Study Lounges at PAT and Souch Campuses
Many of NAIT’s trade students are taught at Patricia and Souch campuses. In previous years, study spaces on these campuses was limited. Many students used the cafeteria to study, but found it disruptive, loud and distracting.
In an effort to provide students with a quiet workspace, Learning Services, part of LTC, worked with the NAIT Students’ Association at Patricia Campus to convert an under-utilized recreation room into a combined study lounge and tutorial centre. Students now have access to this space whenever the campus is open – about 12 hours a day.
At Souch Campus, Learning Services was able to acquire an extra classroom to use for the new study lounge and tutorial centre.
These new spaces at Patricia and Souch include computers for student use, handouts for extra practice on various topics and an on-site professional math tutor.
Student response has been vocal and supportive. “I really enjoy it,” a first-year electrician student at Patricia shared. A third-year pipefitter explained his use of the study lounge as “definitely an advantage to help stay ahead.”
The study lounges are open for students during the following times.
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On-site math tutors
The combined study lounges and tutorial centres aren’t the only major improvements that Learning Services has made in an effort to better support satellite students. Souch and Patricia campuses have full-time math tutors on campus.
Instructors and students appreciate this extra service.
“My students come to me often having gaps between credentials and capability,” says Wade Martinson, a welding instructor who teaches first-year math. While Martinson finds he has adequate time to teach math in class, having full-time access to a tutor allow his students to fill their own gaps in learning. Most importantly, “full-time math tutoring leads to an environment of greater lifelong student success.”
A first-year welding student on Souch Campus says, “If I did not have these after-school lessons every day, I would be failing at math.”