Lacey Strickler, PhD
Director, Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center (ASC) is located on the lower level of the Pilgrim Library.
The primary objective of the Academic Support Center (ASC) is to provide undergraduate students at Defiance College with resources and opportunities to improve their ability to learn and to achieve academic success by assisting them with various types of support when needed. Specifically, ASC focuses on assisting students with STEM related courses. ASC provides the following services:
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic assistance program that uses peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. SI leaders, who are peer students that have previously completed the targeted course and demonstrated proficiency, facilitate sessions twice a week. The SI sessions allow the leader to review course material, provide group study strategies, and simulate collaborative study techniques specific to a course. Check in the ASC or online each semester for the courses with SI, the list of SI leaders, and the SI study group meeting days/times.
Individual and group tutoring is available through trained peer tutors for most courses at no cost to students. Students should schedule tutors as soon as possible early in the semester, though requests for tutoring are accepted throughout the semester. Math tutors are available for drop-in or scheduled appointments during specific hours each semester. In addition to face-to-face peer tutoring, ASC also provides online tutoring through the Smarthinking platform available to students through the college’s learning management system, Moodle.
STEM Computer Lab
The ASC STEM Computer Lab provides students in STEM majors with laptop workstations set-up with simulation and programming software that can used for success in their Math, Natural and Applied Science, and Computer Science courses and for furthering their knowledge of their field of study.
Study Skills Development Workshops
Effective study skills are successful strategies for approaching course work and overall learning. ASC recognizes that effective study skills are critical to success in college, especially STEM courses. Each semester a series of free study skill workshops are available for students. Individual study skill consultations are also available by appointment.