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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

Guidelines for Online Tutoring and Peer Coaching

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.

Appointments

  • Each online appointment is 30 minutes long.
  • Students may schedule one online appointment per day per course to ensure as many students as possible have access to this resource.
  • Appointment days/times and Zoom meeting IDs can be accessed on the Rattler Success Center Gateway page. To access, students will need to be signed in to their St. Mary’s University account.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer, laptop or smartphone with working microphone and camera
  • Zoom Meeting Client, downloaded or accessed online at stmarytx.zoom.usNote: Zoom can also be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play. 
  • Internet access

Expectations

All students seeking appointments for course assistance should be prepared in the following ways:

  • For writing appointments, students have the option of file or screen sharing through Zoom with an open discussion of writing suggestions with their tutor. Another option is to email your documents to rattlersuccesscenter@stmarytx.edu for editing in Word with emailed suggestions returned within 24 hours.
  • For course-related questions in STEM, Psychology or Accounting, students should have their questions ready before signing in for their appointment. Please be aware that tutors may need a few minutes to get the session ready so all preparation that students can do before will help speed the appointment along.

Traditional Services

Tutoring

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.

Problem-Solving Centers

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.

Writing 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.

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