Academic Support Available to Students

Now that mid-terms are over, some students might want to review their study habits to be more successful when finals roll around. The Student Advising and the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) offer some tips.

Studying at a university can be a daunting experience for some, especially for new, transfer or first-generation students, but help is available. Gretchen Potter, director of Academic Advising with the College of Arts & Sciences, said after mid-terms some students learn that the strategies they used in high school no longer work at the university level. Potter offers some tips for students to improve their academics:

  1. Plan on spending at least two to three hours a week of homework per credit. For example, a four-credit class would mean eight to 12 hours on average of homework per week.
  2. Test yourself online before a quiz or test your knowledge with a friend.
  3. Take advantage of faculty office hours for extra help.

The Tran Library is another good resource for student success. Peer tutors like Megan McKinney work with students to set goals and learn new strategies in specific subject areas. McKinney ’20, who is earning an education degree, said the most rewarding part of her job is watching a student’s confidence grow when new writing skills click for them.

CLASS tutoring is available for undergraduate and graduate students in various subjects, including occupational therapy and physical therapy. Students can walk in to the second floor of the library or book an appointment with tutors who are available Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Online tutoring is also accessible using videoconferencing to students at all campuses in writing and select subjects.

Since September, the tutoring center has logged more than 400 appointments, and Student Success Librarian and Assistant Professor Josie Ragolia hopes more students will use tutoring services. Ragolia, who is also on Pacific’s Diversity Committee, said she’s exploring hiring bilingual tutors. Pacific currently has an American Sign Language tutor, an ESL support tutor, and three Foreign Language Teaching Assistants. Pacific is also working towards tutor certification from the College Reading and Learning Association.

Learn more about a full range of academic supports offered at Pacific.




Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019