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Tutoring Services

Professional Skills-Based Tutoring

As members of CAP, students are entitled to a minimum of two hours of tutoring per week with a professional tutor. Moreover, CAP students are welcome to attend additional hours of tutoring depending on their needs during a given week. Tutoring sessions are approximately one hour in length and are scheduled in advance with students' input (i.e., tutor selection). Appointments are scheduled around students' school and work schedules.

All tutoring is performed by our staff of professional learning specialists. Students receive tutoring from the same learning specialist(s) each week so a productive learning relationship can be developed. All of CAP's learning specialists are professionals with Master's degrees in Education, Special Education, Psychology, or a content area; they all have experience working with students who have learning differences, and they are trained in how to help students learn how to learn (i.e., develop meta-cognitive skills and compensatory strategies).

Tutoring sessions are skill-based and designed to help students become stronger students and even gain independence of the program. Tutoring does focus on and use homework, papers, assignments and exams from the student's courses, however, the goal of each tutoring session is to teach learning strategies that can be applied to any course or project. Skills that are often focused on include: writing and editing skills, note-taking, test preparation and test taking skills, reading comprehension and mathematics skills as well as time management and organization.

Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Fridays (9:00 am - 4:00 pm).

Secondary Advisement and Priority Registration

Members of CAP are provided secondary advisement when choosing and registering for courses each semester. All students use their primary academic advisor to determine what courses are needed to complete core and major coursework before meeting with their secondary CAP advisor. Both the Director and Assistant Director serve as secondary advisors for CAP students.

During secondary advisement students can review their learning style, strengths and weaknesses to assist in making course selections. The secondary advisor works with students to generate a schedule that addresses time of day, number of courses each day and preferred lecture style. Ideally, students create a schedule that balances demanding courses in weak skill areas with courses that utilize a student's strengths.

Students that meet with both their primary and secondary advisor in a timely fashion may take advantage of priority registration that is afforded to members of CAP. Students in CAP may register at least one day in advance of other students in their grade level. This is done to assist students in obtaining a well-designed course load.

Accommodations and Services

The College Assistance Program manages the provision of documented accommodations for CAP students. What accommodations and services are provided is determined by program staff, and finalized during the summer transition program through consultation with individual students. Accommodation decisions are made using students' psycho-educational reports and acceptable documentation. Testing accommodations are provided by CAP staff and students are strongly encouraged to take their exams within the Program's office. If you have particular questions about what accommodations are acceptable at the post secondary level please feel free to call our office and speak with the director.

Coaching

CAP offers coaching and time management meetings for students that have AD/HD, executive functioning trouble, or have the tendency to get overwhelmed. CAP coaches teach students how to manage time, prioritize, scaffold, and create appropriate to-do-lists. Moreover, in the beginning of each semester students bring in all of their syllabi to establish a game-plan for the semester. Coaching is not a mandated service, but many students opt to schedule this.

Workshops

CAP offers a variety of workshops during the fall and spring semesters. CAP arranges for an appropriate facilitator to run the workshops, and they are offered at a time when classes do not operate (activity hour). Typical workshops include the selection of a major, time-management skills, transitioning into the real world, and a variety of other topics. Students are always encouraged to suggest ideas for a workshop.

Study Groups

CAP offers study groups for many of the core classes (e.g., philosophy, psychology, math, religion, history). CAP arranges for professional learning specialists to run the study groups, and the focus is to prep for exams. Particular emphasis is on test preparation and test taking strategies.

Counseling

Students are required to meet individually with the staff counselor a minimum of three times during their first semester in the CAP program and as needed after that. CAP counseling services offer a wide spectrum of services, tailored to the particular needs of each student. Of primary importance is assisting students to make a smooth transition from high school to college. CAP counseling services are confidential, and are student driven. The counselor provides personal counseling and also assists students with career decisions, facilitates applications for internships and job development. CAP counseling services begins during the summer session. Its goal is to assist students to achieve their academic potential, by providing workshops in time management, test preparation, decision making, self advocacy and self awareness and stress management. The CAP counselor also provides Coaching to students with Attention Deficit Disorder. Although students are required to meet with the counselor at least three times, the counselor is available to meet with them additionally.