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Faculty & Staff FAQ

  • What is REACH's mission?

    REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement) cultivates a learner-centered experience for undergraduate success by empowering students to take an active and collaborative role in their learning through personalized and structured tutoring, study groups, intervention courses, and workshops. These experiences, as well as our commitment to professional development, foster critical skills and mindsets that enable students to achieve their goals, experience academic success, and prepare them to thrive in diverse work environments. REACH serves as a national model for 21st century learning centers through the delivery of flexible and innovative academic support services and technologies that enhance student learning outcomes, retention and graduation rates, and institutional partnerships.

  • Who works in REACH?

    A dedicated group of full-time staff provides the foundation of academic support. This group includes multiple staff who run the Learning Resource Center, Math Resource Center, Peer Assisted Learing, Ekstrom Tutoring Center, and the Academic & Leadership Center in JB Speed. In addition to the full-time staff, direct academic support is provided by multiple graduate student assistants and by more than a hundred undergraduate peer tutors and academic coaches.

    Learn more about the REACH Staff
  • Who uses REACH?

    REACH serves all undergraduate students regardless of previous or current academic performaance. We off support for most 100 - 200 level courses and some 300 level courses.

    To see if REACH offers support for your class click the button below.

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  • How can I encourage my students to use REACH services?
    Include a paragraph describing REACH in your syllabus.

    Feel free to copy and paste this paragraph:

    Type your course to automatically add it to the paragraph
    REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement)

    Want to get the most out of [course] and others this semester? Visit REACH at reach.louisville.edu. Their free, academic support programs will help you optimize your academic performance. Take advantage of services such as Academic Coaching, Peer Tutoring, Peer Assisted Learning, Structured Learning Assistance, Workshops, and Tips and Tools.

  • Can REACH do a presentation for my class?

    Before you consider canceling a class, please contact us. REACH can help! Being pulled away for any reason – to attend a conference or host a symposium – is always a challenge. Consider these alternatives to allow your students to practice their skills while you step away for a day.

    • We find that sessions are most successful when students are made aware of a schedule change ahead of time.
    • The best situations have these workshops incorporated into the syllabus on the first day of class, especially for known absences.
    • We have a higher likelihood of fulfilling your request if we receive it at least two weeks in advance. We will, however, always try to accommodate your request.

    To learn more and request a workshops/class presentation click the button below.

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  • What is Academic Coaching?

    Academic Coaching is a service for students who want to improve their academic and self-management skills, such as time management, organization, test taking and other study skills. REACH offers this support to help students achieve their academic goals along with self-advocacy and independent, life-long learning. The plan and content of each individual coaching session is determined by the student and the coach to identify the student's unique learning strengths, develop individual plans for academic support, and promote self-confidence and independence. All undergraduate students at the University of Louisville are eligible to participate in this program. All sessions are conducted by appointment and are confidential.

    To learn more click the button below.

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  • How much help can undergraduate students get from REACH?

    All undergraduate students can receive one hour of scheduled tutoring each week for courses supported by REACH. They can utilize drop-in tutoring for supported courses on an unlimited basis.

    Students with documented accomodatiosn from the Disability Resource Center can receive 1.5 hours of scheduled tutoring per week per supported course.

  • Can graduate students make appointments?

    Unfortunately services at REACH are designed for students enrolled in undergraduate courses.

  • Can students make reccuring appointements?

    By default, all scheduled tutoring appointments are set up as reccuring tutoring appointmements.

  • What kinds of STEM support do you offer?

    REACH offers a support for a wide variety of STEM courses through Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), Structured Learning Assistance (SLA), the Learning Resource Center (LRC), Math Resource Center, Ekstrom Tutoring Center, and the Academic & Leadership Center in JB Speed.