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Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) promotes academic success, enriches students’ academic experience, and encourages student development. The ASC provides several services geared towards helping students reach their academic potential.  Services range from Peer Tutoring to Academic Progress Monitoring to providing students with new study strategies and time management skills. The ASC staff works to create a supportive learning environment in which students can develop the skills needed to achieve their academic goals while being held accountable for their own progress.

Resources

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available to all undergraduate students in most 100-200 level courses. A student can request an individual tutor through the Academic Success Center or can seek help through one of the help centers. Individual tutors are trained through the Academic Success Center and have earned an "A" in the courses in which they tutor. Help centers include the Accounting Lab, Math Center, Science Center, and Writing and Reading Center. The key is to get help sooner rather than later. Drop in tutoring is also available.

Peer Tutor Request Form

Interested in becoming a peer tutor? Please‚ fill out the application‚ and return it to the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition located on the first floor of the Campus Center, Suite 137.

Early Advisory System

The Early Advisory System, or EAS, helps to identify students at the earliest sign of academic trouble. EAS is an on-line system where faculty can share concerns about students, including attendance and class performance. Once the EAS report is submitted, a member of the Academic Success Center staff reaches out to the student to provide any necessary support and to encourage the use of the various resources on campus. 

Professors can also acknowledge a student’s excellent work through the Early Advisory System.  Acknowledging exemplary work demonstrates to students that such behavior is valued and can reinforce positive behavior. These students who are identified by professors for exemplary work receive a letter from the Director for Student Success/Engagement.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction, or SI, is an academic support program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to enhance student performance in traditionally difficult courses.  SI offers regularly scheduled study sessions to assist students with course content and study skills.  SI sessions are led by students who have demonstrated academic competency in the subject area.  SI Leaders attend class with the students and are trained in facilitating group activities using collaborative learning methods.  SI is not tutoring, but rather learning how to learn a particular subject.  Students who regularly attend the weekly SI sessions often report higher course grades. 

Supplemental Instruction will be offered for the following courses this fall: AC 201, BME 301, CS/IT 200, CHEM 209, PHYS 133. View our Fall Supplemental Instruction Schedule below. 

SI Fall 2017

Life Skills Mentoring

The Life Skills Mentoring program is a unique collaboration between the Athletic Department and the Academic Success Center.  It is based on the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, and strives to support student-athlete development and enhance the quality of their experience at the University.  Life Skills Mentors monitor study halls and conduct life skills workshops on topics such as goal setting, time management, effective study skills, etc.  The combination of the study hall and life skill workshops assists student-athletes in successfully balancing academics and athletics at the collegiate level.

College Success Coaching Experience

The College Success Coaching Experience (CSCE) is a semester-long class that focuses on a series of interactive academic success skills presentations and one-to-one coaching sessions.  During CSCE classes, students will discover their strengths, learn how to apply them in the college classroom, and build academic confidence through the learning and application of these skills.  The CSCE class focuses on skills that are used in all content areas, and include time management, organization, communication, study skills, and test-taking skills.  Students are able to take the skills learned in CSCE and apply them directly to their classes.  An Academic Success Coach conducts the CSCE class and mentors students during individual coaching sessions throughout the semester. Class sections have a 1:18 Academic Success Coach to student ratio.

Academic Progress Monitoring

The Academic Progress Monitoring Program is designed to monitor students' academic progress throughout the semester. Monitors work with these students on a weekly or biweekly basis throughout the semester and help students identify and overcome roadblocks in order to reach their academic goals. Academic Progress Monitors work closely with faculty and various coaches as well as with the various support offices on campus such as Student Disability Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, and Peer Tutors to assist students in meeting their academic goals. Monitors are frequently in touch with faculty, partnering to coach effective academic lifestyles. Students can request the help of a monitor by calling the Academic Success Center at the beginning of the semester.

Academic Success Workshops

The Academic Success Center provides workshops on various topics related to academic success.  Topics include study strategies, test-taking, time management, and more.  Workshops are available to any class, department, floor, group, organization, or team.  The Academic Success Center also invites departmental collaboration, and is willing to tailor workshops as needed. 

To schedule a presentation or workshop, contact the Academic Success Center.  Please schedule workshops at least two weeks in advance for the best options regarding availability. 

Contact information:
Campus Center 137
Phone: (413) 796-2027
Email: jennifer.holowaty@wne.edu

WORKSHOPS OFFERED:

Academic Success Center Overview Presentation

Staff members are available to give an overview of the Academic Success Center’s services, including:  Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Academic Progress Monitoring, Life Skills Mentoring, College Success Coaching Experience (LA 195), Early Advisory System, student outreach, help center referrals, Alpha Lambda Delta, and individual appointments.  (Presentation length:  15-45 minutes)

Academic Skills Presentation

Students are presented with tips for being successful in college.  These tips cover a broad range of skills that will assist students in completing their academic goals.  (Presentation length: 30-45 minutes)

Time Management and Organization Workshop

Staff members provide hands-on approach to organizing time, planners, course materials, and study space.  Students will leave the workshop with multiple strategies for managing their time and organizing their academic life.  (Presentation length: 20-45 minutes)

Note-taking Skills Workshop

There is no one way to take notes in college, so staff members present tips and multiple approaches to taking useful class notes.  Students are encouraged to try several approaches and determine which approaches work best for them. (Presentation length: 20-40 minutes)

Study Skills and Test-taking Workshop

Collegiate academic expectations require that students entering college expand their study skills in preparation for a more rigorous testing environment.  This workshop provides study and test-taking skills and tips as students prepare to take exams.  (Presentation length: 20-45 minutes) 

Academic Goal-Setting Workshop

Goal-setting is an important skill not only in the collegiate setting, but also over the course of one’s lifetime.  This workshop teaches structured goal-setting and provides students with guided self-reflection.  (Presentation length: 30-45 minutes)

Learning Styles Workshop

Each of us prefers particular ways of learning.  This workshop provides students with an opportunity to assess how they best learn.  Students will also learn about different learning styles and how to approach class material in a way that best fits their learning style.  (Presentation length: 20-40 minutes)

Tailored Workshops

Feel free to request a workshop tailored to specific needs and subjects.  The staff can accommodate various lengths of time and topics, given enough advance notice. 

Academic Advising at Western New England University

Each full-time student at Western New England University is assigned an academic advisor. This advisor is a faculty member who will help you plan the fulfillment of your degree requirements, set educational and career goals, and make decisions related to courses. The student-advisor relationship is an important component of a Western New England University education.

Although an academic advisor is an invaluable resource, the ultimate responsibility for understanding degree requirements and planning for their orderly fulfillment lies with the student. For more details, consult the Catalogue section on‚ Academic Advising and Student Responsibilities.

Visit the link below for additional information, and a list of answers to commonly asked questions about advising and registration!

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