Frederick Douglass Academic Success Center

SERVICES

  • Peer Tutoring
  • Brainfuse
  • Academic Skills Enhancement Coaching
  • Study Groups
  • Reserved Course Material
  • Testing
  • Academic Advising
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Computer Access (desktop/wireless) and Printing
  • Academic Grievance(s)
  • Referral to additional campus resources

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutors begin the third week of classes and end the last week of classes. This service is available during the fall and spring semesters only. Tutors attend weekly meetings with the Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist to identify and address faculty and student concerns. Course instructors may also be in attendance to offer best practices advice. Subjects tutored vary by semester based upon the subjects offered by paid tutors and student volunteers. Students are required to sign up one day in advance via Starfish. Sessions per subject are limited to one hour per week.

Academic Skills Enhancement Coaching

Academic coaching is available to help students overcome obstacles that may interrupt or impede their academic progress and achievement. An Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist trained in teaching effective college success skills is available to help students identify their unique learning strengths, develop individual plans for academic support, and promote self-confidence and agency.

One-on-one coaching and group meetings aimed at further developing skills include:

  • improving study habits
  • time management
  • prioritizing & motivation
  • test-preparation/ test anxiety
  • memory strategies
  • note-taking

In one-on-one sessions, the content and structure of each coaching session is determined collaboratively by the student and the specialist. All sessions are conducted by appointment or during open office hours and are confidential.

The Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist and peer tutors are available to visit classes, present at meetings to discuss best learning practices. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Study Groups

Study group leaders review course material with students and integrate study strategies—note taking, problem solving, and test preparation—that link course content with cognitive skill development. Study group leaders are trained and supervised Morehouse students recommended by professors in the department. They are not course instructors and are present only to facilitate a study session.

Testing

The FDASC can also serve as an alternative test location as well as provide a separate room for testing. Students will have a room alone (with a proctor) or a proctor in visual contact at all times. Instructors must request this service via the Director.

Reserved Course Material

Instructors and students who have completed courses may contribute textbooks, graphing calculators, and other study aids for use in the Center. Inquire with the Director.

Seminars and Workshops

The FDASC holds free seminars and workshops on a variety of topics that provide techniques and strategies to help students succeed at Morehouse and beyond. Programs may be offered by Center staff, registered student organizations, faculty around campus, etc.

Computer and Printing Services

The computer lab gives patrons access to:

  • 32 computer terminals (28 PC and 4 iMac)  
  • MyPortal & Internet
  • Virtually all databases and online resources licensed by Woodruff Library
  • Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Printers