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Tutoring

Advisor Resource Page

We recognize that advisors are an important key to a student's academic success and personal development. The Academic Centers for Excellence offers these co-curricular resources to assist you as you address the core skills your students need to be effective college-level learners and, ultimately, graduates from IU South Bend.

Tutoring
Study Smarter
Learning Skills
Quick Reference
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Tutoring

ACE offers tutoring for many gateway courses (biology, business, chemistry, computer science, physics and world languages-to name a few). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this free tutoring for every IU South Bend course and the services are limited to current IU South Bend students. Additionally, it is a drop-in center (located in AI 122) so most tutoring will be provided in a group setting. Check our online schedule for subjects/ days/ times. To assist your students in maximizing their time with a tutor, it would be helpful for them to read our brochure, How to Get the Most Out of a Tutoring Session.



Study Smarter

In Spring of 2009, we saw a number of non-traditional students who came into the Center struggling because they had been out of school for several years. They did not have particular content issues but were having difficulty with college-level learning skills. In response, we developed our Study Smarter program. Academic coaches are specially trained and administer pre- and post-tests to measure students' progress. Additionally, students complete goal sheets each time they meet with a Study Smarter coach so they establish some accountability for their own performance. In order for real behavioral change to take place it will be necessary for most students to meet with their coach a minimum of six times.

We limit participation to 25 students each semester. Students can request a Study Smarter coach online or by coming by the Learning Center.



Learning Skills

The Academic Centers for Excellence has several ways to assist students in developing college-level learning skills. For students who prefer to work on their own, our Learning Resources page has a number of learning skills handouts (in addition to study tips and information about specific content areas).

A new tool you may find helpful for some of your students struggling academically is our Study Skills Inventory. The online, self-scoring survey will provide cut scores in six different categories so you and the student can work on action plans for specific areas of difficulty. Additionally, the student can select his/her advisor to receive a copy of the results via email (see the drop-down box).

The six areas addressed by the Inventory (Time Management, Note Taking, Test Taking, Memory, Concentration and Reading) will also be offered throughout the fall and spring semesters as Academic Skills Workshops. Students are encouraged to sign-up for these workshops online and they will be contacted by our office prior to the workshop to remind them of their intended participation.

Lastly, we also offer an online Barsch Learning Styles inventory that is also self-scoring. The Academic Centers for Excellence also offers a Learning Styles workshop in the fall and spring semesters.

Quick Reference

Student Difficulty ACE Resource(s)


Course content Tutoring


Hard to concentrate Academic Skills Workshop
Barsch Learning Styles Inventory
Study Smarter program


Ineffective test taking skills Academic Skills Workshop
Study Smarter program
Tutoring


Lack of motivation Study Smarter program


Lack of college-level study skills Academic Skills Workshop
Learning Survey
Study Smarter program
Tutoring


Overwhelmed with course work Study Smarter program
Tutoring


Poor organizational skills Study Smarter program


Poor reading comprehension Academic Skills Workshop


Returning student (out of school for some time) Academic Skills Workshop
Barsch Learning Styles Inventory
Learning Survey
Study Smarter program
Tutoring


Underdeveloped time management skills Academic Skills Workshop
Study Smarter program


Unable to understand course content Tutoring


Other

You can help us by referring qualified students for employment as tutors and student assistants. The Academic Centers for Excellence is a great on-campus job. It provides students with meaningful para-professional experience with flexible hours. Student Assistants need to have basic computer experience, excellent people skills, and no campus disciplinary record.



Questions
If you have any questions, please email the center or stop by.

website last updated on September 19, 2013, by Christine Cummings