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Summer 2024 Tutoring Schedule Here 

  1. Services
  2. Online Tutoring
  3. Math & English Placement Tool
  4. Study Skills Workshops
  5. Teachers on Teaching
  6. STEM Success Orientation


Located in the Library/Learning Center Building, Lower Level, Room 4110

Summer Hours: June 3 - August 1 
9am - 4pm Monday-Thursday
Closed Fridays

Every student could use a little support from time to time. The Learning Center is here to help. We have computers, quiet rooms, supplies, tutors, free printing, and friendly staff to help you get the support you need to be successful this semester! Stop in to see how WE can help YOU.

Learning Support Services:  

  • Tutoring is free and available to all students! Tutors are available in-person and online. Please visit the "Online Tutoring" tab for more information.
    All tutor services can be reviewed here: Summer 2024 Tutoring Schedule.
  • Need help when we're away? NetTutor 3rd party online tutoring service is available 24/7. To access NetTutor please visit your instructor's Canvas site. 
  • Math and Writing Labs: Instructor led tutoring labs are held daily online and in-person. Math Lab is held in the Learning Center, and Writing Lab is held in the Library. Schedules and information can be found on your instructor's Canvas shell.
  • Study Skills Quick Tip Videos: Time Management, Test Taking, Textbook Reading & Test Anxiety and Test Prep videos available here. Workshops are also available in person (in LLRC, Learning Center, Room 4110) and via Zoom. Spring 2024 Schedule coming soon!​​
  • Testing Services: Proctoring is available. Contact Janet Daugherty, Learning Center Director to schedule your exam.
  • Math and English Placement Tool: Due to AB705, standard math and English placement testing is no longer conducted. Now, the Math and English Placement Tool may be accessed online from any device. Prospective students must log on using their Mendocino College username and password. Contact The Learning Center if you need assistance.

If you have questions about any of our services, please stop by and see us in the Learning Center. 

Janet Daugherty 
Learning Center & Student Success Director

Amber Shrum
Learning Center Assistant

Mendocino College contact numbers:
Ukiah Campus Learning Center: 707.468.3046
Lake Center (Lake County):  707.263.4944
North County Center (Willits): 707.459.6224
Coast Center (Fort Bragg): 707.961.2200


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Tutoring works! Our tutors can help you:

  • achieve higher grades
  • gain a better understanding of course material
  • learn how to approach and complete assignments
  • study for quizzes and exams

How to access online tutoring: 
Mendocino College peer tutors are available online via Zoom. Students can access the link to on their class Canvas (for Math and English/Writing). 

Students may also access online tutoring through NetTutor. This can also be accessed by selecting the link in your class Canvas.

If you have any questions regarding tutoring, please reach out to the Learning Center.


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          General tutoring questions contact:
          Amber Shrum, LC Assistant







Desktop PC and MAC Meeting Requirements:
The latest version of Chrome or Firefox should be used (Do not use Internet Explorer).
The web camera should be ready and activated.
Computers should have a built-in microphone or a headset with a microphone ready.

Android and Windows device Meeting Requirements:
Use Chrome.
Have your web camera ready and activated.
Have a headset with a microphone ready – your cell phone headset will work great.

iOS - Apple Device Meeting Requirements:
iOS users will need to use the mobile app. Additional information can be found on the Zoom App page on the Apple App Store.

Placement Policy

All students have the opportunity to qualify for transfer level math and English courses! Click here to read more information about possible Math and English classes. Students can place into math and English courses using high school records and our placement tool instead of taking placement tests. In order to complete the placement tool online, you will need to know your cumulative high school GPA.  If you do not know your cumulative high school GPA or have been out of high school for more than ten years, contact:

Janet Daugherty
Email: placement@mendocino.edu

This change is all thanks to Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705). To learn more about AB 705 visit: https://www.mendocino.edu/mathandenglish

If you have questions about the Math and English placement tool, please contact the Learning Center:

Janet Daugherty
Student Success Director

Study Skills Quick Tip Videos: Tasha Whetzel from the Disability Resource Center offers Study Skill Workshops each semester. Please stop or email us to find out more. She also offers these videos about Time Management, Test Taking, Textbook Reading & Test Anxiety, and Test Prep:


Save the Date! Teachers on Teaching is set for March 2, 2024 from 9:00am - 2:00pm.

This year's focus will be on Wellness in the Classroom. This in-person event promises to be an inspiring experience. Discover innovative strategies to promote wellness, boost student engagement, and foster a healthy classroom atmosphere that fosters wellness for students and teachers. At TOT 24, you will have the opportunity to network with other educators, exchange ideas, and learn from one another. Our expert speakers will share their insights, practical tips, and success stories. 

Tickets are limited and FREE through Eventbrite Teachers on Teaching 2024: Wellness in the Classroom Tickets, Sat, March 2, 2024 at 9:30 AM | Eventbrite.

Workshop Info and Presenter Bios

We are excited to welcome Rachel Young, LMFT as our Keynote Speaker at the 2024 Teachers on Teaching Conference. Rachel is a Marriage & Family Therapist and a Mendocino College Dance Instructor. She enjoys working with preteens, teens, and adults. She has specialized experience working with juvenile offenders, particularly youth who have been incarcerated. In addition, Rachel has a special interest in helping members of the Native community address issues that sometimes stem from historical trauma, including family and domestic violence, addiction, and poverty. As this year's keynote speaker, Rachel will share her journey from overcoming adversities to celebrating the teachers who helped her along the way. Her talk will include a rich perspective on who we are as teachers and how to support students in these post-pandemic times.

Rachel Young, LMFT BIO
Rachel Young, LMFT, has been utilizing movement and the body as a vehicle for healing her childhood trauma and mental health for the past 20 years. Rachel has a Master's in Counseling and a Bachelor's in Dance from Sonoma State University. She is a first-generation college student, and had to overcome barriers such as poverty, violence, addiction, foster care, and other trauma in her healing journey. She is also in her 30th year of recovery from addiction. Rachel has been learning about her own Indigenous roots over the last 8 years, and this has deepened her spiritual connection and informed her somatic work in teaching and in all her relations. She believes that each of us has the innate power to heal, first ourselves, then our families, and our community at large.

Trauma Responsiveness and Students with Developmental Disabilities
Children with disabilities are disproportionately exposed to adverse life experiences and are at greater risk for psychiatric conditions such as PTSD. This presentation will highlight considerations for students with developmental disabilities impacted by trauma and how best practices in special education align with trauma-responsive approaches. The target audience is PK-12 teachers.

Elizabeth McAdams Ducy BIO 
Elizabeth McAdams Ducy is an associate professor of special education at Sonoma State University. Her research interests include individuals with disabilities impacted by loss, grief, and trauma, with specific interests in the disproportionate impact of disasters on students with disabilities and trauma-responsive school-based approaches. Her most recent publications report on how the 2017 Northern California wildfires impacted children with developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Ducy is a former special education teacher at a Title One school in Texas.

Creating a More Ethical, Equitable, and Culturally Responsive Classroom
In this workshop, participants will engage in various activities to learn to recognize their own bias and understand how it informs their actions. Participants will learn where to get information, and how to research the communities, schools, and students they work with to better understand how to serve them in a meaningful way. Lisa will share valuable information about how to teach in a more equitable and ethical way that serves not only the teacher, but also the students.  Lisa is a former K-12 Teacher, Dean of Students, and Education Director for Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians.  She is studying Organizational Leadership at the University of San Francisco and learning various methods of qualitative and quantitative research, culturally responsive pedagogy, equity, and ethical practices which will be demonstrated in this workshop.

Lisa Furlong BIO
Lisa Furlong was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Mendocino County in 2016. She is the mother of 2 young children. She is a graduate of CSUF, Multiple Subject Credential, LMU MBA, and currently a student in the USF, Education Department with the objective of earning her EdD. in Organizational Leadership. She is currently a Professor of Business at Mendocino College. Prior to her professorial role, she was a Dean at Upper Lake Elementary School and Educational Director at Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and Boys and Girls Club. She was also an instructor at Yokayo Elementary School (Grade 5), Potter Valley (Kindergarten) and has substituted in multiple districts.

Centering the Voices of Marginalized Students
This interactive workshop will focus on the effects of power and privilege on the academic success of our students. We will discuss ways to "center" the voices of students who've been disadvantaged/harmed by the unjust distribution of power and privilege. And we will discuss ways for those with relatively more privilege to use their advantage to ally themselves with and advocate for those with relatively less privileged identities.

Charlie Seltzer BIO
Aside from being a part-time faculty member in Mendocino College’s Theater Department, Charlie is a consultant with the Center for Applied Research Solutions where he provides training and technical assistance to the state’s Department of Health Care Services and to counties across the state in creating a just and equitable behavioral health care system.

Creating a Trauma-Informed Classroom
Thirty-one percent of children in Mendocino County experience two or more Adverse Childhood Experiences. Additionally, the last several years of wildfires and COVID-19 have had huge impacts on the entire community. The result is often unwanted behaviors or attitudes in our classrooms that hinder students' ability to learn. In this session, we will explore ways to create a trauma-informed classroom and address compassion resilience.

Ginny Buccelli BIO
Ginny Buccelli, MFA, is a full-time English faculty member at Mendocino College. At present, she is deeply entrenched in a sabbatical project to explore ways to support student resilience and is in the process of earning a certificate as a Trauma Informed Specialist through CSU East Bay.

The 3 R's of Addressing Behavioral Health Symptoms in Students
The 3 R's of Addressing Behavioral Health Symptoms in Students: Recognizing,  Responding, Referring: Teachers have always been asked to do more than simply provide education on the 3 R's of Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic. Sociological factors have raised the frequency and degree of crisis-related emotional and behavioral health symptoms among students, including diagnosed mental illness and substance use disorders. Let's talk about that.

Helen Falandes BIO
Helen Falandes M.Ed. has been working in behavioral health services as a provider and trainer since 1979. She has concurrently taught at Mendocino College’s Human Services & SUD Counseling programs since 2000. She holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling / Special Education and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education.

Using Mindfulness to Humanize Learning
In this session, we will delve into the untapped potential of mindfulness to enhance learning capacity, eliminate biases within learning communities, and promote a more human and connected classroom environment. Participants will walk away with a curated set of resources, tools, and ideas to continue their journey into mindfulness in education that feels authentic to the individual teacher.

Melissa Nole BIO
Melissa Nole serves as a Child Development college instructor at Mendocino College, bringing experience as an elementary school teacher, instructional coach, and mentor. With a background in education, Melissa deeply understands the emotional demands of the profession. Her journey as an educator has equipped her with insights into the challenges and barriers that students and teachers face in the classroom. In addition to her background in child development and education, Melissa holds certification as a yoga instructor. Both personally and professionally, she has committed herself to integrating mindfulness practices into the learning environment.

Youth Adult Partnership in Schools
This workshop will begin with a panel of students from Big Picture Ukiah at South Valley who will share their stories of transformation into wellness. They will show how their journeys were impacted by the structures of youth-adult partnerships in their school. They will illuminate themes and provide examples that could inform an approach to school design, classroom structure, curriculum, and the way we view the relationship between youth and adults in education. After the panel, they will lead an interactive activity for participants to self-assess and make a plan to improve their practice of authentically partnering with their students.

Kita Grinberg, Isaiah Vargas, and Dakota Hill - BIOs
Isaiah Vargas, a senior at BPU is a martial arts practitioner, motivational speaker, and emerging personal trainer. Dakota Hill, a senior at BPU, is a future social worker. Kita Grinberg, now principal of Big Picture Ukiah at South Valley, has been a classroom teacher in alternative settings for 18 years.

Please Don’t Say You’ll “Hold Space” for Me
Please Don't Say You'll "Hold Space" for Me: An LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone Conversation - Being inclusive at work and in the classroom is wonderful, but sometimes it can do the opposite to your target audience. Join me for an "Impact of Silence" activity, Queer Herstory, and syllabus takeaways. This conversation will help shed light on the queer experience in academia and help with constructing new ways to help queer colleagues and students feel safe enough to be themselves.

Salvatore Russo (Tory) BIO
Hello, my name is Salvatore Russo, but you can call me Tory. I have an MA in Rhetoric and Composition, and my major academic focus is public pedagogy and the way it impacts society. This is my second year at Mendocino College. I look forward to meeting you all!

Using somatic awareness and breathing we will learn skills for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, increasing physical and mental well-being, and down regulating the nervous system. This will naturally increase our connections with each other and begin to reduce mental health barriers to learning, strengthening our ability to be present for our students during this post-pandemic period. Come away with simple, quick grounding exercises which can be done with any student in any setting. Treat yourself to a practice in which you will leave feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated than ever.

Rachel Young, LMFT BIO
Rachel Young, LMFT, has been utilizing movement and the body as a vehicle for healing her childhood trauma and mental health for the past 20 years. Rachel has a Master's in Counseling and a Bachelor's in Dance from Sonoma State University. She is a first-generation college student, and had to overcome barriers such as poverty, violence, addiction, foster care, and other trauma in her healing journey. She is also in her 30th year of recovery from addiction. Rachel has been learning about her own Indigenous roots over the last 8 years, and this has deepened her spiritual connection and informed her somatic work in teaching and in all her relations. She believes that each of us has the innate power to heal, first ourselves, then our families, and our community at large.

STEM Success Orientation

Stay tuned for our next STEM Success Orientation Spring of 2024!