Chatham University

PACE Center Academic Support


Chatham University is an intellectual community committed to empowering each of its members. Because students are individuals with unique needs and preferences, we make available an array of resources and strategies designed to enrich your educational experiences at Chatham. The PACE Center's academic support includes peer tutoring and supplemental instruction, academic coaching, academic skills workshops, and a course designed to assist at-risk first year Chatham students with the transition from high school to college. Expand the topics below to learn more about our academic support services.

+Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction

All Chatham students are eligible to utilize the PACE Center's tutoring and supplemental instruction services at no cost.

Peer Tutoring

Whether you have a quick question about a homework assignment, or need weekly help with a class, the PACE Tutoring Center offers peer tutoring for many subjects and courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Peer tutors staff the Tutoring Center, tutoring students both by appointment, and through walk-in hours. Peer tutors are recommended by faculty and receive ongoing professional development through participation in a Peer Tutor Training course that is certified by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). In addition to in-house tutoring, online tutoring options are available for select subjects.

The PACE Center believes in fostering independent learning in students. For this reason, tutoring appointments consist of time for the student and tutor to work together, as well as time for the student to practice on his or her own.

Tutoring usually takes place one-on-one, and students set the agenda by bringing specific questions or concerns to each appointment. Depending on tutor availability and demand, students are typically limited to two hours of individual tutoring per week.

The PACE Tutoring Center schedule changes each semester, based on tutor availability and the Chatham course schedule. Chatham students can view the current schedule and make a tutoring appointment by logging into the PACE Online scheduling system.

If you would like a tutor for a subject not listed on our schedule, you can email us at to discuss your needs. Please note that tutors cannot be guaranteed for all subject and courses. You can view our tutoring policy here.

Sample Tutoring Appointment Structure

10:00 - 10:15 - You and your tutor will discuss your course progress and reasons for today's appointment. Based on your questions and course challenges, you and your tutor will create one or two learning objectives for the appointment.

10:15 - 10:45 - You and your tutor will work on the day's material

10:45 - 11:15 - You will work on your own, applying your tutor's suggestions to your coursework.

11:15 - 11:30 - Your tutor will check in to see how you've done. You and the tutor can review any remaining questions or problems with material. During this time, you will assess the session and whether learning objective(s) were met.

The Tutoring Center schedule changes each semester. Current Chatham students can view the current tutoring schedule and make an appointment by logging in to the PACE Online scheduling system.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a specialized form of tutoring that is targeted at traditionally challenging courses, such as biology and chemistry. SI Leaders are students who have done well in the course and are recommended by faculty. They receive ongoing professional development through participation in a Peer Tutor Training course that is certified by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA).

SI is available only for specific courses and must be requested by the instructor. SI Leaders hold regular sessions, usually 1-3 times per week. All students enrolled in the course are welcome to attend any SI session for that course. This means that SI often takes the form of group tutoring. SI Leaders typically prepare an agenda, clarifying the lecture, course readings, and homework for the week. They also field questions from participants. SI sessions tend to be fuller right before exams, as they serve as a great way to review for the test.

If SI is available for a course, students are required to attend SI sessions before taking advantage of individual tutoring. In most cases, students can get the help needed through the SI sessions. If you regularly attend SI but need additional help, contact PACE about adding tutoring.

The PACE Center SI schedule changes each semester, based on the semester's course offerings and instructor requests. Chatham students can view the current schedule and register to attend SI sessions by logging into the PACE Online scheduling system. You can view our SI policy here.

+Academic Skills & Coaching

If you find yourself struggling with your college courses or facing challenges adjusting to the college lifestyle, you can utilize our academic coaching and academic skills workshops to help stay on track!

Academic Coaching
Make an appointment with a PACE Center staff member to discuss your obstacles to college success. Common topics include:

  • Time Management
  • Procrastination
  • Attitude Management
  • Goal-Setting & Planning
  • Motivation to Succeed
  • Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and/or Depression

Academic Skills
College courses require a higher level of academic skills than your high school classes did. You can make an appointment with us to discuss ways to improve your academic skills. We also offer several self-paced online workshops that current Chatham students can utilize to help strengthen academic skills. Common topics include:

  • Time Management
  • Efficient & Effective Study Skills
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Effective Note-Taking
  • Overcoming Test Anxiety
  • Writing Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Effective Communication Strategies
  • Common Technology Tools

Chatham students can self-enroll in the online workshops anytime by logging into Moodle and searching for "PACE Academic Skills Workshops".

+Transitions Course

Transitions (IND101) is a course that introduces students to the essential skills necessary for successful learning in college. It is required for conditionally admitted first-years and transfer students, but any student can choose to enroll in this one-credit course. Participants in this class master and practice skills within the contexts of the academic courses in which they are currently enrolled. In addition to practical skills like study strategies, students learn fundamental concepts of success, including:

  • The transition teacher-centered to student-centered learning
  • Becoming an active learner
  • Accepting personal responsibility
  • Discovering self-motivation
  • Mastering self-management
  • Effective note-taking strategies
  • Reading text books efficiently and effectively
  • Learning theory: how our brains work
  • Study strategies
  • Test-taking best practices