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Academic Enrichment Center
For more than 30 years, the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) has been dedicated to improving the academic skills and learning of Curry students, from first-year to graduation.The AEC administrative offices and the Writing Center are located on the second floor of the Levin Library. All writing, math support and subject tutorials, offered through the Academic Enrichment Center, are a free service to undergraduate Curry students and are available on a sign-up or drop-in basis.
Professional "writing specialists" are available in the Writing Center each weekday and evening for writing assistance. The Writing Center is located on the second level of Levin Library. There is no charge for this service, and full-time, undergraduate students may sign up for a maximum of two 1/2 hour sessions each week. If no one has signed up for the following session, a student may stay for a second 1/2 hour session.
Graduate students may utilize the Writing Center for 5 hours per academic year(September 1-August 31st) at no charge. Beyond this support, graduate students can purchase additional blocks of tutorial assistance through the Office of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies.
Peer Tutoring Program
Students who perform well in a particular subject may choose to become a peer tutor in that area, if their professor recommends them. Peer tutors may work in the Center, or are available on an on-call basis, at no charge to students who utilize their services. Prospective peer tutors may also enroll in AE 2000, Peer Teaching in the Disciplines, which will provide them with a conceptual framework and practical experience to be effective tutors and mentors. Peer tutors are paid by the College.
Scheduled peer tutoring hours in the AEC are available for the following classes:
Accounting I and II, Introduction to Management, Financial Management, US History I and II, Introduction to Politics, Contemporary American History, Politics of Deception, International Relations, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Pathophysiology, Writing Workshop I and II, Nursing Chemistry Statistics, Human Development, European History I. Child Development, Education Psychology, Strategies for Effective Educators, the Sciences, Biological Ccncepts, Personal Health, Health Assessment, Med-surg, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Nursing Concepts, Maternity.
Sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside Levin 213.
For some academic courses, additional instruction is helpful for students. In these cases, AE professional or peer tutors conduct supplemental instruction(non-credit workshops) that are designed to help students to succeed in specific classes. In addition, more general workshops in time management and study skills are provided each semester.
The AEC is committed to supporting Curry's student athletes. First year student athletes, regardless of season or sport, are expected to attend 3 hours of Athletic Study Halls each week during their first semester. Those students who earn a GPA above a 2.5 after their first term are no longer required to attend the study hall. Any student athlete whose GPA falls below 2.5 is obligated to again attend the study halls. AE faculty and staff work in collaboration with coaches to provide workshops that are helpful to the athletes, such as time management workshops, and mid-term and final exam strategy sessions.
Study halls are also offered to all students and provide a quiet, distraction-free environment for study.They are held in the Hafer Academic Building two evenings a week for three hours apiece. First-year students who have been placed on probation are required to attend these weekly study halls and to participate in focused academic workshops. These study halls are monitored by an AEC professional who is available to help students with their academic assignments.
Academic Enrichment Courses
The AEC faculty is committed to challenging students through courses designed to strengthen their academic skills and enrich their lives. Academic courses offered by the Academic Enrichment Department include:
- Academic Writing Process
- Academic Reading: Read Around the World(a multicultural approach)
- Academic Skills
- Competencies for Prospective Educators
- Study Abroad Seminar
- Discovering Boston
- Peer Teaching in the Disciplines
For more information, please email AEC@curry.edu.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has named Dr. Anne Benoit, Senior Lecturer in the Curry College Academic Enrichment Center, its 2014 Robert J. Menges New Researcher Award Winner. The Menges Award recognizes outstanding scholarship by a new researcher in the areas of postsecondary teaching, evaluation, and development.