The Thomas College Student Success Center (SSC) is located on the first floor of the Alfond Academic Center (north wing). The Student Success Center is a comprehensive learning assistance center, serving to support the learning and success of each Thomas College student from entrance to graduation. The Student Success Center is a free service available to all Thomas students.
Sarah Mills, Peer Tutoring Coordinator
The peer tutoring program fosters the development of independent learners by providing the tools necessary to succeed academically. It assists students with mastery of a subject area and helps them to develop a deeper understanding of how they learn so that they can capitalize on their strengths.
Peer tutors are continuing Thomas College students who have successfully completed at least one year at Thomas College and who have earned the recommendations of the faculty members in the disciplines in which they tutor. They are carefully trained to work with both groups and individuals to foster a productive learning environment for each student they serve.
Tutors are available during their drop-in hours or by appointment. Visit the Peer Tutoring page for more information.
Training for the tutors is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, in recognition of its alignment with national standards.
Crystal Leavitt, Assistant Director of Student Success
Academic coaching is an individualized approach to student success that builds on a student’s academic strengths and fosters success through targeted one-on-one meetings with a professional staff member. Rather than covering pre-determined topics, academic coaching allows a student to focus on the areas on which he or she would like to improve. Professional members of the Student Success Center have been trained to recognize the areas that many first year students struggle with, but build each student’s program based on the student’s goals for the semester or year.
While Academic Coaching is encouraged for first-year students, it is also available to continuing students when requested.
Ashlee Fecteau, EDGE Coordinator
Matthew Nash, Peer-Led Team Leader Coordinator
Thomas College early start programs are designed specifically for first-year students and offer opportunities to jump start their transitions to Thomas College. This free program equips students with the tools they need to tackle academic coursework, manage the transition into their new roles as college students, navigate campus resources, prepare for internship and career opportunities, and much more.
Peer-Led Team Learning
PLTL integrates workshops led by a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) into course work. Workshops complement faculty instruction through facilitated problem-solving, academic skill development, and discussion of course content. Moreover, workshops also extend focused time on course content and academic skill development beyond the typical class time. PLTL is made possible through the College’s Title III grant.
Students participate in one-hour workshops each week as a course requirement. Meeting times are established at the beginning of each semester to accommodate 6 to 8 students per weekly workshop. For example, a class with 20 students would have 4 sessions per week and students would participate in 1 session each week.
Workshops are led by Peer Academic Leaders (PAL). PALs are Thomas students who are academically successful, have completed the course, and are recruited, trained and supervised by the PLTL Coordinator in cooperation with the course instructor.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Matthew Nash, Title III PLTL Coordinator, at (207) 859-1375 or Jes Crowell, Title III Director, at (207) 859-1214.
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|Crystal Leavitt||Assistant Director of Student Success|
|Ashlee Fecteau||EDGE Coordinator|
|Matthew Nash||Title III PLTL Coordinator|
|Sarah Mills||Peer Tutoring Coordinator|