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Academic Success Center

Tutoring, Academic Coaching, Test Reviews, & More!

About the ASC: Info for Instructors

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is ready to assist you and your students in any way we can. If we don't have what you need, try the Library instead.

Use the drop-down menu to the left or go to our homepage to explore all services offered to students and to get even more details on some of the services below. Stay up-to-date on all our events by checking out our calendar.

If you see something you're interested in, reach out to us at ASC@nfc.edu with further inquiries or with the information needed to complete your request.


What can WE do for YOU? Instructor Services include:

  • Student Referrals. If you have a struggling student, refer them to us and we will reach out to them and try to get them to utilize our services. Keep in mind, we also reach out to you or your students after Early Alerts. Instructors and students can make referrals by filling out our Form to Request Academic Assistance.
     
  • ASC Orientations to familiarize your students with the many FREE services offered by the ASC.
    • Note: ASC Orientations are different from Library Orientations.
    • Live OrientationsOrganize a day/time for an ASC staff member to visit your classroom (preferably the first or last 10 minutes of class). Usually, we reach out to instructors to organize these within the first few weeks of the semester (you do not have to wait for us to reach out, though).
    • Online (PowerPoint) Orientations: If you are teaching an online course, we will happily send you a PowerPoint to share with your students through any means you see fit.
    • Online (Video) Orientations: Perfect for online and face-to-face courses. If you can't organize a time for us to visit your class, simply play our video for them!
  • Workshops. While typically offered campus-wide, we can also host workshops specific to your class and class time. Some similar options include:
    • Absent ProfessorIf you know you will be out, but don't want to cancel class, an ASC staff member can fill in for you. Our staff will not be a substitute (i.e. will not follow your lesson plan and teach), but will instead utilize one of our presentations that ties in closely with something going on in your class (such as an in-class test review, a presentation on math anxiety, a workshop on summarizing main ideas, etc.). We are open to specific requests/topics.
    • Test Reviews: the ASC likes to host test reviews outside of class time as well, especially for math courses. If you teach a course we are not qualified to review or you are uncomfortable letting us review with your students (such as CHM 1033 or ECO 2013), we encourage you to host your own outside-of-class test reviews in connection with us.
       
  • Online Resources. By all means, we encourage you to incorporate our resources into your classes. Some popular options may include weblinks and PowerPoints of study skills or subject-specific skills, MLA help or APA help, our Online Writing Consultation, and Smarthinking (online professional tutoring available 24/7).
     
  • Tutoring Reports. We utilize TutorTrac to maintain records of student visits (including their time spent, subject, reason, tutor they worked with, and so forth). At any time, you may request a TutorTrac and/or Smarthinking report regarding students specific to your classes. Popular reasons for wanting a report include: offering extra credit to students who get tutoring, offering time spent in the TutorLab as an alternative to time spent in-class (a great option for research or paper-writing days), or holding students accountable when they claim they've received tutoring.
     
  • Unlisted Peer Tutors. Didn't see a Peer Tutor available for your specific class on the schedule? There may still be someone who can help your students. The Tutor Lab Manager tracks all classes taken by the Peer Tutors, but only advertises those with the highest demand. Contact the ASC Tutor Lab Manager to see if this is the case for your course.

 

 

What can YOU do for US? Tips on utilizing the ASC:

  • Don't Wait. We try to be proactive in reaching out to students and instructors, but if you have a need, by all means please reach out to us first.
     
  • Encourage ASC Usage. Our popularity is largely attributed to instructor participation, whether it be through requiring tutoring on a research paper, offering extra credit for attending a workshop, reminding students of our test reviews, or simply publicizing our department. You help your students keep the ASC in mind!
     
  • Know the rules. If you encourage your students to utilize any service in particular, understand what our expectations are (i.e. our appointment policies, online writing consultation terms and conditions, departmental guidelines, restrictions on the absent professor service, and so forth).
     
  • Donate:
    • Course Materials. If you have an extra textbook or other class materials taking up space, we'd be happy to have it and share it with students who come unprepared.
    • Paper. Before you throw out or recycle old paper, consider giving it to us (must be blank on at least one side and not contain confidential information). Our tutors use the blank side(s) to help students with math problems, brainstorming paper topics, and so forth.
    • Time. Get dean approval and we will welcome you to spend a set number of hours in the Tutor Lab each week to help students in your subject area(s) on a walk-in basis.
    • Ideas. How can we further improve at the ASC?

  • Recommend Peer Tutors. The Tutor Lab is almost constantly recruiting new peer tutors for current or future terms. If you have an outstanding student you would like to recommend, please contact the ASC Tutor Lab Manager so that we can reach out to the potential peer tutor. If an applicant reaches out to you for a recommendation, please be honest and thorough.