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The Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence
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Support Programs

The CAE offers many academic support programs, as described below.

Advanced Learning Skills
The Advanced Learning Skills program is available to all midshipmen who desire to improve their academic performance by developing their academic skills, regardless of their academic standing. Midshipmen can use this program to refine skills such as time management, speed reading, memory, and note taking. This program offers several services including:
  • Meta-cognition and study skills classes
  • Tailored one-on-one skills consultations and advising (by appointment or walk-in)
  • Group workshops

 Custom skills workshops are available upon request by midshipmen Battalion or Company Academic Officers, and meeting times are flexible, to include evenings.  This investment in developing learning skills not only helps Midshipmen excel in the classroom, but it gives them essential tools and strategies to be more successful as a professional and naval officer.

Midshipmen Group Study Program (MGSP)
MGSP provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated group study sessions in an extremely wide array of courses.  Students can work together to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and develop better study strategies.  Each session is facilitated by an MGSP leader, a competent student who has previously excelled in the course, been recommended by the course instructor, and has been selected and trained by the CAE.  
In our naval profession, our graduates will find team learning and group study to be an essential skill for success; MGSP affords all students the opportunity to practice this skill while staying ahead in their challenging courses.
Evening Tutoring
The purpose of the Evening Tutoring program is to provide small group tutoring to students in specific course content areas.  Tutoring is designed to address course questions not addressed during MGSP or when the course instructor is unavailable. The goal of the tutoring encounter is to address the specific content and problem-solving needs of the midshipmen.
Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction classes are non-credit, voluntary courses that meet weekly to provide learning support for Midshipmen enrolled in courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering.  The classes focus on supplementing classroom instruction, and are designed to support students who are in need of the most academic support in these areas.
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