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MAKING EACH CADETS JOURNEY A SUCCESS

ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

The Academic Success Center offers programs and services designed to enhance the academic success of every cadet. Cadets can get help with time management, reading strategies, general study skills, writing papers and preparing for graduate school. Formal courses, group seminars and individualized help are offered to assist cadets to reach their academic and life goals.

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READING ENHANCEMENT COURSE

This half-semester course is offered four times a year. It teaches cadets—who are often expected to read 100+ pages of academic text each night—techniques to read more efficiently and with higher levels of comprehension.

Techniques and concepts include:

  • Traits of good readers
  • Using a pacer
  • Clustering words
  • Previewing
  • Skimming and scanning
  • Improving recall
  • Concept mapping

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STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAM

This course helps cadets sharpen their study skills. It is open to all students, regardless of academic standing, but is especially helpful for cadets who are at risk of falling below the Academy’s academic standards. Individualized help is also available on a walk-in basis.

Course topics include:

  • Time management
  • Learning styles
  • Goal setting
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Preparing for tests
  • Test-taking techniques
  • Memory tips
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Giving speeches
THE GRADUATE STUDIES OFFICE

The Graduate Studies Office oversees four programs that allow graduates to obtain advanced degrees immediately after commissioning:

  • National Competitive Scholarship Program (NCSP)
    Identifies, mentors, and assists cadets in competing for national and international scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright and Hertz Scholarships.
  • Endowed Scholarship Program (ESP)
    These scholarships are only open to Academy cadets and are funded from “Friends of the Academy.”

    • General John K. Gerhart Fellowship
    • Alberta Bart Holaday Scholarship
    • General Richard L. Lawson Scholarship
    • Earl and Marion Nutter Trust Scholarship
    • Franklin C. Wolfe Scholarship
  • Graduate School Program (GSP)
    In this faculty development program, each department identifies potential faculty members by nominating graduating cadets for admission into the GSP. This program allows cadets who graduate in the top 25% of their class, based on OPA, to pursue a twelve-month master’s degree program.
  • Medical School Program (MSP)
    This program allows a select group of cadets to attend Medical School. Selected officers will fill vacancies in the Medical Science Corps.
QUANTITATIVE REASONING CENTER/EVENING TUTORING

The Quantitative Reasoning/Evening Tutoring Center (QRC) offers supplemental instruction in Chemistry, Engineering Mechanics, Mathematics and Physics. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. when school is in session, as well as the Sunday before finals each semester. Cadets can schedule appointments online (via the Registrar’s SharePoint site) or walk-in for help during designated time blocks. Tutorials are offered in one-on-one and small-group formats.

The center is staffed by faculty members who also teach core classes. Cadets are encouraged to first seek assistance from their classroom professor.

HOURS

Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

QRC Hours
Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

CONTACT US

Academic Success Center
2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 1A76
United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840

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