Often, time management is the first skill that needs to be developed to achieve academic success. Initial tutorial appointments help students establish a personalized time management plan, while subsequent sessions focus on improvement of study skills. Through a series of specially-developed handouts, lectures, and workshops, students can work with their tutors and on their own to sharpen study skills and have a successful Marymount California University experience.
How do we know what you need?
During the first few weeks of each term, all incoming students are asked by the Learning Center to participate in an on-line study skills assessment tool – the LASSI. This nationally-normed inventory provides each student with an individualized profile of his/her strengths and weaknesses over ten areas relevant to academic success, including:
Learning Center faculty members conduct follow-up classroom presentations to assist students in interpreting their LASSI results and encourage students to focus on improving at least two areas during the first semester. Students take the post-LASSI near the end of the first semester. This provides individuals with concrete evidence of improvement, while identifying areas that still need to be improved. Students learn about the resources available at Marymount California University for enhancing the critical areas that lead to academic success. Students report that they find the LASSI very useful in recognizing the components of learning. Data reveals that, by changing behaviors in only a few of these areas, students realize increased success. In fact, over 90 percent of Marymount freshmen improve in at least two areas measured by the LASSI in their first semester.
The Peer Partner Program
The Peer Partner Program is an effective mentoring tool that partners students who are identified as academically “at risk,” or those who feel they need help, with Learning Center Peer Partner Mentors. Typically, the peer partners––student and mentor––meet on a weekly basis. The mentors are selected from among the Learning Center peer tutors, and receive additional training in study skills and accessing campus resources. Participation by students needing help is voluntary; however, students who are on academic probation are strongly encouraged to participate. Students may sign up for a Peer Partner for one or more semesters through the Coordinator of Learning Enhancement Programs in the Learning Center. The goal of the Peer Partner Program is to help students stay academically-focused and become confident, successful college students through targeted and consistent one-on-one peer mentoring.
Peer Partner Program Brochure
For additional information, contact:
Learning Center Coordinator of Mentoring Programs, Israel Reynoso:
310-377-5501, ext. 7361 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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