The Academic Center for Excellence provides academic support through specialized programs and specific strategies to all undergraduate Concordia-Chicago students.
Academic Programs to help you achieve academic goals:
- Peer Tutoring
- Supplemental Instruction
- Alternative Admissions Academic Support - Steps to Success
Strategies to help you improve your learning skills:
- Study Skills
- Textbook Reading
- Time Management
As part of the Academic Center for Excellence, peer tutoring is available at no cost from a current University student with strong skills in a particular content area. Tutoring may take place individually or in groups.
Tutoring sessions are typically 30-60 minutes. Appointments are strongly advised, although walk-ins are welcomed if a tutor is available. Students can make up to three tutoring appointments per week per subject throughout the semester.
Academic Center for Excellence
Klinck Memorial Library, Lower Level, Room 025
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tutoring subjects include, but are not limited to:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- And more, just come in and ask!
Make an Appointment Today
In-person at the Academic Center for Excellence, located in the lower level of Klinck Memorial library.
By phone at 708-209-3462.
Online, by registering for an account at CUChicago.mywconline.com, and selecting “Peer Tutoring” to book an appointment with a tutor specializing in a particular academic course/discipline.
Concordia University Chicago's Math Center is located in The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). Administered by the Math Department, the Math Center is available to all Concordia Chicago students interested in improving their math skills.
You can make an appointment with the Math Center in one of three ways:
In-person to the Academic Center for Excellence, located in the lower level of Klinck Memorial library.
On the phone at 708-209-3462.
Online, by registering for an account at CUChicago.mywconline.com, and selecting “Math Center” to book an appointment with a math tutor.
Who we are:
We are your fellow students from all different majors at Concordia University Chicago. We are passionate about writing and helping others to learn. Students can use the experience and support of writing coaches to help them become better writers and readers.
The director of the writing center, Dr. Aimee Krall-Lanoue, was a writing tutor when she was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In that former capacity, she helped student tutors and basic writers work together to be successful in their composition class.
Where we are located:
The Writing Center at Concordia University Chicago is located in the lower level of the Klinck Memorial Library. To get to us, take the stairs immediately to the left of the library entrance, walk through the double doors and turn right. We are adjacent to the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).
When we are open:
Undergraduate writing support is available Jan.-May. We are closed for Spring Break March 8-12 and Easter Break April 1-5.
Graduate writing support is available Jan.-May and closed for Easter Break April 1-5. We will open again mid-May for the summer session through mid-Aug.
Go to our online schedule at CUChicago.mywconline.com to see availability and make an appointment now.
What we do and what we’re all about:
The Writing Center is a place where all students can come to talk with peers about any aspect of writing at any point in the process.
Students are welcome:
- online through the portal or at CUChicago.mywconline.com
- by email at Aimee.Kralllanoue@CUChicago.edu for help making an appointment.
Some things we can help with:
- brainstorm ideas about topics
- review rough drafts and offer feedback
- thesis development
- review proper MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations
- grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage
- plagiarism avoidance
- works cited and bibliography creation
- and more
We can also help with reading, so students can bring in any text that they need help understanding.
Some ways we can help:
- identifying sources of confusion or frustration in reading
- defining unfamiliar vocabulary
- strategies for outlining and taking notes on texts
- analyzation of what students have read
What you need to do:
- We can help you from the very beginning, so a rough draft is not required
- Bring in your assignment and its grading rubric for what you are working on
- Make and appointment. You can either sign up for a 30 minute or 50 minute appointment. Current students can make an appointment in the "Resources" tab in the CUConnect portal
- For face to face appointments, bring an your assignment, writing, prompt and rubric. Appointments are not necessary.
- For online appointments, first make an appointment when you are available. Then share your paper through Google docs prior to the appointment to the Writing Center Gmail account.
- Go back into you Google Document at the time of your appointment. The writing coach will meet you there.
What you can expect:
- Treatment of respect, dignity, and interest by your tutor
- No judgment of your writing
- Honest and explained feedback
- Writing Coaches will not write on your papers but will give you a separate sheet with notes
Documentation and Citing Sources
- Bibliography maker: www.easybib.com/
- APA tutorial: www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx
- MLA formatting tutorial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqSwHPQgWz4
Grammar, Punctuation, Mechanics
- Q & A about grammar: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/
- Punctuation: www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp
- Mechanics or sentence-level organization: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/4/
Types of Writing in College
- Summaries: www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-summary
- Thesis statements: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/faculty-resources/classroom-handouts/thesis-analysis/
Any CUC student with a documented disability has the opportunity to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations to provide access to courses, programs, activities, and housing offered by the University. Students with a documented disability seek accommodations in order to make sure they have equal access to both educational opportunities and on-campus residential opportunities. The coordination of disability services is a component of the Academic Center for Excellence.
Academic Support Coordinator for the Academic Center for Excellence
Klinck Memorial Library, Lower Level, KL022
Concordia University Chicago recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and similar state laws (hereinafter “applicable law[s]"), which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. A qualified student may be approved for reasonable and appropriate accommodations or adjustments to the learning environment that will facilitate the student's access to their educational program.
Concordia University Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed or religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The University seeks to provide an environment where each person may develop academically, socially and spiritually. Concordia University Chicago is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualifying students with disabilities as required by the applicable laws.
Any student with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities or participation in programs of the university is eligible to request accommodations. This includes undergraduate, graduate, and Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) students.
Examples of learning accommodations:
- Extended time for testing and separate testing area
- Note-taking assistance
- Permission to audio-record class sessions
Examples of housing accommodations:
- Air conditioning in residence hall
- First-floor room in residence hall
- ADA-accessible room