By: Katie Head, Vanguard Staff Writer
“Studying hard might be smart, but studying smart is absolutely brilliant!” is the slogan for an academic success program started this semester.
Tutoring for Academic Progress, T.A.P., is a program meant for all students who may need help with a particular course, strengthening their study skills or are ‘A’ students looking for that ‘A+.’
“We want to help students become better students,” said Ann Coburn-Collins, director of the office of adjunct faculty support.
This program provides students with both one-on-one and group tutoring sessions with a professional tutor who teaches in their content area.
“All tutors are members of the adjunct faculty with degrees,” Coburn said. “ They are professionals who have had experience in this area in order to get where they are now.”
For the fall semester, there are five subjects being offered: COMM 105, ECON 125, HST-100 (B, C, D, E,), PSYC 100 and SOC 111 & 112.
“This program was made in order to narrow in and focus on the courses where first year freshmen have the greatest challenge,” said Charles Davenport, coordinator of Tutoring for Academic Success
“This is sort of like a pretest,” Coburn said. “If we are successful, we will add more classes.”
There is a possibility that students may be hired as mentors as the program grows.
“The tutors are going to triage different problems to find where students have strengths and weaknesses and go from there,” Coburn said.
“We want to see what works and what doesn’t,” said Davenport.
This program is aimed at helping students strengthen skills in many areas of study.
“It’s not always the content that’s the problem,” Coburn said.
Students who attend T.A.P. can take away skills such as how to take better notes during lectures to tackling the assigned book and material through critical reading.
“Time management is also an issue,” Coburn said. “First year freshmen come in to all this free time and don’t know how to manage it.”
“We want students to start working smarter and become more successful,” Davenport said.
T.A.P. is located on the third floor of Zahnow Library. Currently, sessions and times are limited, but necessary hours will be added. All walk-ins are welcome, but appointments come first.
“Tutoring for academic progress is an important piece but not the only piece,” Davenport said “Students should take advantage of all services available to them.”
“We encourage students to come see us,” Coburn said.