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 sessions, 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 tutoring sessions are available for math and writing assignments, as well as more specific areas of study including business, nursing, science, and religion. 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). If you are unable to come to main campus during our open ACE hours, you can email the ACE to set up an appointment with a peer tutor outside ACE hours in the Ham Library. During the summer (May – August), tutoring sessions are by appointment only.
For additional information on the services available to you, please contact the ACE by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling at (248) 218-2173.
The ACE lab has a variety of textbooks that you can use while you work in the ACE. This link (ACE Textbook Resources) will take you to a directory of our resources. If you are unable to find the book you need at the ACE, check out the Ennis & Nancy Ham Library.
Follow the ACE on Facebook, Instagram, and the RC App
You can find the ACE on the Rochester College App under the “Get Involved” or “Campus Services” tiles! You can find out the latest ACE updates on our “Feed” under the “Get Involved” ACE tile!
ACE Hours & Academic Calendar
|FALL 2016 Hours (August 29 – December 16, 2016)|
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||6:00 PM – 9:00 PM|
|CLOSED Dates for Fall 2016|
|Labor Day Weekend||September 3 – 5|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 20 – 27|
|Christmas Break||December 19 – January 8|
|SPRING 2017 Hours (January 9 – April 28, 2017)|
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||6:00 PM – 9:00 PM|
|CLOSED Dates for Spring 2017|
|Martin Luther King Jr.||January 16|
|Spring Break||March 4 – 12|
|Easter Holiday||April 14 – 16|
|Academic Symposium||April 18|
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 assist with a variety of subjects, including math, writing, accounting, business, science, nursing, and religion.
Contact the ACE to see which tutors are available to assist you with your specific course.
Meet Our Peer Tutors
Hi! My name is Breanna and I am a junior at Rochester. I’m studying Elementary Education with a focus in math. This is my second semester tutoring in the ACE lab as a math tutor. I also play soccer for the Women’s team at RC and my other hobbies include running and reading.
Rebekah [Math, Science, Nursing]
Hey all. I’m Rebekah. I am a nursing student here at Rochester College. I am looking forward to being of service in the ACE Lab for a third year. I tutor in math, science, and nursing. On campus, I am involved in the Student Nursing Association and Omicron Omega Zeta. Other fun facts include that I am recently married, I am from the great state of Iowa (where modern trampolines were created and a lot of corn is grown), and I love to read, garden, and ride bicycles. I have no idea what my future looks like or where I will be, but I do know I will be serving the Lord wherever I am. Best of skill on your school year! Everyone in the ACE Lab and at Rochester College is rooting for you
Courtney [SI for Fundamentals of Composition, English]
Hello! My name is Courtney and this is my second year at RC and first year tutoring in the ACE Lab. I am a Musical Theatre major, literature nerd, ice cream enthusiast, and superhero fanatic. I also have a passion for writing, reading, and anything else English related. I cannot wait to help other students succeed here in the ACE Lab!
Olivia [English, History, Religion]
Olivia is a Senior Education Major in English and History. She enjoys cooking, being outdoors, chatting about life and singing. She has been involved in NSO/ FYE, SPDN, Chorus, Student Government, GEO and Honors.
Emily [SI for Elementary Statistics, Math]
Emily is a junior at Rochester College. Growing up, she always wanted to be a teacher and her hopes remain the same. Emily is studying to go into Elementary Education with a major in Mathematics. Previously tutoring on the side, this is her second year tutoring here at Rochester. She is also a part of the women’s soccer team, and other hobbies include reading books, traveling, and drinking coffee
Hi, my name is Ryan Jaros. This is going to be my first year working at the ACE and I am extremely excited to meet the many students that will come throughout the year, as well as my fellow tutors. I will be specializing in Math and look forward to becoming even more comfortable with the subject. My hobbies include physical fitness, playing any type of sport and spending time with friends/family. I also play for the Rochester Warriors Hockey team and devote a majority of my time to this, as well as my academics.
Taylor [English, Government]
Hello! My name is Taylor Leppek and I am a sophomore here at Rochester College. I am majoring in pre-law/business and I am on the women’s volleyball team. I am a commuter and off campus I coach volleyball at the high school and middle school levels, which I absolutely love! This is my first year working for the ACE and I will be a tutor for writing courses as well as the National Government course.
Abigail [Science, Writing, Religion]
Hello! My name is Abigail and I am a sophomore here at RC. I am majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy/Health Sciences and tutoring Writing, Science, and Bible. A few fun facts about myself are that I am completely obsessed with Disney and love to run! I am on the Cross Country team here at RC! I can’t wait to be of assistance to the students here at RC and meet new people! Good luck with all your studies this year!
Damian [Intro to Chemistry, Science]
Howdy! My name is Damian. This is my fourth and final year here at RC. I am 21 years old. This is my second year as an ACE tutor and SI! I am a Pre-Med major with my second area of concentration being in Psychology. I’m originally from Houston, Texas, and I moved to Michigan in 2012. I like sports, staying active, and meeting new people. I will be more than happy to help with anything Science related!
Christy [Accounting, Business, Economics, Religion]
Hi my name is Christy and I am a junior here at RC. I am dual majoring in Sports Management and Accounting. I’m on the Women’s Soccer team here at Rochester as well! Some of my hobbies include running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Michal (pronounced Michael) and yes, I am a girl! This will be my second semester as an English tutor here in the ACE. I am a junior here at RC and my major is Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in English and International Studies. I love stories (mostly science fiction and fantasy, but I also enjoy a good romance or a drama. Also, it doesn’t matter if the story is in print or on screen—I am there) and I absolutely love music. I play bass clarinet in RC’s concert band, I play piano as often as possible, and I have recently started learning to play guitar. I am an editor of RC’s literary magazine, Blackberry Winter, and I regularly attend RC’s writers group, Ex Libris. I am also one of the Peer Advisors for NSO 2016. Fun fact: I will be studying abroad in Vienna in the spring through RC’s GEO program, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Summer [Nursing, English, Anatomy, Chemistry]
Hi! My name is Summer, and this is my fourth year here at Rochester College. I am a nursing student with a minor in psychology. Off campus I work at a Frozen Yogurt shop, I also enjoy being outdoors, reading and playing music. This is my first year as an ACE tutor, and I am excited to have this opportunity to meet and support other RC students!
Kirsten [SI for Introduction to Christian Faith, Psychology, English]
Howdy! My name is Kirsten Thomason. I am a senior at Rochester this year majoring in Psychology and minoring in English. These are also the subjects I will be tutoring in (fancy that!). I will also be the SI for the Survey of Biblical Literature class. A little about me… My goals in life are to honor God, have fun, and go on as many adventures as possible. I love doing anything that involves being artistic or inspiring creativity. If you bring me a Coke Slurpee, you will have an instant friend. Those things are my addiction (first step is admitting it, right?). Hope all goes well for you this year! Looking forward to seeing you!
McKenzie [Nursing, Math, Science]
Hey everybody! My name is McKenzie and I am in the Nursing Program. I have been a tutor for 2 years and am very excited to get the opportunity to work with you all this year. I am great at pep-talks, (if I do say so myself!) and I tutor Math, Science, and Nursing. You are looking at the Vice-President of social club Omicron Omega Zeta and (insert shameless plug here), I would love for all you ladies to consider joining a social club. My biggest advice to becoming successful academically is to make connections with people in your community here at Rochester College. There are many different ways to make connections, by making tons of friends, getting involved by joining some club or another, and using the resources, like the ACE LAB. Take the opportunities that present themselves this semester. I look forward to seeing you!
Elizabeth [SI for Western Civilization, History, English, Math]
I’m Elizabeth and this is my third year at Rochester College. I am an interdisciplinary studies major with a concentration in English and History. I’ve been a member of the Rochester College Band for three years now. If you need any help with your homework, or even just a proofreader for that ten page paper you have, I’ll be more than happy to help!
Leah [English, Psychology, SI Leader for Survey of Biblical Literature]
Hello! My name is Leah, and I am a junior at RC, majoring in psychology. This is my first year as a tutor/SI in the ACE Lab, where I will be tutoring in psychology and writing. Some information about me, I am a follow of Christ, an assistant high school softball coach, volunteer at Crittenton Hospital, and animal lover to my 4 dogs and bunny rabbit. Also, I am a huge Detroit Tigers fan, so feel free to not only bring your psychology and writing questions to me, but also any Tiger baseball talk. I cannot wait to get to know my fellow students, and help you succeed academically!
Maria [Math, Science]
Hi! My name is Maria Zito and I am a senior here at Rochester. I’m working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences focusing in Pre-Physical Therapy. I LOVE food, reading, the outdoors, playing lots and lots of volleyball, and spending time with my boyfriend, friends, and family. This will be my first semester tutoring in the ACE lab. I am excited to see how it will go, and I hope to help as many students as I can!
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 email@example.com, 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.
Director of Retention & Student Success
firstname.lastname@example.org – (248) 218-2174
Caitlin Bechard, Director of Retention and Student Success & Accommodation Officer, earned her Master’s degree in Literature from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University with a double major in English and Film Studies. Though she studied film theory and not film production, it hasn’t stopped her from creating short films with the ACE staff to showcase the services and programs available to students. When she isn’t in the ACE or gallivanting around campus, you can usually find her running on the Clinton River Trail, adding new books to her home library, or watching the latest Wes Anderson film.
email@example.com – (248) 218-2173
Michele Stanton is an alumni of Rochester College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Counseling. Michele’s role as ACE Administrative Assistant includes overseeing daily operations in the tutoring center, facilitating a welcoming environment for student learning, and providing student support services. Outside of her role in ACE, Michele spends her time serving alongside her husband in his ministry as a youth pastor and volunteering with the local Detroit Bible Quizzing program for teens. She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading suspense novels, and listening to country music.
Online Academic Support & Resources
Online Academic Resources
In addition to the personal academic support available to you at the ACE, there are a variety of online resources and printable study pages that can also help you:
Moodle Support This printable brochure takes you through Moodle posts and quizzes. It also provides important contact information if you need additional help.
History Study Tips This informational page will help you as you study for your history course.
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.
Khan Academy shows extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments for math, science, finance & economy, humanities, and test preparation.
Free Math Help This site was launched in June 2002 and provides lessons, games, and homework help on a variety of subject matters including: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and more.
OpenStax OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University with a mission to improve student access to education. OpenStax provides access to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Check out their free textbooks and resources for math, science, social sciences, and the humanities.
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).
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.
Ennis & Nancy Ham Library The Rochester College Library home page provides a variety of information as you begin your research.
ACE Textbook Resources This link provides a complete list of the textbook resources available in the ACE. All textbooks must be used in the ACE.
Citation Style Guides
Resources created by ACE Peer 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, tutors provide assistance for Survey of Math, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra. The advantage of one-on-one sessions is that the tutor can work with you step by step through difficult problems. Math tutors will not assist with take-home quizzes or exams.
Professor Support (Math & Science)
Vivian Turner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Katharyn Cochrane, Associate Professor of Biology, are available up to 5 hours a week in the ACE and in scheduled math labs. Mrs. Turner’s & Dr. Cochrane’s weekly hours are posted in the ACE or you can call (248) 218-2173 to find their 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 tutoring session. Note cards, used to record pertinent material for portable study, can also be helpful.
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 communication of your ideas.
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.
ONLINE WRITING SUPPORT
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 revised 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. The author should address recurring issues throughout the entire paper.
- Each paper can only be submitted two times for tutors’ comments.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs at the ACE
Social & Educational Programs
Throughout the academic year, the ACE hosts small educational and social programs. Announcements about upcoming programs can be found on the ACE Facebook page and during Chapel announcements.
Student-Athlete Study Hours Program
Rochester College Study Hours Program
Effective Fall 2016
The Athletic Department and the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) are committed to the academic progress and success of student-athletes as they participate in intercollegiate competition and work toward earning their degrees at Rochester College. It is the belief of both the Athletic Department and the Academic Center for Excellence that each and every athlete has the capability to achieve academically and athletically, and it is the desire of Rochester College to provide support and resources for student-athlete success both on and off of the field.
Rochester College Study Hour Policies
In order to ensure that student-athletes have the opportunity for studying in their busy schedules, Rochester College student-athletes must participate in the RC Study Hour program. Mandatory Study Hour time is required based on the following qualifications:
*All freshmen must complete two mandatory hours of Study Hour time each week in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) during their first semester at Rochester College.
*All first-time transfer students with a GPA below 2.4 must complete two mandatory hours of Study Hour time each week in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) during their first semester at Rochester College.
*All student-athletes with a GPA below a 2.4 must complete mandatory hours (see scale below) of Study Hour time each week in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) until they raise their GPA above a 2.399.
If the cumulative GPA of a student-athlete drops below a 2.4, the student must adhere to the following scale for additional required Study Hours.
|Below 2.0||5 (required 1 hour with a tutor)|
|2.001 – 2.199||4 (required ½ hour with a tutor)|
|2.200 – 2.399||3 (tutoring available)|
Study Hours Process
Students must swipe in and out of the ACE (at the front desk/sign-in station) with their Rochester College Student ID in order to record their Study Hour time. Student-athletes are welcome to use this time for independent study in either the ACE or the CHILL (Community Hub for Integrated Living and Learning), and/or they may use this time to take advantage of the peer tutoring help available in the ACE. Student-athletes will be monitored by ACE Director, ACE Assistant, Coaching Staff, and Tutoring Staff. Weekly reports of student-athlete hours will be sent to the coaching staff as well as the Athletic Administration Team (Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director). A coach may elect to have student-athletes complete a hard-copy form in addition to the electronic record keeping method.
Academic Alert / Academic Warning / SAP
If any student, freshman or transfer, has been admitted on academic alert (conditionally admitted) or has been placed on academic warning or academic probation, he/she may be required to complete additional hours in the ACE dependent on academic progress at various checkpoints in the semester.
Upperclassmen do not have required Study Hours in the ACE. All student-athletes, regardless of whether or not they have required Study Hours, are welcome to the resources and support available in both the ACE and CHILL. Student-athletes have access to free peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI) support, computer and printer stations, calculator and headphone check-out, textbook resources, and online writing support.
A coach may require mandatory Study Hours for any student-athlete outside of the qualifications detailed above (within reason). Mandatory hours for upperclassman who remain above the GPA requirements is left to the discretion of the coach, Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director, ACE Director and/or Dean of Students and will be monitored by the ACE Staff accordingly.
Study Hour Expectations for Student-Athletes:
- Student-athletes must bring their Rochester College Student ID card in order to track their time.
- Student-athletes must come to the ACE with coursework to keep them busy during the allotted time. Students should bring appropriate books and materials.
- The required hours do not have to be completed all at once. For example, a student with 2 required hours may choose to spend one hour in the ACE on Monday and another hour in the ACE on Wednesday. Students can check in with ACE staff to ensure they have completed their required time each week.
- Study Hour time is not to be used for non-academic purposes. No cell phone use or social media.
- Student-athletes are to maintain the quiet atmosphere of the study area and respect the tutors and staff who monitor the areas. Talking should be kept to a minimum.
- Study hours are available Sunday – Friday in the ACE & CHILL. Open hours may vary depending on the semester. Students must always check-in with their Student ID card to track their time.
- Students will be allowed to use the Ham Library for research or other needs, but will need to check in and out with a librarian in order to track the hours. The Study Hours Library Work Form will need to be signed by a librarian upon checking in and out of the library. This form can be found at the ACE front desk/sign-in station.
- If a student cannot meet with a tutor during the open hours of the ACE Lab, the student may request tutoring outside of open hours by contacting the ACE Staff by email or phone at least 48 hours in advance.
Infractions for failure to meet the Study Hours requirements:
- 1st infraction: Coach will be notified and will determine the appropriate disciplinary action for the student-athlete.
- 2nd infraction: Student-athlete will meet with a representative of the Athletic Administrative Team with the potential of inability to participate in the next date of competition.
- 3rd Infraction: Student-athlete will meet with the Athletic Administration Team and Faculty Athletic Representation with the potential for suspension or dismissal from the team.
Academic Testing Center
Athletes who miss exams due to athletic competition may make up those exams in the Academic Testing Center (RAC 207 by the Ham Library). These arrangements must be worked out in advance with the Course Instructor, Coach, and Academic Testing Coordinator. The Academic Testing Center can be reached at (248) 218-2137 or by emailing email@example.com.
Tutoring Availability & Appointments
It is the expectation of Rochester College’s Athletic Department and the Academic Center for Excellence that Study Hour time will be used to study and complete required coursework. Peer tutor support is available in the ACE for students who would like additional support. Student-athletes are to be advised that peer tutoring is open to the entire Rochester College student body on a walk-in basis, so student-athletes may have to wait to work with a tutor. However, tutoring appointments can be made at least 24 hours in advance; tutoring appointments can be made by email, phone, or the electronic form found on the homepage of the ACE website. Students should provide two days/times of availability when requesting an appointment, and a confirmation email will be sent to confirm each appointment. Resources including calculators, headphones, textbooks, and writing utensils are available for students to check out with their student ID cards at the ACE.
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!