Academic, Career, and Personal Development

Academic Support Services

Guided Study Structured Learning Program

Guided Study

Trained study skills facilitators and writing tutors are available to work with student-athletes Sunday through Thursday nights during the Guided Study Program. The Guided Study Program provides monitored, structured study sessions for students with guided study facilitators. The facilitators serve as “learning strategy tutors” and help students with: 1) study skills in specific content areas, and 2) writing skills across all content areas. These sessions take place in the Academic Resource Center (ARC), thus allowing students access to technology for their writing and research needs. Many students will integrate tutoring sessions with guided study sessions. These monitored study sessions are available for all student-athletes. High-risk student-athletes may be required to attend facilitated study sessions either in the evenings (Sunday-Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.) or during daytime hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Monitoring forms are available daily for use by the athletics academic counselors.

Study Teams/Group Tutorials

A major component of the Guided Study Program is Study Teams. The learning services coordinator coordinates and schedules Study Teams each semester. The learning services coordinator assigns a facilitator to a Study Team of three to five students. Study Teams typically meet late in the afternoon or during the evenings at the Academic Resource Center. Guided Study Facilitators are upper class or graduate-level students, or academic counselors who have been trained in study skill instruction and/or writing skills. The athletics department learning services coordinator and/or the University Writing Lab Coordinator hire and train the guided study and study team facilitators.

The trained Guided Study Facilitators provide a monitored, structured study session for small, targeted groups of student-athletes organized by academic subject area or specific course. Study Teams provide a weekly focused time of subject review, as well as provide an opportunity to develop and reinforce study skills with special emphasis placed on practical application of those skills specific to the subject matter of the individual Study Team. With the acquired learning strategies, students will be able to meet as a study group/team throughout the semester and study independently in preparation for exams, quizzes, and projects. While some student-athletes are required to attend, with their participation and attendance monitored daily, these structured Study Teams are also open and available to all student-athletes.

Ten-Hour Study Options Program

The Study Options Program is a required 10-hour per week study program. The intent is to provide a structured learning environment that allows student-athletes the opportunity to determine the most beneficial type of assistance. Almost any structured, monitored study session will help complete the 10-hour requirement. Examples include: tutoring, Professor/TA meetings, study sessions, guided study teams, work done in the ARC structured by the lab monitor, work done during guided study structured by a facilitator.

Structured study sessions may take place at the ARC either during daytime hours or in the evenings and are monitored by the learning services coordinator, academic intern, academic counselors, ARC assistants, tutor, or guided study facilitators. Facilitators serve as “learning strategy tutors” and assist students with study skills, writing and research skills, and learning strategies across all content areas.

Head coaches have the option of requiring additional scheduled study sessions each week, monitored by the academic staff. Coaching staffs may also monitor their own team’s study hours at other facilities in addition to the study sessions available at the ARC.

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