The Mariner Academic Strategies and Techniques (MAST) Program is offered through the University’s Learning Center. The MAST Program offers intensive and individualized support for students who have experienced academic difficulties and who want to confront those challenges with new learning strategies. Originally designed to support students with disabilities, the MAST Program is now open to all Marymount California University students.
Highly motivated students who want to strengthen academic skills, improve understanding of the learning process, develop self-advocacy and improve self-confidence should apply. Qualified learning specialists support MAST Program students in an academic coaching and mentoring model that focuses on meta-cognitive – “big picture” learning; enrollment is limited. Students receive an intake assessment to identify the level of support needed, and individualized prescriptive strategies are developed. Consistent and regular support (3-4 appointments per week) is provided by the MAST learning specialist. For details and fees, please view the brochure below. Ruth Proctor, Coordinator of Disability Resources, oversees the MAST Program; she may be reached by email – firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone – 310-377-5501 ext. 7367.
Goals for the MAST Program
- Strengthen academic skills
- Improve understanding of the learning process
- Develop self-advocacy
- Improve self-confidence
- Understand meta-cognitive learning style
- Recognize and eliminate roadblocks to success
- Learn how to use appropriate technology
- Reduce anxiety
- Use goal setting as a motivational tool
- Foster independent learning
- Enhance problem-solving strategies
- Develop sound academic habits
Who should apply?
MAST has been developed to provide intensive and individualized support to students who:
- Have experienced academic difficulty such as receiving low grades or having to repeat a course.
- Are concerned about encountering difficulty at the university level.
- Being placed on conditional admit or academic probation.
- Want to confront these challenges with new strategies.
Highly motivated students should apply to develop:
- Independent study skills to improve opportunities for success in the university environment.
- A greater understanding of individual strengths and weaknesses and how to utilize meta-cognitive learning strategies to improve academic success.
- Skills in using technology to increase opportunities for success.
- Greater skills in managing time and self-discipline in the academic setting.