Medaille College Academic Success Center: Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and Workshops

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Academic Success Center

Medaille College Academic Success Center (ASC)
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The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides an environment rooted in academic excellence and built upon individual student success. All registered Medaille students are welcome, whether a recent high school graduate, an adult returning to college, a transfer student, or non-matriculated.

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Academic Success Center
Huber 107
(716) 880-2214
Make an Appointment

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, By Appointment Only

About the Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC), a part of the division of Academic Affairs provides academic support and excellence focused on student success. ASC is a vital component of the Medaille College community. Our goal is to work collaboratively across campus to provide high-quality academic support services that prepare students for success as they launch out into their communities as leaders. We provide a variety of services to the campus community including:

Academic Advisement

Accessibility Accommodations

Preparatory Curriculum

Subject-Specific Tutoring

 

Meet the Academic Success Center Team

Tutoring

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers peer and professional tutoring services, in a full range of subject areas for both individual and group sessions. Our tutors will provide you with personal attention as you study for tests, quizzes, write papers, and work on research projects.  We offer both online and in-person tutoring for a range of subject areas including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, mathematics, accounting, and veterinary technology courses.

 

When to Start Working with a Tutor

As you prepare for the semester, our top priority is helping you be successful in meeting your career goals. Through our tutoring services we help you understand and engage with active study techniques to achieve a greater understanding of the course material. So, here are some things to help you recognize when it’s time to sign up for tutoring:

  • The first sign that you are having trouble in a course.
  • Your grades are a little lower than you expected.
  • When you’re not sure how to organize your notes, or how to study for a quiz or test.
  • You receive a referral from your instructor or academic advisor for tutoring.

 

Make an Appointment

Tutoring sessions will take place in the ASC in 107 Huber, or online through Blackboard Collaborate. You can schedule your tutoring appointment online. However, if you need to cancel or reschedule your tutoring session, please do so 24 hours prior to your appointment, by using the online link, emailing tutoring@medaille.edu, or calling the front desk at (716) 880-2214.

 

Preparing for Your Tutor Appointment

  • Read and complete the tutoring contract before your first appointment.
  • Bring a copy of your course syllabus, assignment, a textbook, laptop, notes, and any specific questions that you may have regarding your session.

 

Tutoring Subjects

We provide peer and professional tutoring in a variety of subjects including but not limited to: Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Psychology, Mathematics, and Veterinary Technology. The courses that specifically align within these areas are as follows:

ACC 101 ENG 105 PSY 100
BIO 101 ENG 111 MAT 105
CHE 100 GEN 131 VET 100
CHE 145    

If you don’t see the subject in which you’re looking to be tutored in, just complete our tutoring subject request form. We are continuously searching for tutors based on the needs of students change.   

In addition to our peer and professional tutors; SMARTHINKING is available to all registered Medaille students via Medaille360

 

Apply to be a Tutor

Medaille College Academic Success Center Peer Tutoring

Providing peer tutoring is a rewarding experience that allows you the professional growth for your career while the ability to serve your fellow classmates. We hire tutors based on the demand in the subject area. To become a peer tutor, you must be at least a sophomore and have earned a B or higher in the course that you wish to tutor, complete the application, transcripts, and receive a recommendation from faculty member. If you would like to become a tutor and join our team, be sure to complete the following:

Preparatory Curriculum

  • ENG 105
    The course introduces the fundamentals of college reading and writing in multiple media, specifically, and aims to foster a more general understanding of college as a culture. This course introduces reading, thinking, and writing as active, critical processes which are intrinsically linked. In developing active reading process skills, vocabulary enhancement strategies, and the abilities to recognize text features and organizational patterns, this course emphasizes fundamental skills for reading and writing across the curriculum. Writing skills specifically addressed include the following: pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing; paragraph and essay organization; the importance of critical thinking, clarity, and conciseness; grammar; and introductory source integration and attribution. In both modes, audience awareness and rhetorical purpose will be addressed.
  • MAT 105
    An introductory algebra course including topics such as numbers and their properties, exponents, ratios, proportion, percentage, equations and inequalities, polynomials, graphs, and problem solving.

Academic Resources for Students

Say Yes to Education
Through one-on-one personalized support, we assist in guiding students through the college experience, from start to finish. Say Yes students graduate from Medaille prepared to contribute to society in meaningful, impactful ways.

    Computers and Printers
    The H106 Learning Lab is equipped with computers that can be used to type up a paper, utilize online resources or check email.

    Using the Computers

    • Students must know their student ID number and sign in via Accutrack.
    • Students must have a Medaille username and password to log on to the computers.

    Printing

    • Printing is available and deducted from your printing allotment.
    • No color printing is available in this computer lab.


    Vet Tech and Biology Resources
    The ASC has several resources for vet tech and biology students that may be used in the Center. These resources can be used by students for both individual and group study. They may also be used with a tutor during a tutoring session.

    • Compound light microscopes and slides
    • Cat skeletons
    • Chemistry model kit


    Media Resources
    The ASC offers the following items, available to borrow for up to fours hours at a time, unless otherwise specified. Please come to Huber 107 with your student ID in order to borrow any of the following:

    • Graphing calculators
    • Scientific calculators
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Protractor
    • Headphones
    • Glue sticks
    • iPads (may only be used within the center and the library)


    Math Resources
    Listed below are links to resources which may assist you in becoming a successful math student. If you have any questions or concerns about your math course, please make an appointment for assistance. Our tutors love math and are ready to help you!

    Success in Mathematics
    Tips on how to study mathematics, how to approach problem-solving, how to study for and take tests, and when and how to get help.

    10 Ways to Reduce Math Anxiety
    Mathematics anxiety has been defined as feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers, as well as the solving of mathematical problems in a wide variety of ordinary life and academic situations. Math anxiety can cause one to forget and lose one's self-confidence (Tobias, S., 1993).

    Note-Taking Tips for Math
    Taking accurate notes can help to alleviate some of the struggles and anxiety associated with a math course.


    Reading/Writing Resources
    Below you will find a number of resources that will help you in various stages of the writing process. Of course, you may always make an appointment for assistance with any of these topics -- we are here to help!

    Citations and Bibliographies
    Here you will find information on MLA, APA, CSE and Chicago citation styles.

    Getting Started with Research
    Having trouble finding scholarly resources? We recommend beginning with these databases:
    EBSCO
    ProQuest

    Grammar and Mechanics
    The Purdue OWL website is a well-known and regarded resource for college students, free and open to all. Here you will find information on use of punctuation, grammar and sentence structure. You'll also find sample papers and informational materials for MLA, APA, Chicago and CSE citation styles.

    Vocabulary Builder
    While this website is geared toward GRE preparation, it is also a fun way to quiz yourself and improve your vocabulary in the process. You may advance to the next level only after you have mastered all of the words in each list. How far can you go?

    Modern Language Association (MLA)
    Official MLA style guide.

    American Psychological Association (APA) Style
    Official APA style guide.

    Random Name Generator
    Great tool for creative writers looking for character names. You can adjust settings to output more common or more obscure names.

    The Complete Works of Shakespeare
    Organized by genre.

    The Mark Twain Project
    Devoted to scholarship and preservation of Twain's works.

    The American Academy of Poets
    A wealth of information for those who love poetry.

     

    ASC Resources for Faculty

    Under Construction – More Information Coming Soon.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I have to sign in to use the computers?
    Sign-in is required for all computer use, whether for assignments, internet, printing or personal use. We keep a record to help us understand and anticipate students' computer needs.

    Do you have textbooks I can borrow?
    No, the Academic Success Center does not have a textbook borrowing library.

    How long are tutoring appointments?
    Tutoring appointments are 30 minutes. If the tutor does not have a scheduled appointment after your session, the session may continue for another 30 minutes. TRiO, Pathways and students taking online classes may schedule 60-minute appointments. Tardiness will not extend the original appointment. If a student arrives 15 minutes late, they may be asked to reschedule.

    How do I make or cancel an appointment?
    Appointments can be made or changed in three ways:
    At the ASC front desk, 107 Huber
    By phone, (716) 880-2214
    Or, make an appointment online

    How do I sign out a calculator?
    Graphing, scientific and basic calculators may be borrowed at the ASC counter (Huber 107) with your student ID. Items may be borrowed in increments of up to four hours at a time.

    What else may I borrow?
    Scissors
    Rulers
    Protractors
    Headphones
    Glue sticks

    The follow items may also be borrowed, but may only be used within the ASC or the library:
    Microscopes
    Slides
    Cat skeletal bones
    iPads

    Who is my tutor?
    Tutors are selected when the student makes their appointment. The student can verify their selection by going to the view/cancel screen within Accutrack, our appointment software. On the day of the appointment, while signing in, the name of the tutor will flash on the screen. The ASC staff is available to assist the student in connecting with their tutor.

    Can I take my make-up test at the ASC?
    Make-up tests are not proctored by the ASC; rather, students must work directly with professors to complete make-up tests.

    How do I know if I am signed in or out?
    To sign in for an appointment, the student must log in using their 8-digit student ID number for both username and password. Upon login, a confirmation flashes across the screen, stating date, time, subject and tutor's name. A confirmation also appears upon signing out, stating session duration, subject and date. A tutor evaluation will occasionally be offered before the sign-out confirmation appears. The survey is optional but greatly appreciated, as it is an excellent way to provide feedback to tutors.

    Am I allowed to take my test at the ASC?
    Testing accommodations for students registered with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is housed within the Academic Success Center in Huber 107. Qualified students may complete tests, quizzes and exams in this separate location. Students may schedule their testing appointments prior to the date of the assessment, using their student ID. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments help OAS prepare for students' needs (computer setup, assistive technology, reader assignment, etc.).

    Appointments can be made or changed in three ways:
    At the ASC front desk, 107 Huber
    By phone, (716) 880-2214
    Or, make an appointment online

    May I print a record of my tutoring visit(s)?
    Yes, students may print a report of their tutoring session(s) at the Academic Success Center, in Huber 107. Specific dates and times may be selected, going back as far as the start of the current semester. A staff member will be present to assist in printing record(s).

    What is TRiO and how do I know if I qualify?
    Medaille College's TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program can help! TRiO SSS is a federally funded program whose mission is to help eligible participants graduate with the grades and skills necessary for success in school and in life, after graduation. Students admitted into the TRiO SSS program receive free services above and beyond those available to the general College population. Medaille's TRiO SSS program has served more than 200 low income, first-generation students per year, since 1980. We take an integrated approach, developing each participant's leadership potential during their years at Medaille. Learn more about TRiO SSS.

    Can I drop off my paper to be edited?
    No. If you need assistance with a paper, you may make an appointment to work with a tutor. Your tutor will help you identify and correct grammar mistakes, as well as learn to use proper grammar in the future.

    When I arrive at the ASC for an appointment, how do I check in?
    Please sign in at the ASC front desk, located at Huber 107. Students should sign in at the computer and then alert a staff member to their arrival. If you need help, staff is available to assist in signing in or in making/changing an appointment.

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