Academic Support Center


Services

Subject Area Tutoring

We offer FREE tutoring for many classes including math, foreign languages, computer science, accounting, and more! Our peer tutors have demonstrated proficiency and have been recommended by faculty to assist students. Our professional tutors already hold a Bachelor's degree or higher. Most of our professional tutors are adjunct instructors at Park.

Our clients are among the top students on campus! During the 2013-2014 academic year, the students who used our services three or more times had an average GPA of 3.25.

To get the most benefit from tutoring, we recommend that students work with their tutor regularly. Based on statistics from the Spring 2014 terms, 80.4% of students who met three or more times with a tutor for a single subject received an A or B in the course!

Why struggle on your own, risking your GPA, when you could spend some time with a tutor in the relaxed atmosphere of the ASC and boost your GPA?

Subject Area Tutoring - in a variety of areas
To schedule an appointment with one of our tutors, go to Parkville Campus Appointments to create an account and then access the schedule.
  • Writing Competency Test (WCT) Preparation Help - preparation for you to take the WCT
  • Writing Help
  • Testing Center - arrange time to take the following:
    • ACT
    • CLEP
    • DSST
    • MoGEA or MEGA Paraprofessional

Placement Testing for New Students

Incoming students to Park University may be required to take placement exams. Required tests may include math skills, reading skills, writing skills, and/or English proficiency for non-native speakers. We use the COMPASS/ESL tests, produced by ACT. Students who need to take these tests may wish to prepare by looking at sample questions. For more info about COMPASS and sample questions, reference the ACT website. On the COMPASS page, the menu at the left includes "Sample Questions."

If you need to take placement tests on the Parkville campus, call the Testing Center, 816-584-6887, to make an appointment.

If you are outside the KC metro area, but planning to attend the Parkville campus, you may be able to make arrangements to take the placement test in your own area in order to receive results and complete your advising before you arrive in Parkville. Call the ASC at 816-584-6330 for more information on scheduling your placement test through the COMPASS/ESL Remote Testing Network. When you call, please tell us you live outside the KC area and would like to set up a Remote COMPASS placement test.

College Skills Seminars

Informal sessions on topics you can use. Learn study tips and time management skills useful to any student, whether just out of high school or returning to college after a few years. Seminars are scheduled through LE100 (Freshman Seminar) classes and by appointment.

Disabilities Accommodations for Students with Special Needs

We can assist our students who have special needs because of documented learning disability or physical challenges. Please let us know your needs! View disability accommodations.

Computers

We have computers available for Internet research and word processing. Our staff will help you learn how to use this equipment if you are not familiar with it. The computer lab is open during our regular office hours, except during final exam week.

StepUp

StepUP is a program operated through the Academic Support Center. The goal of StepUP is to provide the support and services for our students to persist, excel, and graduate. StepUP provides a social and support network for students who are willing to work consistently toward their academic goals.

StepUP students work with a professional mentor who assists them in setting goals, developing talents, and making connections with people and services to help them be successful in their quest for a college degree. They may also take part in several special events through the year, and be eligible for recognition, gifts, and incentives. StepUP services are provided at no charge, but space in the program is limited. To apply, pick up an application in MA310.