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.

Welcome!  We’re so glad you’re here!  In the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services, located in the Center for Student Opportunity, we love helping students like you.  We offer a variety of services designed to help you succeed academically. In response to the pandemic, all academic support services will be offered virtually. In-person appointments are also available by request.  

Join us for the Upcoming Virtual Coffeehouse Series:

Join Us! We are hosting the first in a series of virtual coffee houses designed as an open-forum to share ideas, give you a place to discuss challenges, and provide you with information about certain topics related to your academic and social life at Alma.

  • “How to Be Social During a Pandemic,” Wed., Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and Thurs, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.
  • “Managing Priorities,” Wed., Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and Thurs, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.
  • “Why am I Here at Alma? What Are My Next Steps for Next Semester and Beyond?” Wed., Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and Thurs. Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.
  • “What Are My Campus Resources and How Do I Access Them?” Wed., Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

Please contact Maria Jones or Phil Andre for more information about scheduled workshops at (989) 463-7407.

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.

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 by phone, virtually through Microsoft Teams, or in-person in the CSO Conference Room. 

To schedule an academic support appointment, contact us:

Dr. Abby McGuire, Director of Academic Support and First-Year Retention, specializes in helping first-year students and online students.  She can be reached at (989) 463-7096 or mcguireral@alma.edu.

Maria Jones, Assistant Director of Academic Support and Disability Services, specializes in helping students with disabilities and students on academic jeopardy and probation.  She can be reached at (989) 463-7428 or jonesma@alma.edu.

Dr. Phil Andre, Assistant Director of Academic Support and Disability Services, specializes in helping student athletes, students pursuing the health sciences, and first-year students.  He can be reached (989) 463-7430 or andre@alma.edu.

Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available free of charge for Alma College students. Please visit our tutoring website to learn more about requesting a tutor or applying to be a tutor. Tutoring will be offered online or in person, whichever is decided by the tutor and student pair. 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 Microsoft Teams. 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 224, IPH 227, IPH 344, and PSY 220.  Questions about the SI program should be directed to Maria Jones by phone at (989) 463-7428 or by email jonesma@alma.edu.

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).

Long-Term Loaner Laptops

Do you need access to a laptop for your courses and can’t get one right away?  

The CSO has a limited number of long-term loaner laptops that can be used up to one semester. Students who are unable to immediately repair or purchase of laptop on their own can apply for one online. Click here to complete the application process. 

Questions about the Long-Term Loaner Laptop Program should be directed to Dr. Donnesha Blake, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at blakeda@alma.edu or 989-463-7463.

The ITS Help Desk also has short-term loaner laptops available for a two-week check-out period. If you need a short-term solution, please request one by clicking here.