Supplemental Instruction (SI), Tutoring, on-line tutoring, Global Voices, Educational Skillshops and make-up testing.
Nicoly Myles, Ed.D.
Director of Academic Support
Academic Support Magazine
Do you want to be successful during your time at Life University, but you feel that there is some additional academic support that you need to achieve that goal? Do you know where to get that support at Life University? Do you want to “find your way to success,” but don’t know where to start? Life University’s SSC Academic Support is here to help you with “finding your way to success” for academic excellence by offering services to assist you with achieving your academic goals!
Academic Support Services
SSC offers a variety of services to support students in achieving their academic goals. In addition to helping students improve their study skills and develop learning strategies to enhance academic achievement, assistance is also made available through these services:
- Supplemental Instruction (SI)
- Online Tutoring
- Educational Skillshops
- Global Voices
- Stars Peer Mentoring
- Make-up Testing
- Open Learning Resource Centers
Fall 2020, the Life University’s SSC Academic Support Tutoring Program was awarded the Level 1 of the CRLA Tutoring International Certificate (ITTPC). ITTPC provides professionals with the opportunity to create, improve, and expand tutor and peer educator training for a campus’ unique programs.
Benefits of Certification
CRLA-certified programs demonstrate high standards:
- Certification provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ and peer educators’ successful work;
- Certification sets professional standards of skill and training for tutors and peer educators;
- Certification augments program credibility for administrators and institutions.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI), created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled; voluntary, out-of-class group study sessions driven by students’ needs. Sessions are facilitated by trained peer SI leaders who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups.
- To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
- To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
- To increase the graduation rates of students
SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary, drop-in program.
The Student Success Center tutoring program assists students with Improving their learning strategies in order to promote independence and empowerment inside the classroom. The purpose of tutoring is to help students help themselves and assisting them to become independent learners.
Students may access online tutoring through Tutor Me. The link to access this online tutoring is found on Blackboard in all courses in which the student is enrolled. Students will need to refer to Tutor Me’s schedule for subject availability and the times they are offered.
Academic Skillshops are free workshops that provide helpful skills to assist in student success. There are two types of skillshops: Academic Success and Campus Connections.
Academic Success skillshops help students develop effective learning strategies, such as improving their studying, goal setting, and time management skills through interactive processes and individual one-on-one appointments.
Campus Connections skillshops are presented by professionals around campus that help students develop effective life strategies that are needed outside of academics, such as financial literacy, media literacy, care and compassion, and counseling.
Global Voices helps non-native, English-speaking students to strengthen their communication, written, and comprehension skills so that they may be more successful in their academic programs at Life University. Students can find resources to enhance their reading, writing, comprehending, and speaking of the English language, along with other support. Global Voices has 2 full-time academic support professionals available to assist the students with their English language needs. Global Voices is located in Mod 4.
AALPHA (African American Leaders Promoting Higher Achievement) offers academic support resources for Multicultural, primarily African American students: Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic as they transition and adjust to their new cultural and academic surroundings. We want to guide our students towards achieving their academic, cultural transition and leadership goals as they join Life U’s community.
Stars Peer Mentoring
The STARS Peer Mentoring Program promotes academic success, persistence, and relationship building by connecting first- and second-year students with upperclassmen that can offer helpful information and share their own experiences.
Make-Up Testing is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 11:00a.m. during weeks 1 through 10. There is no make-up testing during finals week. All testing is conducted in room 152 in the CCE building. Purple make-up request forms are available outside the lobby of the SSC in the CCE building. The forms must be filled out and signed by a faculty member prior to the exam. No appointment is needed.
Open Learning Resource Centers
There are two (2) open learning environments that encourages independent or group study. The learning labs are located in CCE 109 and CGUS 218.
Alternately, a copy of the SI, tutoring, and educational workshop schedules can be collected from the SSC in the CCE building ,on the SSC Blackboard page, or the SSC Facebook page.