Academics

Academic Support Services

Whether it’s making the adjustment to college academics, getting through a challenging course, figuring out how to maximize study time, or finding a different approach to test taking, we’re here to help

With the developments of COVID-19, all academic support services will offered online or via phone. To learn how to access these services during this time, please read through the various options below.

We offer a variety of services designed to assist students. These include:

Individual Appointments

Students desiring one-on-one assistance can make individual appointments with an academic support specialist to discuss difficulties, identify needs, find resources, and develop a plan for improvement. Appointments will be offered either via phone or virtually through Google Hangouts. To schedule an appointment call Maria Jones at (989) 463-7428 or email jonesma@alma.edu or Rhonda Linn at (989) 463-7407 or email linnrm@alma.edu.

Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available free of charge for Alma College students. All tutoring services will be offered via Google Hangouts. To request a tutor, email actutor@alma.edu with the following information: what class(es) you would like a tutor for, the best way for your tutor to contact you (include your phone number if it’s by phone), and any preferences you have for your tutor. Questions about the tutoring program should be directed to Maria Jones by phone at (989) 463-7428 or by email jonesma@alma.edu.

Supplementation Instruction 

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a resource in which a peer SI Leader attends class and hosts 1-2 study sessions each week. This is different from the tutoring program as it is meant to foster collaborative learning among the participants in a group setting. SI can also happen in conjunction with tutoring. All SI sessions have been moved online via Google Hangouts. The following classes have SI sessions and should look for an email with information on how to access the SI sessions online: BIO 121, BUS 221, CHM 115, CHM 223, IPH 224, & IPH 344.  Questions about the SI program should be directed to Maria Jones by phone at (989) 463-7428 or by email jonesma@alma.edu.

Workshops

Workshops on a variety of topics are offered regularly throughout the term. Some of the general topics include time management, note taking, study skills, test taking, organization, learning strategies and stress management. Please contact Rhonda Linn for scheduled workshops at (989) 463-7407.

Strategic Learning Class

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of the learning process and help students develop skills that can enhance performance. This is a 1 credit class that spans over seven weeks of the semester.

The four sections of this course include Basics (adjusting to college, time management, organization), Strategic Learning (learning styles, note taking, study skills, exam skills), Personal Awareness (managing stress, staying healthy, balancing workload), and Moving Forward (academic plan, goal setting, career exploration).