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

The ACE study lab is located in the Utley Center near the cafeteria and offers study resources, computers, and free tutoring to all RC students.  The CHILL is upstairs from ACE and offers a comfortable area for both individual and group study. All students are invited to take advantage of these on-campus study environments.

ACE peer tutors are traditional students trained to help with most Rochester College courses. ACE tutors are able to help you understand concepts and problem solving. Each student should leave the tutoring session with a better understanding of the course work. In addition, the writing tutors offer valuable help for improving papers.  Peer tutoring is an encouraging, engaging, and effective resource for all Rochester College students.

Tutoring is available on a walk-in basis during the traditional academic year, September through April, and by appointment from May through August.  If you have a paper for review, please bring it at least thirty minutes before the ACE lab closes.  For additional information or questions please call 248-218-2173 or e-mail acelab@rc.edu.

Location: Utley Center, downstairs from the CHILL (near Fletcher Cafeteria)

FALL 2014 Hours (August 25 – December 13, 2014)
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 2014
Labor Day August 31 – September 1
Thanksgiving Day November 23 – 30
Christmas Break December 14 – January 11
SPRING 2015 Hours (January 12 – May 1, 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 Spring 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. January 19
Spring Break March 7 – 15
Easter Holiday April 3 – 5
Academic Symposium April 21


Peer tutors provide academic support to Rochester College students in the ACE lab. The fall 2014 tutoring schedule will be offered soon. If you would like to know the schedule for specific course tutors, please contact the ACE lab at acelab@rc.edu or 248-218-2173.




ACE Director

Caitlin Bechard

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


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.


Math Support

Benefiting most from ACE Math Support

Peer Tutors are able to help with Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra. Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Vivian Turner provides assistance in the ACE Lab and also hosts traditional pre-exam Math study sessions.

Writing Support

Benefiting most from ACE Writing Support

Peer Tutors are able to assist with any writing assignment. Please bring your class syllabus and assignment information with you.

Find useful writing tips and helpful guides from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (OWL) and a list of Common Errors in English Usage from Washington State University’s Paul Brains.  Try this time line navigation tool from Tufts University to get started on your research paper.

Online Writing Support

Rochester College’s ACE academic support center is currently offering online support for all RC students including off-campus program courses and students in the online RN/BSN program.

Supplemental Instruction – Biblical Studies

SI Leaders attend traditional classes, take notes and read the assigned material. SI is offered in the required freshman Bible courses. Students who attend SI sessions discover appropriate application of study strategies as they review content material. SI sessions are open to all students in the course on a voluntary basis. Studies show a higher classroom GPA in students who attend SI Sessions!

Study Skills Sites

How to Study.com Clear information on study skills: preparing to study, developing better reading and listening skills, guidelines for creating flash cards, other suggestions.

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

Study Guides and Strategies The Study Guides and Strategies web site is authored, developed and maintained by Joe Landsberger as an educational public service. These student guides are collaboratively maintained across institutional and national boundaries, and 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. Effective study skills must be practiced in order for you to improve.

Learning Strategies Dartmouth’s Academic Center has information on time management, reading textbooks, note taking, managing stress and anxiety (includes videos).

Tony Buzan’s site – shows how to make a map and the benefits of mind mapping over traditional outlining:

Academic Reading Guide – 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 provides an annotated sample essay.

Style Guide Links

From the official APA Internet site, APAStyle.org APA Style Tips

The official Modern Language Association Internet site, MLA.org www.mla.org

The Chicago Manual of Style Online, Sixteenth edition.

The Society of Biblical Literature, (SBL) official Web site

Additional Resource Link

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

For additional information or questions call (248) 218-2173, or e-mail acelab@rc.edu.

Concerns about ACE tutors should be addressed to ACE Director, Paula Bonbrisco, pbonbris@rc.edu.


Benefiting most from ACE Math Support

Do I need appointment?

During the traditional students’ fall and spring semesters (September-May), students are welcome to walk into the ACE Lab.  To use the services the ACE Lab is located next to the cafeteria in the Utley Center/Westside Central.  You can call (248) 218-2173 or check the weekly schedule in the ACE Lab to confirm that a math tutor will be in the lab.

During the summer, ACE offers help on the main campus by appointment only. Please note, since the traditional students are not on campus summer tutoring is limited. If you anticipate needing a lot of math support please take that under consideration when scheduling your classes.

Check the ACE overview page for hours and closed dates.

Who are the ACE Math Academic Assistants?

RC’s math tutors are traditional students who excel in Math courses. The tutors undergo extensive training and are expected to perform all tasks with a supportive, attentive attitude. If he/she does not know the answers to your questions, he/she is expected to help you find them. Concerns about ACE tutors should be addressed to ACE Director, Paula Bonbrisco,  pbonbrisco@rc.edu.

Which mathematics classes do they support?

Currently, the tutors provide assistance for Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra, Pre-calculus and Calculus.

Are Math professors available for assistance?

Vivian Turner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, devotes up to 5 hours a week in the ACE Lab and in scheduled math labs. Mrs. Turner’s weekly hours are posted in the ACE Lab or call (248) 218-2173 . In addition, all RC math instructors are willing to meet with students during office hours, check your class syllabus for those hours.

What should I bring when I come for assistance?

Bring your book, your assignment, your calculator, and your own class notes. You also should bring the assignment as you attempted it, for it is important to at least try the assignment before coming to a tutoring session. Note cards, used to record pertinent material for portable study, are also helpful.

What kind of assistance can I expect?

The tutors are trained to be encouraging and to help you build on your strengths in order gain confidence in math. The goal of the tutor is to help you develop a richer understanding of math concepts and not to just complete the assignment. The advantage of one-on-one tutoring is that the tutor can work with you until you understand the concept and can work the problems correctly. They are trained to ask leading questions that will direct you toward the correct steps. They will not do your assignment problems, but they will do similar problems until you can complete the assignment independently. The tutor will ask you to explain your thinking and will model their own thinking as he or she verbalizes and illustrates approaches to problem solving. ACE tutors will not assist you with take-home quizzes or exams.

Tips for doing well in math:

  • Attend all of your classes and take notes.
  • Practice math every day.
  • Use positive self-talk when referring to your abilities in math.
  • If you are struggling, get assistance regularly; do not wait for the exam study sessions.
  • When something is unclear, ask the instructor or tutor. All questions are valid!
  • Review your mistakes on exams and graded assignments


Benefiting most from ACE Writing Support

Do I need appointment?

During the traditional fall and spring semesters (September-May), you are welcome to walk into the study lab next to the cafeteria. You can call (248) 218-2173 or check the weekly schedule in the ACE Lab to confirm that a writing tutor will be in the lab.

During summer courses, ACE offers help on the main campus, by appointment only.  Please note, since the traditional students are not on campus, tutoring is limited.

If you anticipate needing a lot of support please consider that when scheduling your classes.

Check the ACE overview page for hours and closed dates.

What should you expect from ACE writing tutors?

  • Individual assistance on the writing issues that concern you
  • Helpful, courteous, and competent traditional-student writing assistants
  • Support for writers at any stage in the writing process
  • Improvement in your overall writing skills after repeat visits

What should you not expect from the ACE writing assistants?

  • An editing service where we do the work while you sit and watch; we strive to help you to learn.
  • A perfect paper – 60 minutes is often not enough time to address everything. Repeat visits may be necessary to polish your writing. The real goal of the writing support is to help you become a better writer not to perfect a particular paper.
  • Flawless ACE assistants who know all of the answers; what we do not know we will research with you.
  • Answers to all of your writing questions in just one or two sessions – becoming a better writer is a process that happens gradually
  • A quick editing service just hours before a paper is due

What else should you know?

  • 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 ACE assistant know specifically where you need assistance.
  • Plan ahead and come in days before the assignment is due in order to have time to make proper revisions.

Repeat visitors to the ACE Lab agree that…*

  • Overall writing abilities improve over the course of the semester.
  • They gain a better understanding of the process for writing.
  • ACE writing assistants do provide the needed help.
  • ACE writing assistants are friendly, courteous, and encouraging.

*Based on 2010-2012 semester evaluations