Center for Student Success

Bring it all together.

The Center for Student Success is where students learn the necessary skills to ensure success in their academic careers at Beacon and beyond, as well as in their future livelihoods.  The Center offers a quiet, relaxed environment where students can meet with their Learning Specialists, work with Peer Tutors, participate in Study Groups or simply study on their own.

Learning Specialists

Every Beacon student is assigned to a Learning Specialist, who serves as the student’s academic advisor and provides 1:1 academic mentoring.  Learning Specialists help students reach their academic goals, assisting with all aspects of the learning process.  These include:

  • Integrating how to learn with what to learn
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Taking effective notes during class and while studying
  • Enhancing performance on tests
  • Finding balance in selecting course loads and meeting the requirements of their majors
  • Learning when and how to access other support services
  • Becoming effective self-advocates

Initially, students may meet with their assigned Learning Specialists one or more times per week and request a wide range of support and guidance.  As they progress through their degree programs, Learning Specialists help them achieve greater academic independence and gradually reduce the support “scaffolding.”

Peer Tutors and /TAs

At Beacon, we have found that students often receive exponential benefits from working with others who have experienced similar struggles.  That’s why our Peer Tutor/TA (Teaching Assistant) Program has been an integral part of the Center for Student Success since the 2012/2013 academic year.  Peer Tutors/TAs are nominated by faculty members to work in specific subject areas and go through an extensive training program.

  • Peer Tutors can be accessed through the Center for Student Success.  They provide individual and small group tutoring on a scheduled basis that varies by semester.  See the Peer Tutor FAQs for more information.
  • TAs are students who have been very successful in a class and have been nominated by a faculty member to assist with that class.  While TAs never grade papers or run classes without the professor, they can assist with a wide range of other assignments.  These include:  leading an activity or lab, helping students individually or in small groups, making copies or taking notes.  TAs may work in a variety of subject areas, particularly those recognized as difficult:  History of US Government, Math and English Composition.  Apply to become a TA.

Study Groups

Study groups help students perform better in their classes.  They are typically held on a weekly basis and are led by either a Learning Specialist or a TA from the respective course.  Group leaders determine the agenda for each group, taking a hands-on approach that may include mnemonic memory hooks, games and other kinesthetic activities to help students remember difficult concepts. In addition to having a proven record of academic success, Study Groups are fun and include lots of student interaction (and snacks).  Available groups vary by semester.  A calendar is available from the Center for Student Success.  Students will also be notified in class if a study group is offered for that particular course.