Professional Individual Tutoring for All Students
Professional individual tutoring in writing and mathematics (drop-in and appointment) is available for all students, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays through Fridays. Professional tutors are certified through the International Tutoring Program Certification of the College Reading and Learning Association and have earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Peer Individual Tutoring for All Students
Peer tutoring takes place in the evenings from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. Peer tutors, who are required to have above a 3.0 GPA, complete a training program that certifies them by the International Tutoring Program Certification of the College Reading and Learning Association and tutor those courses in which they have earned a grade of B or better.
Accuplacer Placement Testing
Placement testing is required for all incoming freshmen-level students, including transfer students entering with under 30 credits. Lincoln University utilizes College Board’s Accuplacer placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics.
The purpose of placement testing is to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate his/her current skills in reading, writing, and mathematics in order for placement into appropriate courses to ensure success in college. College Board provides a website that has information for students about test review and provides sample questions: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/.
Testing is done in the Learning Resource Center, 2nd Floor Wright Hall, and is proctored by academic support and testing specialists. Please note that you must bring a photo ID (driver’s license, Lincoln ID, high school ID, state or federal ID, passport) and all electronics (cell phones, calculators, etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. Testing is computerized and you will receive a printout of your scores immediately upon finishing.
The Early Monitoring Alert Program (EMAP) has been designed to promote academic success by assisting students with learning the necessary knowledge, skills and strategies that will enable them to have a successful college experience and to persist through graduation. The strategies utilized by EMAP include:
--Professional and peer tutor monitored study hall
-- Academic support and study skills workshops
Academic planning to understand probationary status
Attendance at university organized convocations
Academic coaching by EMAP coordinators
The students that actively participate in EMAP improve their overall cumulative GPA, and thus are able to comply with the university’s overall goals for satisfactory academic progress.
The LRC facilitates the tutoring laboratories required by the success courses in reading, writing, and mathematics. Tutoring sessions are conducted by professional, certified tutors and consist of a mini review lesson on the topic of the week and work in an online tutoring program.
Smarthinking Online Tutoring for All Students
Online tutoring, through Smarthinking, provides online tutoring 24/7 in many areas, including mathematics. Students have free access to Smarthinking tutors via a chat with a live tutor on a whiteboard.
Student Developmental Workshops for All Students
Professors and student groups may request a workshop on the following topics: Test Taking with Positive Outcomes, Note Taking Techniques, Unleashing Your Maximum Learning Power, Formulating Math Notes, Purposeful Textbook Reading, Maintaining Math Momentum, Tips for Critical Reading: Deciphering the Main Idea, and Taking Control by Examining Exam Questions. Four workshops in research writing are offered: Foundations, Visualize the Masterpiece, Passionate and Purposeful Research, Reference Check, and Effective Outlines Sound like a Plan. In addition, three workshops in technology skills are offered: PowerPoint: Don’t Insult Me; I Can Read!, e-Portfolios for the 21st Century, and Creating Vibrant PowerPoint Presentations.
Act 101 (At-risk, low income PA students)
The Act 101 program is for academically at-risk PA resident students whose families have an income level of 200% or below poverty level. Lincoln University is funded for 50 students through PHEAA for Act 101, and the amount of funding depends on the PA state budget. Program components include intrusive and intensive advising, academic mentoring and coaching, one to two educational trips, workshops and meetings, a book loan program, an honor society and induction ceremony, and an advisory board. Participating at-risk students in the Act 101 program attain academic levels comparable to non-participants and, at times, above non-participants.