The Rattler Success Center, formerly the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), is a learner-oriented service that provides academic support and instructional resources to the students, staff and faculty of St. Mary’s University. Our services are free, and we are located in the Rattler Success Center on the third floor of the Blume Library. Current students and faculty can learn more about our services and programs via Gateway; however, overview information about some of our services is provided here.
Temporary Online Services
The Academic Success Department at the Rattler Success Center offers a convenient way for St. Mary’s University students to receive online tutoring and peer coaching via Zoom, an interactive videoconferencing interface that allows students to share their desktop and documents with our trained student staff.
Students seeking assistance with writing projects who have limited connectivity can email Word documents to one of our trained writing tutors for editing with the Track Changes feature enabled.
Tutoring is offered for a variety of subjects in weekly reserved sessions for all students who want to understand course material better and to improve their grades. One-on-one sessions are also available by appointment. Contact us at 210-436-3203 for more information. Current students and faculty can learn more about the tutoring schedule via Gateway.
Peer Tutoring offers you a chance to get together with classmates, discuss concepts, develop strategies, and test yourself before the professor does. Join a group early in the semester for best results. To make the most of your sessions, attend regularly and come prepared to ask questions.
Peer-Led Team Learning
Peer-Led Team Learning is a weekly workshop activity designed by the course instructor to reinforce important course concepts. PLTL Leaders work closely with faculty to provide interactive learning sessions and promote best practices in a specific subject.
If you need short-term help with a trouble spot, call or come by the Ratter Success Center to make a reservation for the Chem Center, the Math Center or the Engineering Center.
The Writing Center gives you the opportunity to work alongside peer tutors on any writing task, and in any subject that requires writing. We also help international students who want to improve their English skills.
Academic Peer Coaching
Academic peer coaching is offered for all students regardless of classification. Peer coaching is a designed alliance between an academic peer coach and the student for the purpose of fostering success skills in an educational environment. Academic peer coaching is student-driven and based upon the student’s personal definition of success. One-on-one sessions are available by appointment or drop-in to work with an academic peer coach.