 8am-7pm
    Wednesday   8am-7pm
    Thursday 8am-7pm
    Friday 10am-4pm
    Saturday Closed

    We have: Lecture & Lab Textbooks, Calculators, Computers with software for all courses in the center, Printing, Microscopes & Slides, and Chemistry Model Kits

    ***For specific tutoring times for your course, please see "Tutoring by Course" tabs listed toward the top of the webpage.***

    For questions, contact: Laura Quintanilla - (210)486-4435 - lquintanilla44@alamo.edu

  • 3D-Animation, Anatomy & Physiology, Engineering, Game Development, and Programming Student Center

    Day Time
    Sunday Closed
    Monday

    8am-7:30pm

    Tuesday 8am-5:30pm
    Wednesday  8am-7:30pm
    Thursday 8am-5:30pm
    Friday 11am-4pm
    Saturday Closed

    We have: Lecture & Lab Textbooks, Calculators, Computers with software for all courses in the center, Printing, Anatomy Models, Microscopes & Slides, and Engineering Kits

    ***For specific tutoring times for your course, please see "Tutoring by Course" tabs listed toward the top of the webpage.***

    For questions, contact: Richard Crabb - (210)486-4109 - rcrabb3@alamo.edu