Palm Beach Atlantic University

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April 19, 2014

Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida's Top Christian College helps you be more successful in the classroom. Pictured is a peer tutoring session in the Lassiter Student Center.Academic Support

Palm Beach Atlantic University recognizes that transfers and freshmen entering college can enhance their learning experiences through various forms of academic support. Therefore, in keeping with its principles of extending hands and enlightening minds, the Student Success Center provides a range of services that are geared to help clarify and reinforce what students learn in the classroom environment. So whether the student’s goal is to earn a competitive GPA or make it through a challenging course, the Student Success Center is available to assist. Academic support tools available are: 

 

Peer Tutoring
Each semester, a group of faculty-recommended students is hired as peer tutors to provide small group tutorial assistance to their colleagues. Through this ministry, difficult concepts are simplified in a manner and in an atmosphere conducive to learning. Peer tutoring covers many courses in each of the academic schools on campus. Tutoring is free to registered students, and no scheduled appointments are required. Students needing tutorial assistance are asked to visit the specific locations at the days and times advertised. Students are encouraged to bring along their course syllabi and to participate during the sessions. Click here to obtain a copy of the current peer tutoring schedule. Peer tutoring is available in the subject areas of math, science, business, Hebrew, nursing, and Spanish.


Early Alert
The early alert system helps students overcome barriers to success early in the semester by identifying those who are having emotional, academic, and/or social difficulties. Some of these identifiers may be manifested through absences, lateness, test scores, language skills, writing ability, and/or other facts of concern.

PBA fosters a collaborative environment by encouraging faculty, family, friends, staff, and other students to intervene at the first sign of difficulty. Please take a moment to submit an early alert form to the Student Success Center, where it will be attended to in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner.


Progress Reporting
During the fourth and twelfth weeks of the semester, students assigned to academic coaches are asked to meet with and obtain from their professors a progress report. The purpose of these reports is to provide each student with an evaluative assessment of their to-date performance. The reports also provide some perspective for the coach in developing a plan for success.


Academic Enrichment Workshops
In taking a holistic approach to provide additional resources, the Student Success center conducts a series of academic enrichment workshops. During the third and eleventh weeks, varied topics of educational interests are offered ranging from learning styles to goal setting to study habits. These faculty endorsed 50-minute sessions provide the conduit for exploring modes of learning while adopting critical thinking skills. Because a new topic is discussed at every sessions, students are encouraged/advised to attend at least one both before and after the midterm break.


Online Tutoring: SMARTHINKING
For the PBA registered student who may not readily have access to the on campus peer tutoring services, the university provides free, live, online, 24/7 SMARTHINKING tutorial support. Through this medium, tutors are available for math, science, Spanish, finance, accounting, and other subjects. If you are a registered PBA student, click here to begin your sign on procedure.

 

Academic Coaching

In taking a holistic approach to further improve students’ learning experiences, the Student Success Center provides weekly academic coaching for students in need. At these free, recurring, by appointment only sessions, students will learn to identify and reduce the distractions they face. Additionally, they will develop the habit of setting realistic attainable goals and to employ meaningful techniques to satisfy their curriculum requirements. Through this collaborative endeavor, coaches and coachees actively participate in developing a program for success, based on the student’s needs and schedules. To participate in this program, interested students are asked to email academic_support@pba.edu
 

Contact Us
To learn more, email Academic_Support@pba.edu or call us at (561) 803-2063.

901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
888-GO-TO-PBA 888-468-6722