ACCESS Lab (Student Support)

How can Hesston College help me succeed academically?

What is the ACCESS Lab?

The Academic Center for Career Exploration and Student Success (ACCESS Lab), located in Smith Center, serves as a flexible study place for students to connect with supportive faculty and gather with peers to work alone or in groups, meet with a tutor or instructor and seek academic direction. The ACCESS Lab also serves as the campus computer lab and is open until midnight. ACCESS staff members are also available to consult with individual students on time management and study strategies.

How do I request a peer tutor?

Tutors may be requested in the ACCESS Lab for any course. Pairs or small groups of students meet one to three times per week to review course material, complete assignments or prepare for class. This is a free service to all students. Students who are interested in being hired as peer tutors are encouraged apply in the ACCESS Lab.

What is a Group Study Session?

A group study session meets regularly for designated courses to review and practice course concepts. Led by a peer facilitator who has experience in the course, group study sessions improve student performance by offering regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions for the courses which often challenge students the most. They are designed for all students enrolled in the course.

What does an advisor do?

An advisor helps you find your way in the world of academics. You will be assigned to one faculty member to whom you can go for course selection, understanding degree requirements, grades and transfer information. Your academic advisor is interested in your academic success at Hesston College. You may go to your advisor’s office anytime you have a question or concern about your classes or plan of study. First year students connect with their academic advisor each week for the first eight weeks of the semester.

Will someone monitor my academic progress?

Your academic advisor is very interested in your success and is the one who will help you stay informed and on track in your coursework. The Student Success Team consists of faculty and staff from residential life and academics. This group monitors academic success and supports students in academic crisis by helping them create plans of improvement and accountability.

What if I have a documented disability?

Students with a learning disability need to share professional documentation (most recent IEP, Summary of Performance or school psychological evaluation) of the disability with the Disability Services Coordinator in order to receive the accommodations they need to be successful. Common accommodations include extended time or a quiet place to take tests, books in electronic format or note taking services. Even if you do not request accommodations, it is helpful if your documentation is on file if you decide to request accommodations in the future.

Should I be in college if I don’t have a major?

For a student who is still deciding, being in college can actually be helpful in the decision-making process. Enrolling in general education and exploratory Courses at Hesston College introduces you to a variety of majors that you may have not previously considered. General education courses are the foundation for many college level degrees. Career Development is a course which allows you to look at your strengths and interests, gather information on potential majors and make connections with other students who are facing the same types of decisions. Career advisors will continue the journey with you until you have decided what your next step will be, whether is it a specific major, a service experience or the workplace.

What is First-year Seminar?

First-year Seminar is a one credit course which is linked to a general education course taken in the first semester. This seminar offers information and skills needed to be a successful student in the context of a general education course. Several times during the semester, all first year students will meet as a group for common learning experiences such as forums or service activities.

What if I need help with my writing?

Writing Fellows are students who are trained to work with their peers in all stages of the writing process for assignments in any class. When you submit a rough draft for peer feedback and sign up for a conference time, fellows comment on your writing and suggest revisions for improvement. Writing Fellows also host in-class and out-of-class workshops on a variety of writing topics such as source integration, plagiarism and citation styles.