Dr. Kris Mecholsky – Kris to his students – sits in the Business Residential College West Hall classroom and thumbs through a calculus book. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday he sits here patiently waiting for his first students of the day to walk through the classroom doors seeking help.
Kris is a residential college tutor, and one of the residential college programs’ best kept secrets. As a full time tutor for the Career Discovery, Business, and Herget Residential Colleges in both the fall and spring and the Engineering Residential College in the spring, Kris maintains office hours in each of the programs’ buildings to offer free tutoring in English, chemistry, physics, and mathematics from algebra and trigonometry to calculus.
“I really love doing this. It’s great to be an in environment where students come to me out of their own free will. They genuinely feel comfortable around me, want help, are seeking knowledge and to learn new things,” said Kris.
Kris enjoys his role as a mentor and tutor, and pulls from his experience as a high school physics teacher to relate to first-year students. Having undergraduate degrees in physics and English and a doctorate in English helps too.
“This is the perfect fit for me – teaching first-year students. I taught high school. I know where they’re coming from. It’s really nice for me combine aspects of my background in science and English. It keeps me sharp….I often have situations where I have 5 students, and one is working on English, one on physics, two on chemistry, and one on math, and I have to bounce among them. I love that,” said Kris.
In-hall tutoring by faculty, staff, and graduate students is just one of the many benefits of living in a residential college. Residential colleges are for first-year students, and are either major-specific or interest-based and open to all majors. These close-knit communities maximize the on-campus living experience by offering greater student–faculty interaction beyond the classroom, courses for participants either in hall or on the larger LSU campus, and higher GPAs, graduation rates and first- to second-year retention rates than non-residential college residents and off-campus students.
Spring 2017 Residential College Tutoring Schedule (subject to change):
Herget Residential College, Herget Classroom 124C: M 1-2:30 p.m. and W 4:30-7:30 p.m. with Dr. Kris Mecholsky for ENGL, MATH, CHEM, PHYS
Career Discovery Residential College, 32 Broussard Hall Assembly Room: T/TH 5:30-7 p.m. and W 7:30-9 p.m. with Dr. Kris Mecholsky for ENGL, MATH, CHEM, PHYS
Business Residential College, 105 West Hall Classroom: T 3-5:30 p.m. and W 12-2:30 p.m. with Dr. Kris Mecholsky for ENGL, CALC, ISDS 2000
SI for ACCT 2001 with Amy Speer, 169 West Hall Classroom: M, TH 5-6:30 p.m.
Engineering Residential College, 115 North Hall Classroom: T/TH 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. with Dr. Kris Mecholsky for PHYS 2110
SI for Chemistry with Dr. Nicholas Gariano, 111/115 North Hall Classroom: M, Th 4:30-8 p.m. and T 4:30-7:30 p.m.
SI for Calculus with Rima Chatterjee, 111/115 North Hall Classroom: M, T 4-7:30 p.m. and TH 4-7 p.m.
Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College, 135 South Hall Classroom: M, T, W 1:30-4:30 p.m. with Fernando Rodriguez (Focus on history and writing)
SI for HIST 1003 with Fernando Rodriguez, 240 South Hall Classroom: W 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Science Residential College, 13 Highland Hall: M, W, 4:30-6 p.m. with Austin Swallow and Christopher Chuang for MATH 1550/1552
Science Residential College, 13 Highland Hall: W 4:30-6 p.m. and TH 5:30-7 p.m. with Sage Ducoing for MATH 1550/1552
Science Residential College, Evangeline Lobby: TH 2:30-4:30 p.m. plus office hour with Steve Pomarico for BIOL 1202
SI for MATH 1550 (Calculus) with Kristin Sobie, 1 Evangeline Hall: M 6:30-8 p.m. and TH 4-5:30 p.m.
Biology and Chemistry SI scheduled through class
Mass Comm Residential College, 133 South Hall Classroom: SI for ACCT 2000 with Megan Manno, T 2-4 p.m. and TH 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Agriculture Residential College: TBD
Human Sciences and Education Residential College: TBD
Spring 2017 Residential College Office Hours (subject to change):
Herget Residential College, 107 Herget: M, W 1:30-2 p.m. with Dorothy McCaughey (Rector)
Herget Residential College, 103 Herget: F 3-4 p.m. with Ameziane Harhad (Instructor)
Herget Residential College, 103 Herget: T/TH 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Darius Spieth (Instructor)
Career Discovery Residential College, 103 Broussard Hall: M, W 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment with Sandy Granger (Rector)
Business Residential College, 115 West: W 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. and TH 3:30-4:30 p.m. with Jan Holmes (Rector)
Business Residential College, 114 West: M, W 1-3 p.m. with Dan Marin (Associate Rector)
Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College, 135 South: T 9-10 a.m. and F 10:30-11:30 a.m. and by appointment with Josef Horacek (Rector)
Science Residential College, 110 Highland Hall: M 9-11:30 a.m. and W 1-2:30 p.m. and by appointment with Hollie Hale-Donze (Rector)
Science Residential College, 110 Highland Hall: M, W, F 2:30-4:30 p.m. and T/TH 8-10 p.m. with Capri Mandela (Academic Advisor)
Science Residential College, 39 Allen: T 4-5 p.m. and F 10-11 a.m. with Kristin Sobie for MATH 1550
Mass Comm Residential College, 133 South Hall: M, W 1:45-4 p.m. with Roxanne Dill (Rector)
Mass Comm Residential College, 133 South Hall: W 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. with Kasey Windels (Associate Rector)
Mass Comm Residential College, 133 South Hall: T/TH 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and F 12:30-4:30 p.m. with Samantha Ramey (Manship Ambassador)
Human Sciences and Education Residential College, Cypress Hall: M, W, F 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Dorothy Jacobsen (Instructor)
Human Sciences and Education Residential College, Cypress Hall: T 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Kathryn McKey (Instructor)
Human Sciences and Education Residential College, Cypress Hall: TH 1-2 p.m. with Christina Rothenbeck (Instructor)
More to come as residential colleges get schedules set this semester….