HIT Newsletter

Health Information Technology


Hello all you Health Information Technology Students! My name is Marguerite Kono and I am your Health Information Technology Peer Mentor. I am here to support and assist you through your journey at Leeward Community College. You can find me at the "One Stop" in BE-228 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (subject to availability). The Peer Mentor's schedule is posted on the back of room BE-228, if you need to see a specific Peer Mentor. One Stop is open on Mondays through Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed during holidays and have limited hours during workshop or events. You can find the limited hours and closure dates posted on BE-228's door for more information. If I am not at One Stop and you need assistance, then email me and I will get back to you.


First Year Experience Club

The next meeting will be Thursday, February 5th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in GT-105. Meetings will be every Thursday at same time and place. This club is open to all Leeward CC students, not just incoming students. Hope to see you guys there!

Academic Support Opportunities - FREE TO STUDENTS

Writing Center - assistance available in person, on line via Skype or by phone. Students may stop by the Writing Center on the 2nd floor of the Learning Commons, call 455-0409 or contact them at "writers@hawaii.edu".

Learning Resource Center - individual or small group tutoring tutoring available in over 30 content areas. Students may stop by the Learning Resource Center on the 2nd floor of the Learning Commons or call 455-0412.

UH Manoa online tutoring in English and Math - www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ola.

Brainfuse Online Student Tutorial - Brainfuse is a student support program that offers tutorial services in such areas as English, ESL, writing, math, statistics, anatomy, etc.*

Brainfuse Student Instructions:

  1. Begin at Leeward Home Page
  2. Click on My UH Portal
  3. Log In
  4. Click on "My Tools"
  5. Look at the right hand column for Brainfuse under "My Class Schedule"
  6. Click on "Connect Now"

*Please note that since Brainfuse is an outside company there is a campus cost for this service. It should be encouraged as an individual student resource tool not a mandatory editing requirement for class wide assignments.

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I can personally say through trial and error there are some ways to avoid being overwhelmed for the first couple of months of your first semester at Leeward Community College. Some things to know about parking, showing up for classes, talking to your instructor, getting help A.S.A.P., and what resources is available to you goes a long way.

Parking Tip:

Leave early if you have a morning class. Parking tends to fill up really fast. If you arrive just before your class, you may be driving around aimlessly and may miss important information or the class. Parking usually opens up in the afternoon when students are leaving campus.

Showing up for classes:

Always let your instructor know if you are unable to attend class regardless as a common courtesy. Some teachers are sticklers for attendance where you can be docked grade points for not showing up (syllabus will usually tell you.). Let your instructors know if an emergency comes up (e.g. flat tire, accident on the freeway, & etc...) so you are not marked as absent or tardy. However, if your excuse is someone died in your family and then the next week you say they are in the hospital, then your instructor will find it suspect. Do not cry wolf, there will come a time when your teacher will not accept your excuses.

Talking to your instructor:

Introduce yourself to your instructor so he/she can put a face to who is in their class. By having a rapport with your instructor, it helps to go to them when you are having trouble in their class or if you have questions which need answering. They can't read your mind if you need assistance and they won't judge you if you ask for it. Again, always let your instructor know if you are unable to attend classes.

Getting help A.S.A.P. (As Soon As Possible):

Don't be afraid to ask for help from your instructors. You can also schedule an appointment with your counselor, if need be. No one will judge you and your friends or classmates won't know, unless you tell them personally. Nip it in the bud at the beginning. The longer you wait, the less options there are available to you. You're not going to know everything in one day. However, by getting help, you are on your way to new knowledge you haven't had before.

Know the "FREE" resources available to you:

There are "FREE" resources on campus to help you with writing a paper or sign-up for tutoring. All you need to do is take a first step into the Learning Resource Center located on the right on the Second Floor of the Learning Commons. To the left is the Writing Center also on the Second Floor of the Learning Commons. You can find more information about these resources by checking the article above entitled, "Academic Support Opportunities - FREE TO STUDENTS.".

Marguerite Kono, HIT Peer Mentor

Hey everyone! Welcome to new and returning students! I hope you are all doing well this early in the semester. I just wanted to remind you that One Stop is always available to you Monday-Friday from 1:30-4:30 and we are here to support you throughout the semester. I hope to see you all around campus!