REACH's academic services and programs are divided primarily amongst three centers: the Learning Resource Center, Math Resource Center, and Computer Resource Center. Resource Graphic
Learning Resource Center
Location: Strickler Hall 107
Coordinator: Julia Webb Hohmann
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) coordinates tutoring for all undergraduate courses, except math and computer courses (see below). There are three major programs coordinated by the LRC: Small Group Tutoring, Learning Assistance, and Supplemental Instruction.
Small Group Tutoring
Small Group Tutoring provides students with a tutor-assisted, small group environment for understanding material outside of class. Learn more about the small group tutoring services that REACH offers.
The Learning Assistance (LA) program is tailored to meet the needs of an academic department in relation to courses offered for students completing their general education requirement. The specific guidelines for LA are determined with participating faculty and REACH. Students participating as LA tutors are employed and monitored by REACH. Unlike a Teaching Assistant (TA), the LA does not teach any class sessions and does not grade any student work or exams.
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is based on the SI Model developed in 1974 by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. All of our SI data is submitted to the Supplemental Instruction Office in Kansas City annually to be included in their national and international research projects. Presently, there are over 350 colleges and universities both nationally and internationally that utilize the SI program model.
Data from national research studies suggest that the following goals and objectives are achieved through SI:
- Significantly reduced attrition in “high risk” courses
- Improved academic performance of participating students
- Increased reenrollment/persistence by participating students
- Increased student's skills of comprehension, analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving
- Cost effective model of collaborative learning that can be replicated in a variety of learning environments
For more information on Supplemental Instruction, visit University of Missouri - Kansas City's website.
Math Resource Center
Location: Strickler Hall 226
Coordinator: Carrye Wilkins
The Math Resource Center (MRC) coordinates tutoring and academic assistance programs for undergraduate mathematics courses. More information on math tutoring is available here.
On-Site Virtual Math Resource Center
Location: Strickler Hall 331 East
Coordinator: Carrye Wilkins
Additionally, the MRC operates the Virtual Math Center (VMC), which provides academic assistance to students over the Internet outside of regular MRC operating hours.
Computer Resource Center
Location: Ekstrom Library & MITC (iTech Zone)
Coordinator: Dennis Keibler
The Computer Resource Center (CRC) is responsible for all computer-related tutoring and academic support. Tutors staffing the center are able to field questions related to general computer issues as well as course-specific topics.
Also, the Computer Basics Seminars take place in the CRC, and are organized and led by CRC staff.