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Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides student-centered services, resources, and programs to develop independent and successful learners.

The ACE offers free tutoring consultations, study resources, computer & printer stations, and academic support for all Rochester College students.

The ACE is located in the Utley Center, downstairs from the Chapel/auditorium and right next to the cafeteria. Connected to the ACE is the Community Hub for Integrated Living and Learning (CHILL), which provides a quiet and comfortable area for individual and group study.

Peer consultations are available for math and writing assignments, as well as more specific areas of study, including courses such as business, science, and Bible studies. Peer tutors are traditional undergraduate students who are trained to help you with your assignments, while also providing study skills, tips, and support. Peer tutors are available six days a week (Sunday – Friday) on a walk-in basis during the traditional academic year (September through April). During the summer (May – August), sessions are done by appointment only.

For additional information on the services available to you, please contact the ACE by emailing us at acelab@rc.edu, or calling at (248) 218-2173.

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ACE Hours & Academic Calendar

FALL 2015 Hours (August 29 – December 18, 2015)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
CLOSED Dates for Fall 2015
Labor Day September 5 – 7
Thanksgiving Day November 25 – 29
Christmas Break December 19 – January 10
SPRING 2016 Hours (January 11 – May 1, 2016)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday TBD
Wednesday & Friday TBD
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday TBD
CLOSED Dates for Spring 2016
Martin Luther King Jr. January 18
Spring Break March 5 – 13
Easter Holiday March 25 – 27
Academic Symposium April 19



Peer tutors at the ACE

Peer tutors are traditional Rochester College students who have excelled in their own studies, and are available to work with you one-on-one to improve your own understanding of course materials. Tutors are available to work with you on a variety of assignments, including math, writing, accounting, business, science, and Bible studies. Contact the ACE to see which consultants are available to assist you with your specific course.


Do YOU want to work at the Academic Center for Excellence?

If you are interested in becoming a peer tutor, please contact Caitlin Bechard, ACE Director, at cbechard@rc.edu, or (248) 218-2174. In order to become a tutor, you must be a sophomore, maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and have an A in the course you wish to tutor in.



ACE Director

Caitlin Bechard

Caitlin Bechard
cbechard@rc.edu – (248) 218-2174

Caitlin Bechard, ACE Director, graduated with her Master’s degree in Literature from Eastern Michigan University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University with a double major in English and Film Studies. Ms. Bechard is available to assist with any student needs or support desired.


ACE Assistant

Michelle Stanton

Michele Stanton
mstanton@rc.edu – (248) 218-2173
Michele Stanton, ACE Assistant, is a 2013 graduate of Rochester College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and minor in Counseling. Mrs. Stanton assists students and directs them to available resources.


Academic Support at the ACE

Peer Tutor Consultations

Peer tutor consultations for math and writing assignments are available six days a week on a walk-in basis during the traditional academic semester. Tutors will work one-on-one with you to help you better understand assignments, work through problems, and craft your papers. In addition to this, tutors will provide study and problem-solving techniques so that you can better prepare for course exams and finals. Math tutors provide support with Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra. Writing tutors are available to assist you during any part of the writing process, from brain-storming, or organizing a final draft. Academic support is also available in science, business, Bible studies, and other disciplines. Please contact the ACE to find the availability of tutors for your specific coursework needs.

Peer tutoring sessions are 30 minutes long, allowing you to work through problem areas of your assignment, and set goals with the consultant for the completion of your assignment. The ACE is available for independent study and work as well, with a vast array of resources available for your academic success.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is also available through the ACE. SI leaders provide study sessions for traditionally difficult classes, offering engaging review opportunities for difficult concepts and ideas presented in classes. SI leaders are academic consultants who sit in on classes, take notes, and work with the professor to ensure that important material and study strategies are being covered during group SI sessions. Studies have shown that students who attend SI sessions earn higher grades than those who do not. SI session times and location are available at the ACE.

Independent Work & Study

Just looking for a distraction free place to study and work? The ACE is your place. You are welcome to work and study independently amidst a variety of accessible resources. Computer stations, printer, and copier are also available for your use.

Online Academic Resources

In addition to the personal academic support available to you at the ACE, there are a variety of online resources that can also help you:

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a wonderful resource for any writing questions you may have. From common errors to proper citation formatting, OWL Purdue provides a variety of examples, explanations, and tools for you to improve your writing and style.

Plagiarism.org  This site offers a clear explanation of plagiarism, and provides the tools to help you site your work appropriately. This is a great resource to use if you are still confused about what constitutes as plagiarism.

How to Study.com  This site provides clear information on study skills including: preparing to study, developing better reading and listening skills, guidelines for creating flash cards, and much more.

How to Study.org  Learn how to succeed in college with the latest study strategies and writing techniques. Get hints and tips for writing papers for your major and passing final exams.

Study Guides and Strategies   This website is authored, developed and maintained by Joe Landsberger as an educational public service. The student guides are collaboratively maintained across institutional and national boundaries, and were last revised March 2008. Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners.

Effective Study Skills  This web page on study skills is designed to help you improve your learning and comprehension. Effective study skills must be practiced in order for you to truly improve in your studies.

Learning Strategies  This website has information on time management, reading textbooks, note taking, and managing stress and anxiety (includes videos).

Note Taking Techniques:  Mindmapping  &  Cornell note taking method [PDF]

Academic Reading Guide  This site is a comprehensive resource to help students increase their reading efficiency and comprehension. This guide explains what to look for when you read for academic purposes, how to take notes as you read, and what an essay should look like.

Khan Academy shows extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments for math, science, finance & economy, humanities, and test preparation.

Citation Style Guides

American Psychological Association

Modern Language Association

Chicago Manual of Style Online, Sixteenth edition

Society of Biblical Literature



Math Tutors

Math tutors are traditional students who excel in math courses, and are available to work with you one-on-one or in a group setting. Currently, consultants provide assistance for Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra. The advantage of one-on-one sessions is that the consultant can work with you step by step through difficult problems. Math tutors will not assist with take-home quizzes or exams.

Professor Support

Vivian Turner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, is available up to 5 hours a week in the ACE and in scheduled math labs. Mrs. Turner’s weekly hours are posted in the ACE or you can call (248) 218-2173 to find her current availability. In addition, all Rochester College math instructors host office hours in order to meet with students and discuss coursework and other issues.

What You Need to Bring to a Math Session

Bring your book, your assignment, your calculator, and your own class notes to tutoring sessions. If you don’t have a calculator, you are able to sign one out at the ACE. You also should bring the assignment as you attempted it, for it is important to at least try the assignment before coming to a consultation session. Note cards, used to record pertinent material for portable study, can also be helpful.



Writing Tutors

Writing tutors are traditional students who excel in English and language courses, and are available to work with you one-on-one in a collaborative setting. Writing tutors are available to help you during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to formatting your final paper. While writing tutors are available to work with you on your writing assignment, tutors are not editors. Writing sessions instead are collaborations that allow you to better organize and communicate your ideas. Tutors can assist with grammar and syntax issues, as well as citations, during sessions, although the main focus of the session will be on the organization and fluidity of your ideas.

Professor Support

Professor Zac Watson is available up to 5 hours a week in the ACE to provide writing assistance. Mr. Watson’s weekly hours are posted in the ACE or you can call (248) 218-2173. In addition, all Rochester College English and Language instructors host office hours in order to meet with students and discuss coursework and other issues.

What You Need to Bring to a Writing Session

Bring your writing assignment, ideas, notes, drafts, other relevant materials, and a specific task on which to work. Be prepared to take an active role in your sessions. Let the tutor know specifically where you would like to work on. Plan ahead and come in days before the assignment is due in order to have time to make proper revisions.



Rochester College’s ACE is currently offering online writing support for students who are unable to schedule in-person writing consultations on campus. Writing tutors abide by Rochester College’s Comprehensive Code of Academic Integrity. The final draft of any paper should be the author’s original work..

Please complete the Online Writing Form found at the bottom of this page or on the Student Portal for each writing assignment. You may only submit one assignment at a time.

Please read the following information before submitting a paper online:

  • Papers must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance (Mon. – Thur.) or 72 hours in advance (Fri. – Sun.).
  • The consultation time will be limited to 30 minutes per paper.
  • It is expected that the paper will be edited by the author before submission to the ACE. Do understand that the ACE will not take a rough draft and refine it into a final draft.
  • The writing tutor will address higher order concerns (thesis, organization, development).
  • The writing tutor can assist with grammar and punctuation and will do so in the form of comments and/or questions. The student may have to research for understanding of those comments. For example, instead of putting a comma after an independent clause, the tutor will state, “This is a compound sentence.”
  • The author makes the final decision on his/her original work, and all of the tutor’s comments should be questioned and researched before submission to the instructor.
  • It is expected that the author will learn from this process, and his/her writing will improve with effort. Do address recurring issues throughout your entire paper.
  • Each paper can only be submitted two times for consultants’ comments.

For more information, please email acelab@rc.edu.



 ACE Evaluation Form

All students who receive support from the ACE are asked to complete an evaluation form after each tutoring session. This short survey will help us improve ACE services for the Rochester College student community.

After having an appointment with an ACE tutor, please complete the following form available at the link below. Please give us your honest feedback, as it will help us improve our services to you. Your comments will remain anonymous. Thank you!

ACE Evaluation Form