Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence

Services at the Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence



  • Integrate review of course content with study skills and learning strategies.
  • Increase student skills in comprehension, analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate the positive effects of combining academics and socialization.
  • Increase retention and success of students in specific courses.

One-hour study group sessions are held once a week throughout the semester. Some facilitators also hold extra sessions before exams. The primary function of study groups is to connect course content with study strategies. In study groups students connect how-to-study with what-to-study.

Students are expected to:

  • attend most scheduled sessions
  • contribute ideas to support or dispute
  • prepare for each session
  • prepare possible test questions to stimulate discussion
  • share notes and chapter outlines with other members in the group

Group facilitators are expected to:

  • meet with the professor regularly throughout the semester to gain insight into possible strategies for the study group
  • meet with the group at all scheduled sessions
  • help the group stay on target as opposed to running the group
  • challenge concrete thinking to increase the group's ability to compare, contrast and analyze
  • conduct open-ended discussions and debates designed to promote understanding and insight

Students who participate actively in study groups learn better for two reasons:

  1. Students learn how to study. The facilitator will introduce study strategies or reinforce familiar ones.
  2. Students apply study strategies to the course content itself. The facilitator focuses on skills that are highly relevant to the course. Participants apply new skills during the session.

Although study groups have many strengths, three stand out:

  1. students are involved in their own learning as well as the learning of their peers.
  2. it is a great way to find and select a study partner and socialize with peers.
  3. study groups are available throughout the semester.

Facilitators are selected and trained by the program director, however, instructor input is welcome in the selection process. The peer facilitators guide study sessions but expect students to be actively involved in the learning process. The facilitator's chief purpose is to promote independent learning.

Job qualifications for these student leaders are the following:

  1. Must have taken the course and have received a "B" or better prior to leading the group OR must be registered in the class and have an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 or greater.
  2. Demonstrate competence in several subjects and practice overall good study habits.
  3. Must be sensitive to many learning styles.
  4. Must be very dependable and stable person who can work creatively and independently.
  5. Must be recommended by a key faculty member or the department chairman.
  6. Must possess good interpersonal communication skills and ease in relating to people from varying educational, cultural, and social backgrounds.

Research suggests higher academic success among those who study in small groups. Our statistics from previous semesters clearly support this research.

For every course study groups were offered in, the percentage of students passing with a "C" or better was substantially higher among those who actively participated in a group than among those who were not involved in a study group.


"Study groups forced me to study regularly and keep up to date."

"I have more confidence at test time because I have talked through ideas earlier."

"Study groups provided an opportunity to learn & gain insights by interacting with one another. Everyone helps each other, which makes studying easier."

"I met a lot of new friends, including adult ed. students."

Check your class syllabus for study group times.
Listen for class announcements regarding times and places and/or changes.
Call the Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence (Ext. 4225).

Contact the Academic Center if scheduled times do not fit your current schedule and we will do our best to accommodate you.

New groups may be formed as interest is demonstrated. Call the Center at 641-4225 if you are interested in participating in a study group.



Tutors are available for many departments. On a walk-in first come first served basis. Students are encouraged to participate in study groups when they are available. Although appointments are not necessary they are encouraged to ensure priority.

Tutors expect students to:

  • Attend class regularly.
  • Read and attempt assignments on own before tutoring session.
  • Come prepared with specific questions.
  • Bring textbook and notes.

The Math Department handles most of their own tutoring in D-330 for higher level classes. However, tutoring for lower level math classes are available at the KACE.


Come to our Academic Success Skills Workshops held at Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. as scheduled. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, please visit the workshop schedule.

Students who attend the entire series actually receive a mini-course in learning strategies.

If the workshop days and times do not fit well with your schedule, you may want to use our audiovisual materials. Handouts are also available.

* Plan your own workshop: If you would like to plan your own workshop, you can borrow our videos and sample handouts to plan a workshop for your residence hall or social club. Using the video along with a panel of experienced students is an exceptional way to answer questions and offer help in an informal setting. Or schedule a workshop with the Director of the KACE by calling (765) 641-4225.

Check out some of our resources:


___ Word Processing w. spell & grammar check
___ Microsoft Word
___ Internet/E-mail
___ GRE Power Prep--General & Math

___ How to Improve Your Listening
___ How to Take Notes Using Your Whole Brain
___ How to Study Your Textbook (3 tapes with booklet)
___ How to Ace Tests
___ How to Reduce Test Anxiety
___ Effective Reading/15 Memory Techniques
___ Mega Memory (16 lessons with booklet)
___ Critical Thinking
___ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
___ Turning Obstacles into Opportunities (4 tapes)

___ Becoming a Master Student
___ 1 First Step/Time ___ 4 Creating/Relationships
___ 2 Memory/Reading ___ 5 Health/Money
___ 3 Notes/Tests ___ 6 Resources/What Next

___ Academic Survival Tips for Student Athletes
___ 1 Time Management
___ 2 The Academic Game Plan
___ 3 Listening
___ 4 Note taking
___ 5 Passing Tests
___ 6 Life After Sports

___ Making A's in College (2 videos with handbook)
Part I--Procrastination, Organize, Time, Concentration, Memory, Notes
Part II--Reading, Study, Memory, Tests, Test Anxiety
___ This Way to an A: Effective Study Skills
___ Where There's a Will, There's an A
___ Test-taking without Fear
___ Improving Your Self-Esteem
___ Stress Management
___ Transitions to Postsecondary Learning

Academic Success Skills Series
___ Lecture Note taking
___ Unraveling the Textbook Maze
___ Increasing Reading Efficiency: Rate and Comprehension
___ Time Management
___ How Do I Know What to Study?
___ Guidelines for Taking a Multiple-Choice Exam
___How Do I Show What I Know?
___ Staying Focused: Improve Your Motivation and Concentration

Becoming a Master Student Power Processes
___ PP#2--Be Here Now
___ PP#3--Love Your Problems, Experience Your Barriers
___ PP#5--You Create It All
___ PP#11--Find a Bigger Problem

___ ACCT 2010--Principles of Accounting (software)
___ MATH 1000--Basic Algebra (Chapt. 1-9 videos)
___ POSC 2100--The Challenge of Democracy (software)

SKILLS INVENTORIES -- Each inventory listed below lists 20-27 items that are at the heart of developing the desired habit or skill. Students rate themselves on each item to determine steps they could take to benefit themselves in each of the following areas:

Scheduling and Managing Time
Listening and Taking Notes
Reading Textbooks & Study Improvement
Concentrating and Building a Strong Memory
Preparing For and Taking Exams
Organizing and Writing Papers & Reports

THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES SURVEY (MIS) -- Robert M. Sherfield, PhD 1999, 2002, and 2005. Based on frames of mind by Howard Gardner, this survey helps to identify where some areas of strength may be. Identifying strengths allows one to utilize them to improve study strategies. An additional component offers suggestions for enhancing weak areas.

THE LEARNING EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT DIRECTORY (LEAD)-- Robert M. Sherfield, PhD 1999, 2002, and 2005. Based on research by Rita Dunn, every individual is a combination of three Learning Styles, according to the Learning Style Theory. These styles are Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. Determining which of these styles is the strongest, etc., can help determine an individuals best method for learning.

THE PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT PROFILE (PAP)-- Robert M. Sherfield, PhD 1999, 2002, and 2005. Based on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Although not one personality type is either better or worse than another, personality does affect how information is processed and absorbed. Therefore, determining personality type is a key factor in developing good learning strategies.

A combination of all three assessments (MIS, LEAD, and PAP) is utilized to help students determine their own personal methods of learning which in turn helps them to develop appropriate strategies for learning.

NELSON-DENNY READING TEST -- Provides a ranking of student ability in three areas of academic achievement: reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and reading rate.

It is composed of two subtests: Vocabulary and Comprehension. The total administration time for the entire test, including answer sheet preparation, is no longer than 45 minutes.

The Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence offers individual counseling to help students improve their academic performance. Topics often addressed during these appointments are time management, reading comprehension, procrastination, motivation, and learning strategies enhancement.
Students may drop in or make an appointment.

KACE has a small lab reserved for the exclusive use of Anderson University students, faculty and staff.

  • 5 pentium computers
  • Novell network with access to personal network drive plus student-shared drive and access to email and Internet

Refer to the for more information on printing and campus computer labs.