Students are supported by Academic Advisors in the Advising, Planning and Experiential Learning (APEX) Center with opportunities designed to enhance their educational experiences, improve their academic performance, and encourage informed and intentional decision-making.
APEX advisors and student peer mentors, together, help to provide students the support you need for success. During your time at Wooster, you will have several different advisors, from your first year until your final days in college. You will have several advisors while at Wooster.
Your first year, you will work with an advising team during ARCH and your First Year Seminar instructor will be your academic advisor until you declare a major. Once you declare your major, a faculty member in your major department will become your academic advisor. Your final academic advisor is typically your senior Independent Study (I.S.) project faculty mentor.
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center provides a variety of support that focus on each individual student’s unique needs and goals. The caring, professional staff members can help you equip yourself to confidently meet your academic challenges from First Year Seminar through Senior Independent Study. We will collaborate with you to develop personalized strategies to learn and to study effectively, both in and out of the classroom. We can also connect you to essential campus resources that can assist you in creating an exceptional college experience.
Academic Skill Development
Do you want to feel like you are thriving in your classes, instead of just getting by? Whether you are struggling with academics or you simply want to be a more effective and efficient student, you can enhance your learning strategies inside and outside the classroom. Our staff can help you strengthen your academic skills such as time management, note-taking methods, test-preparation strategies, or I.S. planning.
Disability Support Services
Are you seeking information and support for your disability? We work together to determine appropriate academic accommodations and services at the collegiate level to ensure that students with disabilities have access equal to that of other students across their educational experience. We provide individual accommodations and services that are designed to build an accessible and inclusive campus community. Learn more about our Disability Support Services and how you can request a disability support accommodation for academic, housing or dietary purposes.
English Language Learning (ELL)
Are you adapting to using English in the classroom? Are you adjusting to the American academic system? The English Language Learning staff can help international students with language learning and/or adjusting to the American academic system, including providing support in development of your English writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills.
Quantum mechanics? Moles? Markets? Mitochondria? Are you trying to make sense of a specific class and wishing you had some additional help? By using just one hour per week, you can be paired with a Peer Tutor and get individual assistance from a trained student who has excelled in that class! Peer Tutors can help you understand assignments, explain key concepts, and offer feedback in courses within seven departments, including chemistry, biology, psychology, neuroscience, economics, geology, and physics.
Whatever your concerns or time constraints, the Writing Center can meet your needs. Our staff and student writing consultants come from diverse courses of study and are prepared to help you succeed at any assignment, for any class, in any discipline, from your first F.Y.S. essay to those final I.S. edits. We are also available to help with non-academic projects, including creative writing and application essays.
Students use the Math Center in different ways. Some students arrive with questions formulated and leave upon receiving the needed assistance. Other students prepare their entire homework assignment in the Center since help is available immediately. Alternately, others work here until achieving a comfort level with the concepts and then finish elsewhere.
Nearly everyone in introductory level math courses needs some help. In college level math classes, you have only 14 weeks to learn material that takes about 27 weeks in high school. With this faster pace, instructors expect you to read and study the text, and to study and review class notes to learn the material, in addition to homework practice. Not as much class time is spent on examples; rather, instructors expect you to re- view text examples outside of class. The Math Center staff can assist your understanding of concepts, examples, and homework problems. If it has been a year or two since your last math class, use the Center to get help with math skills you don’t remember.
You do not need an appointment to visit the Math Center, just drop in when you are free.
The Zone, located in Severance 105, is a STEM learning community where any student taking an introductory science course can work in groups, work independently, and seek support from professors (who hold office hours there) and upper-level students (the Zone Interns).
STEM Success Initiative
The STEM Zone is open Sunday–Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.. You can also visit the virtual STEM Zone space on Microsoft Teams during those hours and receive assistance from a Zone intern.
The Zone and Zone Interns are resources offered by the STEM Success Initiative (SSI), whose mission is to empower Wooster STEM faculty, staff, and students in cultivating an inclusive STEM community to better support the academic success and STEM identity development for students from underrepresented groups. The SSI is a means to help faculty and staff do a better job of supporting the persistence and retention of all students.
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Who is in the Zone?
- Students taking introductory STEM courses
- STEM Zone Interns (ZIs) – upper-level STEM students who receive significant training and mentoring, and are available to help introductory STEM students with their questions
- Professors holding office hours
- Pre-Health Advising
- The STEM Zone Coordinator, Kara Melrose
What are students saying about the Zone?
“[The most valuable aspect is] the opportunity to struggle through and solve problems with peers.”
“It is a space dedicated specifically for STEM, so it is a very focused environment to study in. It also develops a STEM community at Wooster.”