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:
Each semester, faculty-recommended students are 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 on the days and at 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, Greek, nursing, Spanish and more.
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 areas 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 (requires log in) to the Student Success Center, where it will be attended to in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner.
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 academic coach in developing a plan for success.
The Student Success Center conducts a series of academic enrichment workshops. During the third and eleventh weeks of the fall semester, varied topics of educational interests are offered, ranging from learning strategies to college etiquette to leading by example. 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 strongly encouraged to attend at least one both before and after the midterm break.
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.
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 scheduled 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more, email Academic_Support@pba.edu or call us at (561) 803-2063.