Academic Support Centers and Annandale Faculty Collaborate for Student Success

ASC Tutors at a Training Workshop.

The Annandale Campus Academic Support Centers – part of the newly renamed Learning and Technology Resources Division – collaborate frequently with a diverse group of faculty members to facilitate and enhance student success. From orientations to workshops to presentations, students discover the advantages of using the Academic Support services. In turn, campus faculty reap the benefits of these interactions through improved student learning outcomes.

Each semester, the Language Center invites all instructors of English as a Second Language (ESL) and World Language courses to bring their students to the Center for orientations to its services, which include tutoring and instructional software. Veronica Campos (ESL supervisor) and Lesley Walton (World Language facilitator) offer weekly conversation workshops for anyone interested in improving his or her English, French or Spanish, and they provide regular updates on student use to faculty.

Tutoring Center Supervisor Mark Johnson works very closely with accounting, biology, chemistry, physics and credit-level math faculty to tailor the Center’s services to their students’ needs. He recruits the top students in these disciplines to tutor fellow students in both one-on-one and small group formats, reinforcing classroom instruction and augmenting student learning. Additionally, the Tutoring Center holds exam review sessions for specific college “gatekeeper” and high-enrollment courses.

Writing Center Supervisor Eric Sentell offers orientations to the Writing Center’s services, which include face-to-face and online tutoring. After conferring with faculty, the Center has created a workshop series to complement writing instruction in English, science and history courses. These workshops are offered on a regular schedule or at the request of faculty. Sentell has also collaborated with Kevin Simons from the Annandale Library to offer special presentations to chemistry labs.

By collaborating with faculty on orientations, tutoring, workshops and presentations, Academic Support customizes its services for students’ needs and reaches more students more often. In turn, students learn more effectively and perform at a higher level in their courses. Perhaps most importantly, students, faculty and Academic Support build positive, mutually supportive relationships that benefit all involved, and the College as a whole.