Academic Learning Center
Address: 1621 N 13th St, Reading, PA 19604
Hours of Operation:
ALC Office Suite (located in Teel 309A)
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ALC Tutoring Lab (located in Tunnel near Jake’s place)
Sunday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ALC office appointments: Available by request; contact our front desk staff
The Academic Learning Center provides Albright students with the opportunity to enhance their academic careers. The peer tutoring program and academic coaching offer students avenues to succeed at a higher level in their coursework while attending Albright. The ALC is committed to helping students through group work and one-on-one consultation. By collaborating closely with students’ faculty and academic advisers, and with other support units like the Writing Center and Student Success Specialists, the ALC helps provide a clear path to academic planning and success.
The Academic Learning Center’s mission is to provide a variety of academic support and opportunities to enhance academic achievement for all students. The Center works collaboratively with faculty, academic departments, and student services to provide a comprehensive set of support programs tailored to meet each individual student’s needs. The Center offers a College Reading and Learning Association-certified peer tutoring program, academic workshop series, academic probation recovery program, and individualized academic coaching sessions to help students develop into scholars and leaders while supporting retention goals.
- Oversee and maintain peer tutoring program, which provides both individual and group tutoring for 100 and 200 level General Education courses.
- Provide academic coaching, specifically to freshman, sophomore and at-risk students, and manage the Academic Probation Recovery Program.
- Support faculty and their courses
- Provide meaningful academic leadership and experiential learning opportunities for students through the CRLA-certified peer tutoring program.
Welcome to the Peer Tutoring program! Tutoring is a free service provided to all Albright students. Each semester we offer tutoring in many subject areas such as Spanish, math, science, sociology, psychology and accounting. Our ALC tutors are trained in effective learning and tutoring techniques and they are supervised by the ALC staff. Tutors can offer you assistance in test preparation, homework, assignments, study guides and study strategies.
The philosophy of our Peer Tutoring Program is that tutoring peer to peer is a wonderful way for students to develop course mastery and learn new skills, too. Our peer tutors are committed to working with you on a weekly basis and have experienced firsthand the impact tutoring makes on their tutees learning and performance
How Tutoring Works
Tutors and tutees (that’s the student being tutored) will do this:
- Establish an agreed upon, scheduled time to meet each week. Each will arrive on time, cancellations require at least 24 hours notice.
- Each will arrive prepared and ready with questions. Tutees will arrive having completed readings and assignments.
It’s important to know that tutors are not responsible for your grades; instead they are responsible for assisting you with study skills and course content. Tutoring is not a substitute for class attendance. Tutees are strongly encouraged to notify their professors if they are using the ALC tutoring service because it demonstrates effort and care for their class.
Once you fully complete the online form:
- We will make an assignment match within 5 business days. Your assignments will be communicated to you via e-mail by our tutor coordinator.
- Your assigned tutor will then contact you within 48 business hours to schedule your first meeting. You will then find a time to meet on a weekly basis.
- Should you miss sessions, your tutor will notify the ALC director.
- There is no guarantee of tutor availability in every subject, particularly when the request is received late in the semester.
NOTE: Tutoring must be done in a public location, preferably in the Academic Learning Center Tutoring Lab or the Academic Learning Center office suite.
Request a Tutor Online
Individual Tutor Request Form
Please note that tutoring services are available to undergraduate students only. Students in the ADP program need to contact the ADP Director for academic support.
Tutoring Lab Hours
- Sunday – Thursday 8:00am to 10:00pm
- Friday – Saturday 8:00am to 7:00pm
Tutor Manager Office Hours
10 – 11am
2:30 – 3:30pm
6 – 8pm
2:30 – 3:30pm
10 – 11am
4 – 5pm
11am – 12pm
8 – 10am
Apply to Become a Tutor
The ALC is currently seeking new tutors for Albright’s Level 1 internationally certified Peer Tutoring Program. Peer tutors are viewed as academic leaders who are offered a unique opportunity to make a difference on campus. All peer tutors must meet the following minimum requirements: completion of at least one semester at Albright, overall GPA of 3.00 or higher, a B+ or higher in the course(s) one will tutor, and good standing with the college.
- 97% believed their tutor listened to their concerns about the class
- 96% believed their tutors were patient with their learning process
- 95% responded that their tutoring experience helped them prepare for quizzes, tests, and papers
- 98% reported they would recommend tutoring services to their friends
“Using tutoring helped me understand the class a lot more. They also helped me with testing strategies because they had my professors at one point which made it a lot easier.”
“Tutoring helped me clear up a lot of things that I was unclear on in class. My tutor went further into explaining things that I thought were confusing and also helped me to remember some of the information that would be on tests.”
“I met my Spanish tutor two times a week and it really helped me set aside time to study and get my work done. It also helped me greatly with exams as my tutor knew exactly how to help me be prepared for an upcoming quiz or exam.”
“…made sure I understood the material before moving on.”
“…was very patient and helpful.”
… was friendly, reliable, and helpful.
“… used different ways to help me learn.”
“…always listened to problems and gave useful feedback.”
The ALC, your tutors, faculty, and staff have worked together to create handouts on study skills and specific learning strategies. Please feel welcome to download these tip sheets.
- Time Management Tips
- Time Management Log
- Test Taking Strategies
- Test Anxiety Tips
- Reading Strategies
- Foreign Language Study Skills
“With attending the workshops, I have learned multiple skills that have helped me better understand my studying habits and learning styles.”
“I feel as if the workshops give students an outlook on how they can improve their way of life by adapting their schooling to themselves as an individual.”
“I think the professors’ involvement is a vital piece in the workshops because it shows the students that these professors are here and want to be involved in helping with success and not just to fail you in their classes. It establishes a better level of comfort for the student seeing that person outside the classroom environment in a more relaxed perspective.”
“The time management workshop helped me address the problems I had with managing my free time and study time. The Burning Bad Habits and Getting Motivated workshop helped me to focus more on studying and homework. The two combined helped me to become overall more organized, which in turn helped me to study better and get my work done earlier.”
“I was able to learn new skills that helped me understand how to analyze books in another way rather than reading and taking notes.”
Program Support and Requirements
All students on academic probation for the first time, or those continuing on probation, are required to participate in an academic support program. Our probation program is designed to provide students with multiple valuable skills which are needed to be academically successful at Albright College. With additional support and structure from the ALC, our student success data shows that students who avail themselves of our program better position themselves to reach their academic goals.
Students on academic probation must complete the following requirements:
- Successfully complete at least three classes.
- Meet with an ALC staff member at least 6 times a semester
- Meet with their faculty adviser at least three times throughout the semester which includes registration counseling and informing coaches, as appropriate.
- Attend the mandatory probation kick off meeting and at least five academic skills workshops offered throughout the semester by the ALC.
- Participate in regular tutoring sessions for their coursework, as appropriate.
- Sign a probation agreement that outlines these requirements and paves a clear path for reaching the student’s goal of getting off academic probation.
- Reach the required cumulative GPA at the end of the semester.
Academic Probation Program Satisfaction from this Past Spring Semester
- 92% of students believed that, overall, the Academic Probation Program provided them with the resources they needed to succeed academically.
- 92% of students believed that their academic performance has improved as a result of this program.
- 92% of students believed that meeting regularly with an ALC staff member helped them remain accountable for their own academic success.
- 90% of students believed that meeting regularly with an ALC staff member helped them learn new strategies as a student.
Testimonials from Students who Got off of Academic Probation
“The probation requirements are perfect. It kept me on top of my school work, and is the sole reason why I am doing well in school right now. It forces you to become accountable for your own actions and your school work. It helps the student take more pride in his or her school work.”
“Truly, this is a great program to have because it shows that this school is willing to do everything possible to help the students at Albright College. The faculty are willing to dedicate their time to help a student in need…hopefully this program will continue to help students reach their full potential.”
“The ALC gave me that push I needed to get things going in the right direction like making study guides, reading the material, talking with teachers, helping find tutors, keeping tabs on my progress, and listening to me rant.”
“The only reason I am doing better now is because of everything the ALC has done for me. They really care and can relate to the young adults that need them. I know I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without the help of the ALC.”
Accommodated and Make Up Tests
Scheduling an exam in the ALC:
You will find two different forms that are used to arrange an exam in the ALC: Accommodated Testing Form and the Makeup Exam Form. Students who receive accommodations through the Student Accessibility and Advocacy Office will use the Accommodated Testing Form. This form allows students to request the accommodations for their exam. Students who do not use accommodations but rather need to take their exam in the ALC due to other reasons (they need to make up a test, they have a conflict, etc.) will use the Makeup Exam Form.
Students are responsible for arranging their exams in the ALC. They must speak to you in advance, complete the appropriate form with you, and then submit the form to the ALC. As stated on the form, the student must return this form to the ALC at least 5 business days before their scheduled exam (ex: for an exam on Monday, the student must turn the form in on the Monda a week prior to the exam). We need this time to reserve the room and make proper arrangements. If a student submits a form late, we try to be flexible if there are space and staff available, but this cannot be guaranteed.
The student must complete their section (the top section) of the form first before you fill out your section (the bottom section) of the form. This allows you to confirm the proposed date and time of the exam and other aspects of your expectations. Please fill out all parts of the instructor section of the exam form. This will allow us to properly administer the exam.
Since departments use different types of scantrons, please provide us with the appropriate scantron for your test. The ALC is able to supply blue books for the exam.
If you are emailing an exam, please send it to email@example.com. This is a secure email account only accessible by the Student Accessibility and Advocacy Director, ALC Director, ALC Administrative Assistant, Student Accessibility and Advocacy Staff Assistant.
If you have any questions about approved accommodations or accommodation arrangements, please contact Sherry Young (firstname.lastname@example.org; 610-929-6639).
We require a person (you or a designated person, such as a building secretary) to sign for receiving the completed exam. For security purposes, we no longer place exams in mailboxes or slide under office doors.
When students arrive to take their exam, we have them leave their bookbags, cellphones, wallets, sweatshirts/other bulky clothes and any other items at our front desk for monitoring. Students only enter the exam room with the exam, a pen/pencil and any approved exam materials noted by you on the exam form.
There are windows to see into the room, and the director and administrative assistant monitor them as they take the exam.
If a student needs to use a computer for any reason, we unplug the internet and have the computer screen face the window of the room. We monitor their computer usage during their exam.
We explain to students that when taking exams in the ALC, you are generally unavailable to answer questions. If they have questions and you are not available, we ask that they write their questions and what they know of the answer on the exam for you to review when grading.
If an exam has a recording component, we will follow your instructions on how it is administered. If a student can only listen to the recording once, we will start the recording, keep track of the length of the recording as we monitor the exam, and end the recording once time is up. We will then turn off the computer so that it is not listened to more than once.
If we catch someone cheating, we take the contraband material away and allow the student to finish the exam. We will indicate which portion of the exam was completed prior to the disallowed material being taken away. We will inform you of the situation and provide you with the material used for cheating so that you can decide what is the appropriate next step.
The ALC tutoring program partners with faculty to provide additional academic support for many 100-200 general education courses. Through faculty recommendations, consultations, and collaboration, the ALC is able to hire and train tutors to best support classes. Please reach out to us with any questions!
The Tutor Request form will open the first day of the second week of classes and will close the last day to withdraw from a course with W or WF..
As part of our CRLA certification, all tutors must be recommended to tutor individual classes by their respective faculty member. If you have a stand-out student who you believe would be a great tutor, please tell us so we can reach out to them about applying. Please also fill out a Faculty Recommendation Form to confirm that the student is qualified to tutor your course.
As our current tutors take new classes, we monitor their transcripts to determine if they may be able to tutor new courses. If a student earned at least a B+ in your class and you believe would be a good tutor, please fill out a Faculty Recommendation Form. Tutors must receive a faculty recommendation and earned at least a B+ in order to tutor the course.
The ALC is happy to run study groups for courses where faculty find group conversation and collaboration particularly helpful. The ALC will also arrange study groups for popularly requested classes to allow students additional assistance. Since the ALC’s tutoring model is based on a partnership (the tutor and tutee meet every week for the entire semester) study groups allow for “drop-in” tutoring which doesn’t require a semester-long commitment. Please contact us if you feel that a study group would be beneficial resource for your class. Study groups are run by tutors who have taken the course, earned at least a B+, and have received a recommendation from their professor.
The ALC organizes an academic workshop series each semester with workshops being held once a week. Workshop topics are academic and transition focused, and are mostly run by faculty. If you are interested in running a workshop or have a specific topic you would like presented, please let us know!
Each semester, a number of faculty will incorporate the academic workshops into their course. Sometimes they require students to attend and write a reflection paper, others give extra credit for attendance. We are happy to partner with you if you would like to include the workshop series in your class. We can also confirm which of your students has attended a workshop.
Please reach out to us about partnering with the ALC!
Students are encouraged to consult with the director or faculty members in the ALC for any reason, at any time. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.If you have a question, problem, comment, interest, concern or anything else that might require a little attention from someone who can help, please DO NOT hesitate to e-mail us at email@example.com, or to schedule an appointment by calling 610-921-7662. Or just drop by! Big or small we can try to solve any problem together.