Academic Support Center Devoted to Student Success

The Academic Support Center (ASC), is a designated area of Valhalla and the extension cites at Cross County, Mount Vernon and Peekskill that devote a time, space and faculty to assist students through achieving their academic goals. They accomplish this by having adjuncts, retired teachers, current professor, students, and volunteers available throughout the day to assist students in various areas of studies.

Inside the Valhalla ASC, there are 80 tutors, including six full time coordinators which are faculty members that give the students the tools they need to achieve their academic goals. These tutors are able and willing to help students if their aim is to sharpen up their understanding on a topic, prepare for an upcoming test, or to overcome a troubling problem in their homework.

Students are encouraged to come early in the semester to get accustomed to the center, learn how to schedule with tutors, and check out the designated rooms for the subjects. What makes the ASC easy to access is that there is no need for tedious individual scheduling, a student can simply walk into the designated room for their subject and there will be a group of tutors available and ready for questions.

“People who come to the Academic Support Center do better on average than students who don’t,” said Karen Heidmanna, a frequent mathematics tutor at the ASC who shared that students show improvement in many areas of their school work including homework, tests and even in class participation.

This type of free tutoring service is rare but what sets the ASC apart from other types of tutoring services is the ability to give students a place where they can feel free to ask questions with no social pressures. They are free to find a tutor that they feel optimizes their study time while leaving the student with the free will of being able to come and go as they please, freeing them of time restrictions.

“The dynamic is different as the students ask more questions than in the classroom. Students are usually afraid to stick out, but in the support center there is no peer pressure and no hesitation,” said Joanna M. Peters, the ASC coordinator.

Math, science, physics, and writing tutorial rooms are present throughout the semester, yet it isn’t the only service the ASC offers. They host workshops for building and managing various skills such as writing, studying and test taking and even organizing.

“The tutoring at the support center helps students understand concepts and lessons that they otherwise have trouble in the class, math is my weakest subject and I was having difficulties in the beginning of the semester, but through the helpful assistance from the tutors, I was able to achieve a B.” said Pamela White, a WCC student who is grateful for ASC continuing service.

For easy access to the Valhalla ASC go to the Library ground floor. As mentioned before, students don’t need an appointment and are even able to borrow textbooks during their tutoring sessions. The Valhalla ASC is open from 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Friday the center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dreaded finals week is soon to be here, so students should make sure to stop in the ASC to be at their best.

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