Assistance For Students
The faculty and staff members of Rocky Mountain College offer a variety of services to assist students in handling the many challenges that college life presents. If you find yourself struggling with your classes, studies, physical health, stress, or need guidance in deciding what you will do after college, check out the many assistance options available to you at RMC.
To meet the needs of students who feel academically under-prepared, particularly in math and science, RMC offers Supplemental Instruction (SI). SI is an academic-assistance program that was originally developed at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1973, and research shows that participation in SI can help to improve student grades.
SI targets traditionally difficult courses - those that have high rates of D or F grades and withdrawals - and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions. SI provides extra study sessions guided by an SI leader. SI leaders have previously taken the course, yet sit in on all class sessions and participate in special training prior to the start of the semester. The director of services for academic success supervises the SI leaders, who conduct two or three study sessions per week. SI sessions are open to all students in the course and are attended on a voluntary basis.
Since it was first implemented, SI has been offered in 35 classes. In 29 out of the 35 classes (83%), students who attended SI sessions earned higher final mean course grades than students who elected not to attend.
Student note-takers can be hired to provide weekly class notes for eligible students. For example, if you've broken your arm and can't write, you can be assigned a note-taker. If you have a learning or physical disability, you may also be eligible for this service.
Services for Academic Success
Services for Academic Success (SAS) is a comprehensive support program that aims to help eligible students successfully complete college. If you are a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university), are from a low-income household, or have a disability, you may be eligible for services from this program.
If you have a learning or physical disability, provide your documentation and register with SAS as soon as possible to arrange test-taking accommodations and other academic adjustments.
Are you having trouble adjusting to college life? Are relationship issues causing stress? Do you have concerns about substance abuse? RMC's school counselor, Cynthia Hutchinson, is available for student counseling.
If you are an international student, be sure to visit with Amber West-Martin from International Programs for personal advice and guidance in navigating life at RMC.
Take a Study Skills Class
Is time management a challenge for you? Do your class notes look like hash notes? RMC's Bob Ketchum may be able to help you out - sign up for his study skills course and learn the studying/note-taking techniques of the pros.
Take Refresher Math
If it's been a long time since you've had math and you're dreading college-level algebra or calculus, it may help you to begin your college career with a review of the basics from mathematics professor Robyn Cummings.
Career Exploration and Counseling
Are you still undecided about what to major in, or are you contemplating what you're going to do for the rest of your life? A good first step is to visit Lisa Wallace in the Office of Career Services in the Student Union Building (SUB). Her office number is Bair Family Student Center 116, located next door to the dean of students' office. She can also be reached by phone at 406.657.1039.