Center for Student Success

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.

Hours of operation are:

Monday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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
  • 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 each 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 is an integral part of the Center for Student Success. Peer tutors/TAs are nominated by faculty members to work in specific subject areas and go through an extensive training program.

  • Peer Tutors are available 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 work on 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 U.S. government, math and English composition. Apply to become a TA.

Open Learning

Beacon values students’ passion and efforts to learn. Over the years, we have explored a variety of initiatives to support academic engagement. Open learning is the most recent of our influential, signature initiatives that foster active learning and learning relationships.

Every Monday through Thursday, and Saturdays, Beacon students can come to the Center for Student Success to work — either autonomously or with others (peers, peer-tutors, or learning specialists). The role of learning specialists, who supervise this forum, is to provide the necessary scaffolds for the students to participate in authentic learning experiences and practice formative communication with academic staff.

Open learning assures that, no matter how much time, effort, or resources are needed for each individual student to achieve their own objectives, every one of them feels empowered by and supported within the college community.