REACH's academic services and programs are divided primarily amongst four centers: the Learning Resource Center, Math Resource Center, Speed School's Academic Leadership Center and Computer Resource Center.

Learning Resource Center

Location: Belknap Academic Building Rm 250
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.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. PAL 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 “PAL leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

The PAL Program is based on the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Model developed in 1974 by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. All of our PAL 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.

Learn more about the specific courses that are offered with PAL.

Math Resource Center

Location: Belknap Academic Building Rm 241
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.

Computer Resource Center

Location: Ekstrom Library, J.B. Speed School & 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.