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LEARNING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS

The University of South Carolina Academic Enrichment Center strives to provide comprehensive services to improve the academic skills of student-athletes, especially those who struggle in the classroom. While some of the participants in the Learning Enhancement Programs are identified by department staff, student-athletes have the opportunity to self-identify to benefit from one or more of the offered services. The program is a proactive approach to assisting these students in adjusting to college life, maintaining acceptable levels of academic performance, and assisting in educational needs.

The program offers a wide range of learning services including academic mentoring, subject-specific tutoring, learning specialist services, educational testing, academic counseling, summer bridge course, and assistive technology for all student-athletes, with a focus on those with disabilities and those who are underprepared.

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Enrichment Services

Enrichment Services, which is comprised of the Tutor Program and the Academic Mentor Program, aims to assist student-athletes in developing the knowledge and skills needed for successful completion of their coursework. Placing student-athletes in a position to be successful academically is paramount. Tutors and mentors employed by the Academic Enrichment Center have strong academic backgrounds and place a high value on education. They provide student-athletes with course-specific assistance, helping them develop effective study skills. Enrichment Services maintains high standards of professionalism, confidentiality, and academic integrity.

Tutor Program

The Tutor Program provides subject-specific assistance to student-athletes as a supplement to the classroom learning experience. The primary responsibility of a tutor is to understand and clearly communicate course content and study skills to the tutees. One-on-one and group tutoring is available in a broad array of courses.

Tutoring is based on student need. Hours are flexible but not guaranteed.

The pay is $8 per hour for undergraduate students, and $10 per hour for individuals with a Bachelor's degree or higher.

Tutor Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 30 college credit hours completed
  • Minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA
  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA (B+) in specific courses tutored
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to relate to students of diverse academic backgrounds

Academic Mentor Program

The Academic Mentor Program offers academic support to student-athletes as they learn to function effectively in the college environment. The primary responsibility of a mentor is to provide one-on-one guidance on study and organizational skills, time management, and goal setting.

Mentors meet with assigned student-athletes for 4-8 hours per week, depending upon the individual student's need.

The program requires consistency on the part of the mentor.

The pay is $10 per hour.

Academic Mentor Qualifications:

  • Must meet all Tutor Qualifications (listed above)
  • Peer advising, counseling, or tutoring experience is desired
  • Enrolled in a Master's, professional, or teacher education program, or have related experience
  • Students at the undergraduate level in at least their third year with strong supporting experience and a minimum of one year experience as an AEC tutor
  • Willingness to work in a high-paced, constantly changing environment

To apply for either position, complete the Enrichment Services Application. Attach your transcript and resume. Submit to:

Enrichment Services Assistant
AECES@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-5133

Student-athletes - To request a tutor or mentor, please speak with your advisor.

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Learning Specialists

Learning Specialists work directly with student-athletes needing instruction outside the classroom in order to achieve academic success. They have considerable experience in education, often having worked with many students with learning challenges, including learning disabilities. They are trained in academic intervention, and their goal is to help the student build his/her academic skills to become an independent learner. Learning Specialists meet with the student-athlete for 4-6 hours a week to complete work while developing skills in reading, writing, comprehension, expression, organization, and decision making. Any student-athlete concerned with his/her learning abilities may consult with a Learning Specialist.

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Educational Assessment

Upon arrival, freshman student-athletes are screened for reading and writing concerns so that skill strengths and weaknesses can be identified. Based on the screening data, student-athletes may be referred for further assessment, assigned to tutors/mentors, and assigned to learning specialists.

In addition to initial screening, student-athletes with concerns about attention, memory, time management, and general studying may self-refer for psychoeducational assessment. Results of this assessment will be used to design an intervention plan for the student-athlete.

If you are a student-athlete and were served by an IEP or 504 plan in high school, you need to bring your most recent psychological assessment results to a Learning Specialist to discuss the possibility of registering with the Office of Student Disability Services. If your assessment is older than 3 years, you may need to complete a reevaluation. If you take stimulant medication for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you will need to see the School Psychologist to discuss the NCAA policy for stimulant drug use for the treatment of ADHD. You will need to have assessment information on file to ensure you meet compliance with the NCAA drug testing policy.

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Counseling Services

Each student-athlete may engage in counseling for a variety of reasons including test anxiety, sport performance anxiety, general anxiety, depression, mood changes, adjustment issues, motivation issues, grief, organization, time management, study skills, and other concerns. If a student-athlete is feeling stressed, overwhelmed, apathetic, or experiencing changes in appetite, mood, concentration, or sport performance they may refer for counseling with the athletic department staff.

Staff MemberSpecializationLocationFor Appointment
Dr. Ronald KasperClinical/Counseling/Medical PsychologistDodie Anderson AEC, rm 219777-9034
Dr. Kendra Ogletree-CusaacClinical/Sport PsychologistDodie Anderson AEC, rm 319422-1282
ogletree@mailbox.sc.edu
Dr. Mike McCallSchool Psychologist - Assessments and Learning ConcernsDodie Anderson AEC, rm 320777-3581
mccallmw@sc.edu
Dr. Tim MaloneStaff Psychiatrist1333 Taylor St Suite 4-HSpeak with Athletic Training Staff

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PREP 100

Student-athletes taking courses during the summer prior to their freshman year are given the opportunity to take a skill building course to work on reading, writing, and study skills that will be helpful at the university. This course is paired with another course within the university so the student-athletes will be able to practice the skills with actual class material. Class size is small so that each student receives individual attention.

PREP 100 Syllabus - Summer 2011

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Learning Lab

The Learning Lab, located in room 218 of the Dodie Anderson AEC, can be utilized for various functions within the Learning Enhancement Program:

  • Individual or small group study
  • Tutoring and mentoring sessions
  • Centralized space for students to use assistive software
  • Access to study skills handouts for students, tutors, and mentors

The following assistive technology programs are available for use in the Learning Lab:

Kurzweil 3000 - software program that scans textbook, document, or internet pages and reads them aloud to the user. This program is beneficial for students who need to improve their reading skills.

Inspiration - software that creates graphic organizers for studying and writing. This program is beneficial for students who have a preference for visual learning.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking - software that transcribes spoken word. This program is beneficial for students who struggle with typing or transferring their thoughts into written word.

Maple 13 Academic - software for mathematics and engineering. This program will assist students in visualizing and conceptualizing difficult problems, equations, and models.

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