Academic Resources

At times, students may find they need help with their study skills. Through individual consultation with the Coordinator of Academic Success, strategies are identified to develop and/or refine the specific skills necessary for a student to enhance his or her academic performance. Academic coaching assistance can be requested by completing the Academic Coaching Request Form and returning it to the Coordinator of Academic Success.

Topics Include:
  • Developing a Study Schedule
  • Time Management
  • Procrastination and Motivation
  • Note Taking
  • Textbook Reading
  • Preparing for Tests
  • Test Anxiety (contact Molly Atherton - molly.atherton@methodistcollege.edu)
  • Learning Styles

Not on campus? Students in online degree programs, as well as students seeking guidance in the comfort of their home, are encouraged to explore the resources available in Online Study Guides and Strategies! Students in online degree programs are welcomed to contact the Coordinator of Academic Success for assistance as well.

Need some quick ideas? Check out NMC's "150 Keys to Academic Success".

Free Online Tutoring

Nebraska Methodist College offers free online tutoring services from NetTutor through my.methodist.edu for currently enrolled students.

Available subjects are:

A&P I
A&P II
Chemistry
Math
Medical Terminology
Microbiology
Nutrition
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
Pharmacology
Statistics
Writing

Free Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring services are available to Nebraska Methodist College students. Tutors are recommended by faculty and will assist students with homework and test review at no charge. Tutoring assistance is available for most classes and occurs as often as is agreed upon by the student and tutor.

Students in need of a tutor can obtain assistance by logging in to the My Methodist student portal and clicking on the "Tutoring" tab. There, students can find information on how to access tutors for specific courses, as well as NetTutor.

Students interested in serving as a tutor are welcome to apply by completing the Tutor Application. Applicants must have obtained a B+ or A in the course(s) for which they are applying to tutor are encouraged to discuss their interest with the faculty member for the course they would like to tutor. With faculty endorsements, students in good academic standing and possessing strong organizational, study, and communication skills will be considered strong applicants.

If you have questions about tutoring, please contact the Coordinator of Academic Success.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) consists of peer facilitated academic support provided outside of class time each week. SI is provided as a complement to our historically difficult courses across our academic curriculum.

The SI leader attends the actual class and conducts SI sessions to supplement the learning that occurred during class time. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this group study time that is offered at no cost.

For additional information on SI, please contact Lisa Flairty at lisa.flairty@methodistcollege.edu. When SI is offered in a course, students receive specific information regarding schedules of availability during within the first week of the course.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Through a variety of resources, Nebraska Methodist College assists students as they develop effective strategies to become better writers. NMC's "Writing Across the Curriculum" website, accessible via the "WAC" tab in MyMethodist, includes links to videos, handouts, tips, and other guidelines to help students successfully complete writing assignments, public speeches, and portfolio reflections.

Free online help with writing is available for currently enrolled students from NetTutor. Students who wish to receive feedback on drafts should follow instructions for (1) "Creating Your Own NetTutor Account," and (2) "Uploading a Paper to NetTutor." These instructions can be found both on the Home page of NMC's WAC website, and also in MyMethodist on the "Tutoring" page of the "My Student Information" tab. Marlin Schaich, the Director of WAC, also offers writing assistance for individuals and groups (marlin.schaich@methodistcollege.edu).

Test Success

It takes time and planning to prepare for tests. Some things you can do when studying for tests are:

  • Develop a study schedule to prepare for tests.
  • Begin studying 5 days ahead of time to avoid cramming for tests.
  • Study in hour-long intervals and take a break to avoid "marathon" study sessions.
  • Break down the information you need to learn into sections.
  • Compare and contrast the information.
  • Quiz yourself by studying outloud to confirm what you know and identify where you still need to study.

When taking a test:

  • Read the directions carefully.
  • Look for key words in the test questions.
  • Stay focused on the information in the test question.
  • Take slow and deep breaths to stay relaxed when stressed.
  • Stay positive to avoid distracting negative thoughts.

Psychoeducational Evaluation

A psycho educational evaluation is a formal diagnostic assessment by a psychologist or under the supervision of a psychologist. The purpose of this assessment is identification of a learning disorder and/or ADHD. The evaluation typically includes clinical interviews, self-report measures, and standardized tests measuring cognitive and psychological functions. If a diagnosis should be made, the psychologist will determine if the nature of the learning disorder qualifies the student for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who believe they may have a learning disability and/or ADHD are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Academic Success to determine the need for a formalized assessment.

Disability Services and Accommodations

Nebraska Methodist College is committed to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations to qualifying students with disabilities. Students, faculty, staff, and administration all play a role in ensuring that reasonable and appropriate accommodations are provided in a timely and effective manner.

It is NMC's policy that no qualified student who demonstrates a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subject to discrimination in any program or activity offered by NMC. NMC endeavors to provide qualified students with disabilities equal access, not advantage, to the College's educational opportunities, facilities, programs and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual.

It is the student's responsibility to request accommodations. It is only through the student's voluntary disclosure of disability and request for accommodation that NMC can support student's disability needs. Students may initiate the process by completing the Request for Accommodations Form below and meeting with the Coordinator of Academic Success. Additional forms related to requesting documentation from a qualified professional are also available below. Students should be aware of the differences between services in high school and those available in college. Information outlining the differences between services in high school and college is available in the "Transitions" document below.

For more information about how to receive accommodations at NMC, please contact Kevin Powers, Ph.D., Coordinator for Academic Success via email @ kevin.powers@methodistcollege.edu or by phone at 402-354-7214.

Students seeking an accommodation(s) are also encouraged to review our Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy, which can be accessed in the Student Catalog or in the document below.
 

Transitions to College for Students with Disabilities pdf icon Transitions to College for Students with Disabilities

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy pdf icon Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy

Request for Accommodations Form pdf icon Request for Accommodations Form

Diagnosis Form and Documentation Guidelines for Qualified Professionals pdf icon Diagnosis Form and Documentation Guidelines for Qualified Professionals

Diagnosis Form and Documentation Guidelines for Qualified Professionals pdf icon Faculty Guides for Creating Accessible Documents