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Academic Center (Center for Academic Excellence)
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Support Programs

The CAE offers six primary services, some course specific and others more dedicated to the individual student. Check out the tabs below for a description of each; additional information is provided on our intranet page for Midshipmen and USNA Faculty/Staff.

Advanced Learning Skills

Speed Reading

                      Topics Include:
Time Management          Note Taking          
Task Prioritization           Test Preparation              
Memory Aids                     Speed Reading 


Through metacognition classes, one-on-one sessions, and workshops, the Learning Skills program develops academic and professional skills. Attending a session provides a student the tools to succeed in the Naval Academy's rigorous academic programs - through taking more concise notes in class, arriving on exam day better prepared, etc.

Additionally, the CAE offers ACE Reader, our premier speed-reading course. In-class instruction coupled with a license to the ACE Reader software simultaneously increases material comprehension and reading speed. With a time commitment of roughly two hours per week, students can double their words-per-minute reading speed in a semester.

Program Director: Lauren Segler 

[Tutoring] Review Sessions

Throughout the semester, the Academic Center offers periodic reviews focusing on specifically difficult topics within core courses (e.g. Stoichiometry in chemistry or electromagnetism in physics). These reviews are facilitated by CAE staff or our professional tutors and occur multiple times every week. Topics are covered concurrent with their respective course to assist in comprehension of key concepts.

We also provide additional sessions prior to major exams to support in test preparation. They offer a more comprehensive review of all major topics up to that date in the course, helping students to focus their exam studying on appropriate material. Exam reviews are available for all core courses.

Calculus Review

Midshipmen Group Study Program (MGSP)

The Midshipmen Group Study Program (MGSP) provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-led group study sessions. Students can work together to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and progress through homework.

Each session is facilitated by a MGSP leader, a student who has previously taken the course with success. These leaders are expected to work closely with a Faculty Sponsor in order to keep session content current and appropriate in academic scope.



Sessions offered in over 50 courses!
•Engineering       •Cyber       •Economics       •Navigation       •Leadership       •Political Science 
Statistics       •Physics        •History       •Chemistry        •Foreign Languages       •Calculus               •Computer Science

Program Director: Lauren Segler

Professional Tutoring

Available to all students in either walk-in evening sessions or one-on-one daytime appointments.


Daytime sessions are available in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering during the academic periods. Academic center staff who have taught the applicable course conduct these one-on-one appointments in the Levy Center.

All appointments are scheduled via Starfish★.

Daytime Appointment


Evening Session

Evening tutoring is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, and Arabic.

Sessions are walk-in and provide support with homework problems, labs, or confusing subject matter from lecture.


Supplemental Instruction

Calculus II                         Chemistry

Supplemental Instruction classes provide regular, structured learning support in core subjects. These non-credit classes meet one period per week and are part of a midshipman's academic schedule. Class sizes generally range from 8 to 12 students and are typically orchestrated in a hands-on learning style.

The sole purpose of the Supplemental Instruction classes is to improve learning within the technical discipline; as such, the course has no exams, quizzes, homework or grades. Classes provide a review of the major topics covered during the week in a practical, hands-on environment.

The Writing Center

We provide one-on-one writing consultations for all midshipmen writers, independent of skill level, for every kind of writing projects and at any stage of the process. Our goal is to provide a professional and supportive environment where Midshipmen can receive guidance from experienced writers. Available by appointment or walk-in service, both daytime (professional tutors) and evening (peer midshipmen), all sessions are held in Nimitz Library.

Specialists also conduct workshops and presentations on a variety of topics - public speaking, citing sources, grammatical techniques, etc. We also offer faculty consultations regarding pedagogical approaches and strategies for teaching the art of writing.

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Program Director: Dr. Joan Shifflett

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