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.
For the fall 2020 semester, students will still have the opportunity to work with peer tutors, academic progress monitors, supplemental instruction leaders, and professional staff. The majority of our services will offer both in person and virtual meetings. Please view the information below for additional information on our programs or feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!
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The Peer Tutoring Program provides support for coursework outside the areas covered by the Math Center and Writing Center. Available to all undergraduate students for most 100-200 level courses, students can request a 1:1 tutor. All tutors have excelled in the courses they support earning at least an “A-”, are trained, and enjoy supporting their fellow students.
For the fall 2020 semester, we will be offering both face-to-face tutoring and virtual tutoring appointments. Complete the Peer Tutor Request Form if you would like to be matched with a tutor.
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 that are driven by students’ needs. 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 earn higher course grades.
SI sessions will be offered virtually for the fall 2020 semester. SI leaders will utilize Zoom that will allow them to still lead discussion and group activities virtually!
Typically the Academic Success Center offers drop-in tutoring for specific courses every fall and spring semester. Due to COVID-19, we will be offering drop-in tutoring through Zoom for the fall 2020 semester.
If you utilized drop-in tutoring or were referred to drop-in tutoring this semester, we encourage you to request a peer tutor if you would like to continue to receive academic support in any of your courses.
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 Progress Monitoring sessions will be offered both in person and virtually for the fall 2020 semester. Academic Progress Monitors will utilize GoBoard which will allow the monitors to share their screen, discuss strategies on how to be successful in online classes, and more!
Early Alert System
The Early Alert 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 Alert 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.
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.
Campus Center 137
Phone: (413) 796-2027
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 103), 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)
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.
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 Life Skills Program, and strives to support student-athlete development by providing “life skills” that can be used during their college experience and after graduation. Life Skills Mentors are student-athletes who excel in sports and academics. Life Skills Mentors hold individual and/or group meetings with an assigned group of first-year student-athletes. Meetings topics are based on students’ needs and may include topics such as goal setting, time management, effective study skills, sportsmanship, etc. In addition to having a student-athlete mentor, the Academic Success Center provides workshops to assist 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.