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Module Nine: Student Success Initiatives
Tutoring

In this section the reader will learn about some academic resources that promote student success. Every university is unique and the programs that support learning are developed based on the needs of the given student population. Here we present a variety of programs that have been designed to promote academic success and enables students to become active and responsible learners. Student success is paramount to teaching. Using academic resources such as tutoring, peer mentoring, and writing instruction are essential to providing students the foundation they need to be successful.  Here you will learn how these academic resources can be deployed at your institution.

Tutoring
The tutorial program is based on a skill development philosophy. In other words, tutoring will be sharply focused on helping students develop and/or sharpen the skills they are learning in the curriculum of a course. To enact this philosophy, tutors will help students identify any skills in which they might be weak or review those in which they may already be proficient as means to reaffirm what they have learned. Naturally, a student will come to tutoring with a sense of why they are seeking support but they typically need help linking those needs to the core learning objectives of the course. A tutor, therefore, will be a "detective" and use the student's needs and/or concerns as a starting point from which skill deficiencies could be identified. Once the problem(s) or areas of review are fully identified, the tutor will work with that student to fortify his understanding of the skill(s), use course content to review its rationale, and use guided practice to help the student gain experience using the course's skills. As the student practices applying the skill(s), it enables him to develop a stronger understanding of the course content and builds confidence utilizing these skills on exams and assignments.
Supplemental Instruction
dents-Helping-Other- Students-To-SucceedSupplemental instruction is an intense level of academic support that, like tutoring, is based in skill development and guided practice. However, supplemental instruction is designed to deliver academic support to students in a specific course by embedding a tutor, or Supplemental Instructor, in the class. Supplemental Instructors (SI) are required to attend the class for which they are offering academic support. This will help build familiarity with the particular skills the faculty member is emphasizing and how the subject matter is being used to engage and develop these skills. The SI will offer two to three sessions a week for students needing help in developing these skills. The Supplemental Instructors are chosen through close collaboration with faculty.
Academic Skills Development Program
The Academic Skills Development Program is designed to help students transition their academic skills to match their individual learning style with course requirements. Services for this program will be delivered in two formats: group workshops and individual meetings with a member of the Student Success Center staff. The topics/skills to be covered include: note taking, organization, and effective reading strategies.
Students Helping Other Students To Succeed
SHOSTS is a student-mentoring program designed to have "seasoned" students mentor new and returning students to enhance the academic experience. Mentors will assist their mentee in navigating the campus environment to make sure they are aware of campus resources, as well as student life events and opportunities.
Student Success Centers
 
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