ERIC Number: ED306859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Skills Center Program: Peer Tutoring, Study Skills Classes, Academic Assistance.
Anderson, Betty Marie; And Others
The Academic Skills Center at Black Hills State University provides a peer assistance program comprising both individual tutoring in classes offered in each academic division and credit classes in study skills. The goal of the Center is to respond effectively and quickly to individual educational needs of students and faculty through a cost-effective, flexible, open-door program. Some of its 10 goals are to: work directly with instructors and students to conquer test anxiety; provide computer assisted study skill instruction for students; and provide an atmosphere of learning and self-improvement for tutors. Peer tutors are upper division students who have earned good grades and can implement appropriate interpersonal skills. All tutors submit a report to the division chair of the division for which they tutor. Sample tutor reports are provided. Study skill and development classes are offered for credit at the school. Objectives include: helping students understand the academic, personal, and social adjustments that college requires; motivating them toward developing more efficient study skills and effective academic values; and improving self direction through the development of more meaningful academic behavior and motivation. Each class is instructed by a team of two students. Suggestions for others interested in launching a peer tutoring center include: be willing to try the impossible; seek criticism and new ideas from peers and tutors; and share reports and successes with the administration. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, College Students, Cooperative Learning, Developmental Studies Programs, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Models, Peer Influence, Peer Teaching, Program Descriptions, State Colleges, Student Needs, Study Skills, Teaching Methods, Tutorial Programs, Tutoring
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Black Hills State Coll., Spearfish, SD.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.