Academic Support Services
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center is located in the Administration Building, Room 130. It focuses on:
• advising (for new first-year students, transfer students and undeclared students)
• walk-in advising for all students
• placement testing
• special first-year initiatives such as the First-Year Programs
• organization of student workshops that deal with academic issues
• tutoring for all academic subjects.
Peer Advisors: The Academic Success Center sponsors a team of Peer Advisors who can provide academic information about programs, policies, and procedures. New students and those unsure of their choice of major are encouraged to drop-in and speak with these students who are resources for support and referral.
The aim of Tutoring Services is to increase student academic effectiveness. After a preliminary assessment, assistance is provided on a one-to-one or small group basis. The primary thrust of the service is directed toward 100- and 200-level courses, as this is the time when students are learning how to adjust to college-level study. The focus, therefore, is on learning how to learn rather than on content area tutoring. Accordingly, tutors assist students in improving their study skills, test-taking skills, and time management skills.
Students who think they may need academic assistance in order to achieve their educational objectives should visit the Academic Success Center as soon as possible to maximize the benefit of the service.
Math Lab Services
The Worcester State University Math Lab, housed next to the Math Department (S143), is staffed with a supervisor and peer tutors with day and evening hours (Monday through Friday). Its main function is to offer students, who have not received a passing score on the Accuplacer Arithmetic and/or Elementary Algebra test, resources for skill development.
This lab offers developmental tutoring on a walk-in basis and houses the mathematics library as well as tutorial software. Any student in need of refreshing their mathematics skills, or tutoring for MA 098 and MA 099, may use this lab which has both a wireless network connection for lap-top users and several desktop computer stations.
The Writing Center
Located in Sullivan 306, the Writing Center is a resource available free of charge to all members of the Worcester State University community. The Writing Center is staffed by graduate assistants and peer tutors who represent a variety of majors and interests.
Sessions can be arranged on an appointment or drop-in basis, and the staff of the Writing Center can address basic and advanced writing needs. The Writing Center also hosts Writenet (www.worcester.edu/owl), an online writing center that offers instruction and support over the World Wide Web.