The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides student-centered programs, resources, and services to develop independent and successful learners.
The ACE study lab is located in the Utley Center near the cafeteria and offers study resources, computers and free tutoring to all RC students. Upstairs from the ACE is the CHILL, which offers a comfortable study area and a place to work with groups. All students are invited to take advantage of these on-campus study environments.
ACE peer tutors are traditional students trained to help with accounting, biblical studies, business, communication, education courses, English, history, math, sciences, and all phases of the writing process. ACE tutors are trained to help you learn concepts, and students should leave the session with a better understanding of the course work. Peer tutoring is an encouraging, engaging, and effective resource for all Rochester College students.
Tutoring is available on a walk-in basis during the traditional academic year, September through April, and by appointment from May through August. For additional information or questions please call 248-218-2173 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Utley Center, downstairs from the CHILL (near Fletcher Cafeteria)
SUMMER 2013 Hours (April 28 – August 23, 2013)
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday Closed
Closed Dates for Summer 2013:
Memorial Day: May 27
Independence Day: July 4
|FALL 2013 Hours (August 26 – December 17, 2013)|
|Monday – Wednesday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||6:00 PM – 10:00 PM|
|CLOSED Dates for Fall 2013|
|Labor Day||September 2|
|Thanksgiving||November 27 – December 1|
|Christmas/New Years||December 23 – January 1|
School of Nursing students are able to make appointments with the peer tutor for nursing, Amanda Horn. To set an appointment online, enter your Accudemia username and password. If you do not know your user name, send an email to email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org – 248-218-2174
Paula Bonbrisco, ACE Director since 2003, has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Saginaw Valley University. She has teacher certification (grades K-8 all subjects and grade 9 Social Studies and English) and 33 years teaching experience in the public schools. Ms. Bonbrisco is currently a member of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for the Tutoring Profession.
Math & Science Coordinator
Dr. Kay Tucker
email@example.com – 248-218-2068
Dr. Kay Tucker, Math and Science Coordinator since August 2011, has a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M, and Doctor of Philosophy; Kinesiology (Dissertation Title: The Effect of Summary Knowledge of Results on Error Detection Capabilities). Dr. Tucker has taken additional master courses in mathematics from 1988-1990 at Sol Ross University.
firstname.lastname@example.org – 248-218-2173
Phebe Dollan, ACE Assistant graduated from Regent University with Master of Arts in Practical Theology and minor in Life-Coaching. Mrs. Dollan has experience in higher education for the past six years working in admission, registration, graduation , and tutoring center. Mrs. Dollan began working in the ACE lab in July 2012 and received training in ACE assistant responsibilities, and online training with Accudemia.
Peer Tutors are able to help with Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra. Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Vivian Turner provides assistance in the ACE Lab and also hosts traditional pre-exam Math study sessions.
Peer Tutors are able to assist with any writing assignment. Please bring your class syllabus and assignment information with you.
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Rochester College’s ACE academic support center is currently offering online support for all RC students including off-campus program courses and students in the online RN/BSN program.
SI Leaders attend traditional classes, take notes and read the assigned material. SI is offered in the required freshman Bible courses. Students who attend SI sessions discover appropriate application of study strategies as they review content material. SI sessions are open to all students in the course on a voluntary basis. Studies show a higher classroom GPA in students who attend SI Sessions!
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Study Guides and Strategies The Study Guides and Strategies web site is authored, developed and maintained by Joe Landsberger as an educational public service. These student guides are collaboratively maintained across institutional and national boundaries, and last revised March, 2008. Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners.
Effective Study Skills This web page on study skills is designed to help you improve your learning. Effective study skills must be practiced in order for you to improve.
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Style Guide Links
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The official Modern Language Association Internet site, MLA.org www.mla.org
The Society of Biblical Literature, (SBL) official Web site
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For additional information or questions call (248) 218-2173, or e-mail email@example.com.
Concerns about ACE tutors should be addressed to ACE Director, Paula Bonbrisco, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need appointment?
During the traditional students’ fall and spring semesters (September-May), students are welcome to walk into the ACE Lab. To use the services the ACE Lab is located next to the cafeteria in the Utley Center/Westside Central. You can call (248) 218-2173 or check the weekly schedule in the ACE Lab to confirm that a math tutor will be in the lab.
During the summer, ACE offers help on the main campus by appointment only. Please note, since the traditional students are not on campus summer tutoring is limited. If you anticipate needing a lot of math support please take that under consideration when scheduling your classes.
Check the main ACE page for hours and closed dates.
Who are the ACE Math Academic Assistants?
RC’s math tutors are traditional students who excel in Math courses. The tutors undergo extensive training and are expected to perform all tasks with a supportive, attentive attitude. If he/she does not know the answers to your questions, he/she is expected to help you find them. Concerns about ACE tutors should be addressed to ACE Director, Paula Bonbrisco, email@example.com.
Which mathematics classes do they support?
Currently, the tutors provide assistance for Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra, Pre-calculus and Calculus.
Are Math professors available for assistance?
Vivian Turner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, devotes up to 5 hours a week in the ACE Lab and in scheduled math labs. Mrs. Turner’s weekly hours are posted in the ACE Lab or call (248) 218-2173 . In addition, all RC math instructors are willing to meet with students during office hours, check your class syllabus for those hours.
What should I bring when I come for assistance?
Bring your book, your assignment, your calculator, and your own class notes. You also should bring the assignment as you attempted it, for it is important to at least try the assignment before coming to a tutoring session. Note cards, used to record pertinent material for portable study, are also helpful.
What kind of assistance can I expect?
The tutors are trained to be encouraging and to help you build on your strengths in order gain confidence in math. The goal of the tutor is to help you develop a richer understanding of math concepts and not to just complete the assignment. The advantage of one-on-one tutoring is that the tutor can work with you until you understand the concept and can work the problems correctly. They are trained to ask leading questions that will direct you toward the correct steps. They will not do your assignment problems, but they will do similar problems until you can complete the assignment independently. The tutor will ask you to explain your thinking and will model their own thinking as he or she verbalizes and illustrates approaches to problem solving. ACE tutors will not assist you with take-home quizzes or exams.
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Do I need appointment?
During the traditional fall and spring semesters (September-May), you are welcome to walk into the study lab next to the cafeteria. You can call (248) 218-2173 or check the weekly schedule in the ACE Lab to confirm that a writing tutor will be in the lab.
During summer courses, ACE offers help on the main campus, by appointment only. Please note, since the traditional students are not on campus summer tutoring is limited. If you anticipate needing a lot of support please consider that when scheduling your classes.
Check the main ACE page for hours and closed dates.
What should you expect from ACE writing tutors?
What should you not expect from the ACE writing assistants?
What else should you know?
Repeat visitors to the ACE Lab agree that…*
*Based on 2010-2012 semester evaluations