For many first generation students, the transition from high school to college can be drastic and overwhelming. The struggle to adjust sometimes creates such significant challenges that it distracts from a focus on educational priorities. To ease the transition, Simmons assigns an Academic Advisor to every new student. The principle goal of the academic advising process is to assist new and existing students in the following areas:
- Developing an academic plan based on the student’s degree program that identifies course requirements, including remedial education, where appropriate.
- Guiding the student through the class registration process.
- Recommending tutors and other Learning Resource Center programs to assist struggling students, as necessary.
- Coordinating discussions with instructors when intensive intervention is warranted for students contemplating dropping out.
The primary objection of the Learning Resources Center (LRC) is to assist Simmons students in maximizing their potential for success. This is accomplished utilizing a three-pronged approach.
The LRC provides topic-specific one-on-one academic support to Simmons students, with a particularly emphasis on English (literacy and writing) and mathematics. This focus is accomplished through academic specialists, student assistants, and community tutors working directly with the student to overcome specific knowledge gaps.
Academic workshops and seminars are also utilized to support student growth. The key difference being the use of group sessions were students learn together. Through these interactions, students build relationships with classmates that bonding them to each other and the college experience.
For college students, proficiency is largely demonstrated via written essays. The LRC provides a writing lab program that provides students with intensive support in presenting ideas and thoughts coherently in writing.