Lake Land College
TRiO - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois
TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services offers social and cultural activities, college tours and academic workshops to enrich the college experience. Students are required to attend at least one cultural event per semester, one college tour per year, two academic workshops per semester and one financial literacy workshop per year. To be eligible to participate in these events, students must meet the requirements set forth in the TRiO Student Contract.

Cultural Events

The TRiO Student Support Services program hosts numerous cultural and social activities and events throughout the semester. The purpose of these activities is to provide students with an opportunity to enjoy an array of educational and culturally enriching experiences. Past trips have included downtown St. Louis including the Arch and the Fox Theatre, Swan Lake Russian Ballet, the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham, the Covered Bridge Festival in Bridgeton, Ind., the Spurlock Museum and Krannert Center in Champaign, plays, musical performances and The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.

College Tours

Structured tours help students become acquainted with local four year institutions by providing an information gathering opportunity and the chance to personally experience the campus environment. Campus visits typically include a campus tour, information about the transfer process, financial aid opportunities and the admission process. Many tours also include an opportunity to speak with a person from the major in which you are interested.  Tours have included the U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Springfield, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville and Illinois State University.


Workshops are provided to promote students’ personal, academic and financial growth. For convenience, TRiO Student Support Services workshops are offered both in person, and in many cases, are also available on DVD and Canvas to accommodate students’ schedules. Examples of workshop topics include time management skills, stress management, study skills, financial literacy, using library resources and dinning etiquette.


Tutoring is available to all TRiO Student Support Services students at no cost. TRiO helps students make arrangements with the Lake Land College Tutoring Center to provide tutoring in core subject areas.  

The Tutoring Center is located in Webb Hall 130 . Tutoring is available Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and evenings by appointment.  The Tutoring Center is open Monday-Thursday during the summer. 

Tutoring FAQ

TRiO at Lake Land College is committed to making sure that students have the support they need to achieve their goals.  One avenue of support is tutoring.  TRiO helps students make arrangements with the Tutoring Center for tutoring in most core subjects, subject to tutor availability.  Here are some common questions students have about getting a tutor through TRiO.

When should I get a tutor?

Students should get a tutor as soon as possible. If there is any sign that you are beginning to struggle in one or more classes, seek help right away.  It is much easier to improve your results when you start early.  It is also possible to request tutoring before classes start if you know that you find a particular subject difficult.  Promptly requesting help also increases the likelihood that your preferred time and tutor will be available.

How much will it cost?

All tutoring is available at no cost to the student.

How do I get a tutor?

TRiO Student Support Services students should contact Amory Porter, TRiO Learning Skills Specialist, at 234-5260 or .  He will ask you to complete a schedule indicating how often you want tutoring and in which course or courses, along with the times you are available.

Where do I go to meet with my tutor?

Most tutoring takes place in Webb Hall 130, the new location for the Tutoring Center.    

When is tutoring available?

Tutoring is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday-Thursday during summer). A limited amount of tutoring in selected subjects is available during evening hours. Limited tutoring is now also available at the Kluthe Center in Effingham.

What do I need to bring?

You should bring your textbook and all notes, handouts and other materials  needed to complete your assignment.  You should also bring any tools you need, such as a calculator or flash drive.  In addition, you should bring questions.  Your tutor will be more able to help you if you have given the assignment or task a try and know where you start having problems. 

What if I can’t be there?

You should let your tutor know RIGHT AWAY if you are not going to make it.  Tutors only get paid when their students are there, so failing to show without warning is highly unfair to them.  Call the Tutoring Center at 234-5366 or leave a note for your tutor on the bulletin board.   Also, if your schedule or needs change, let your tutor know immediately so you can make adjustments.   Students who repeatedly fail to show up for tutoring may have their time slot given to another student.

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