Academic Support

About Us

Mission Statement: The Academic Support Mission

The primary objective of the tutors in the Academic Success Center is to help students acquire or improve skills that will enable them to succeed with future assignments. We attempt to give students the tools necessary to do well in their courses as well as in their future careers.

We understand that one of the most important skills a student needs for success in life is critical thinking. That is why our approach is primarily non-directive. Tutors in the Academic Success Center are facilitators, guiding students through the process of learning the skills specific to the discipline they are studying. However, throughout the process we encourage students to think critically for themselves. Allowing students to generate their own ideas and solutions in this way provides them with lasting results and prevents them from using the Academic Success Center as a permanent crutch.

This approach requires tutors to help students from the perspective of both a fellow learner and of a teacher. Facilitating a session will often require tutors to focus just as much on the ways of learning as on the finished result. Therefore, the success of a tutoring session depends not only on the success of the particular item that the session focuses on, but also on whether or not the session increases the student’s permanent, often transferable, skills.

Our goal is not to provide students with a quick fix or to give them a band-aid for unsatisfactory grades. Instead, the Academic Success Center strives to:

  • Develop students’ ability to think critically and creatively on their own so that they can overcome learning hurdles, even when a tutor is not available
  • Provide students with the means to tackle a variety of learning situations successfully
  • Help students to better understand “how” to learn by teaching them the skills necessary to study more efficiently and absorb information effectively
  • Give students access to the resources they need to successfully complete the tasks required of an Alvernia student

Contact Information

Megan King
Academic Learning Specialist

Amanda Funk
Academic Learning Specialist
Graduate & Adult Education

Jami Gresh
Graduate Assistant

Appointment Hotline:

Academic Success Center
Bernardine Hall - Suite 105

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