KACE Services

We offer a wide variety of services at the Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence.

Our services are based on a respect for the diversity of students’ experiences and on the belief that students can further their own learning while acting as a resource for each another. We strive to be a place where students can feel supported in achieving their academic goals and empowered to help one another.

STUDY GROUPS

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. Learn more on our study group page.

PEER TUTORING

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. Learn more on our peer tutoring page.

WORKSHOPS

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 our workshop page.

ACADEMIC COUNSELING

The KACE offers individual counseling to help students improve their academic performance.. Students may drop in or make an appointment. Topics often addressed during these appointments include:

  • time management
  • reading comprehension
  • procrastination
  • motivation
  • learning strategies enhancement
COMPUTER LAB

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 ITS helpdesk (ITS.anderson.edu) for more information on printing and campus computer labs.

AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS

COMPUTER LAB

  • Word Processing with spell & grammar check
  • Microsoft Word
  • Internet/Email
  • GRE Power Prep–General & Math

AUDIO TAPES

  • 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
  2. Memory/Reading
  3. Notes/Tests
  4. Creating/Relationships
  5. Health/Money
  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

VIDEOS

  • Making A’s in College (2 videos with handbook)
  • This Way to an A: Effective Study Skills
    • 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

TEXTBOOK STUDY GUIDES & RESOURCES

  • ACCT 2010–Principles of Accounting (software)
  • MATH 1000–Basic Algebra (Chapt. 1-9 videos)
  • POSC 2100–The Challenge of Democracy (software)
ASSESSMENT TESTS & INVENTORIES

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.