Rochester University’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers free peer tutoring sessions, 24/7 online tutoring support, study resources, computer and printer stations, and much more. At the ACE you’ll have access to student-centered programs, resources, and services to help you develop and grow as a student. It’s a great resource for printing your paper, checking your email, finding a textbook, checking out a calculator, working with a tutor, improving your study skills, or working independently. And all services and resources are free to RU students.

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The ACE is located in the Utley Center, downstairs from the Auditorium and right next to the cafeteria. Connected to the ACE is the Community Hub for Integrated Living and Learning (CHILL), which provides a quiet and comfortable area for individual and group study. Inside of the CHILL, you will find comfortable couches, table spaces for group study and independent work, charging ports for laptops and cellphones, and three large screen TVs that are available for recreational use after 5pm.

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Tutoring: Walk-in tutoring is available for writing and basic math during most ACE hours. Walk-in sessions operate on a first-come, first-served basis and work great for students who have a quick question about their work.

Tutoring Appointments: Tutoring appointments are available for many foundational RU courses. During a session, you will work one-on-one with a tutor specialized in your subject. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Students in the same class may request a group study session with a tutor. Please see our Appointment Policy under the “Policies” tab for further details.

24/7 Online Tutoring: The ACE offers online tutoring support available 24/7 via Smarthinking.  Students can access Smarthinking by logging into their Moodle account and clicking the Smarthinking link. Smarthinking also provides students with access to subject study guides and video tutorials. See the “Online” tab for more information.

Time Management: Students can meet with a tutor to get help with time management, organization, study strategies, and test anxiety.

Accommodations: Students with disability-related needs should confer with the Accommodations Officer in the Executive Offices to learn about available resources and services.

Resources: The ACE has textbook, calculator, and headphone resources available for students to check out. Charging stations can also be found in the ACE and CHILL for electronic devices. A plethora of online resources are available under the “Online” tab for student support.

Independent Study Spaces: The ACE and CHILL are great spaces for independent study. Students can grab a couch or table and work individually or with a group in this quiet, academic setting.

Additional Services: Students can request a meeting with a tutor for support in areas other than their current coursework. Tutors provide assistance in MTTC prep, grammar practice, math study groups, speech writing assistance, ESL conversation practice, and Microsoft Word application and other technical assistance.

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In addition to the personal academic support available to you at the ACE, there are a variety of online resources and printable study pages that can also help you:

24/7 Online Tutoring Support for ALL subjects via Smarthinking

Smarthinking (ST) is an online-tutoring service designed for students who are taking core academic courses. Online learning assistance is available from tutors in mathematics, computer & technology (Word, Access, Excel, etc.), business, science, nursing, Spanish, and writing for all subjects. Click here for a detailed list of subjects and topics.

Rochester University students must access and use ST via Moodle.  Students simply click on the “Smarthinking” button, and they will be dropped into Smarthinking without having to login directly. Smarthinking is a free resource for RU students.

Smarthinking Study Aids

In Smarthinking, students have access to student aids, including video lessons, general resources, and digital content.

Writing & English

ACE Online Writing Support The ACE offers online writing support for students who are unable to schedule in-person writing consultations on campus. Writing tutors abide by RU’s Comprehensive Code of Academic Integrity. The final draft of any paper should be the author’s original work.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a wonderful resource for any writing questions you may have. From common errors to proper citation formatting, OWL Purdue provides a variety of examples, explanations, and tools for you to improve your writing and style.  This site offers a clear explanation of plagiarism and provides the tools to help you site your work appropriately. This is a great resource to use if you are still confused about what constitutes as plagiarism.

How to  Learn how to succeed in college with the latest study strategies and writing techniques. Get hints and tips for writing papers for your major and passing final exams.


Free Math Help This site was launched in June 2002 and provides lessons, games, and homework help on a variety of subject matters including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and more.

Khan Academy shows an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments for math, science, finance & economy, humanities, and test preparation.

OpenStax OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University with a mission to improve student access to education. OpenStax provides access to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Check out their free textbooks and resources for math, science, social sciences, and the humanities.

Ed Ready: EdReady™ lets you assess your readiness for college math, see study options, and get a personalized study path to fill in knowledge gaps.


History Study Tips This informational page will help you as you study for your history course.

Textbooks and Resources

Ennis & Nancy Ham Library The Rochester University Library home page provides a variety of information as you begin your research.

ACE Textbook Resources This link provides a complete list of the textbook resources available in the ACE. All textbooks must be used in the ACE.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons: OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.

Study Skills & General Support

Student Support: RU is committed to helping students succeed in their collegiate journeys by supporting the whole student – body, mind, and spirit – within a Christian setting. The Support Our Students (SOS) team meets regularly to provide individualized support to students who may need additional resources. Want to communicate with our SOS Team? Email and we’ll be in touch soon!

How to  This site provides clear information on study skills including preparing to study, developing better reading and listening skills, guidelines for creating flashcards, and much more.

Study Guides and Strategies   This website is authored, developed, and maintained by Joe Landsberger as an educational public service. The student guides are collaboratively maintained across institutional and national boundaries, and were last revised in March 2008. Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners.

Effective Study Skills  This web page on study skills is designed to help you improve your learning and comprehension. Effective study skills must be practiced in order for you to truly improve in your studies.

Learning Strategies  This website has information on time management, reading textbooks, note-taking, and managing stress and anxiety (includes videos).

Note Taking Techniques:  Mindmapping  &  Cornell note-taking method [PDF]

Academic Reading Guide  This site is a comprehensive resource to help students increase their reading efficiency and comprehension. This guide explains what to look for when you read for academic purposes, how to take notes as you read, and what an essay should look like.

Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU): Founded in 2009, Peer 2 Peer University is a nonprofit organization that facilitates learning outside of institutional walls. Designing and leveraging open education tools and resources, P2PU strives to cultivate a high-quality, low-cost model for lifelong learning. Some of the site’s features include Learning Circles, for students in online classes who want to take online courses together, in person.

Lessonpaths: Create, share and explore Learning Playlists. This site provides a variety of educational playlists to help you learn and better understand subject matters.

Memrise: This site helps you to learn languages and new vocabulary. We use “mems” to help you form vivid, sensory memories. We test you continuously, always making sure to give your brain just the right workout. If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

iTunes U: Tunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback. This is a great resource for future teachers!

Academic Earth: Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.

My Study Life: It’s time to say goodbye to your paper planner. My Study Life is everything your paper planner is and more. Rotation schedules, assignments, revision, exams? My Study Life has it covered on all of your devices. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

Brainly: Brainly is the world’s largest social learning community. That’s 80 million students a month from 35 countries, all turning to Brainly to ask more, know more, and learn faster.

CodeCademy: Learn to code interactively for free.

Resume & Career Help

Look Sharp: LookSharp is the largest internship and entry-level jobs marketplace dedicated entirely to students and new grads. Our goal is to help you launch a career you love. And because we know firsthand how stressful job-hunting can be, we’ve crafted resources to help you every step of the way. From time-saving templates to perfect your resume and cover letter, to advanced advice on how to reach out to recruiters and what to say during interviews, we’re here to make sure you crush the application process. Don’t settle for a job when you can have a career.

Citation Style Guides

American Psychological Association

Modern Language Association

Chicago Manual of Style Online, Sixteenth edition

Society of Biblical Literature


Resources created by ACE Peer Tutors

10 Tips to Succeed and Manage Time in an Online Class

Etiquette for Emailing Professors

Helpful Study Techniques

How to Plan Out a Paper

How to Succeed as an Elementary Education Major

How to Succeed in Intro to Chemistry I and II

How to Take Notes in Math

How to Factor

Reading for Comprehension

Study Tips for Business Classes

Succeeding in Survey of Biblical Literature

Surviving Psych Seminar

Tips for Doing Well in Western Civilization

Elementary Statistics Video Tutorials

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All services are free to Rochester University students. Bring your student ID in order to swipe in for services.

Session Length: Tutoring sessions are 30 minutes in length. Longer sessions are available upon request and availability but are limited to one-hour time slots.

Appointment Policy: Students who are unable to make their appointment must contact the ACE lab 24 hours in advance. Once a student misses three tutoring appointments in a semester without notifying the ACE lab, they will lose the opportunity to make future appointments. (Students may still continue to get help via walk-in tutoring).

Group Sessions: Groups of 2-5 students must be in the same course to request a group study session with a tutor. Groups should submit their request using the online appointment request form found on the homepage of our website. Groups should list the class, instructor, assignment, and all members of the group in the comment section of the form.

Tests and Graded Work: The ACE Lab does not help on tests, quizzes, test corrections, or other graded work. The ACE Lab does not proctor exams or quizzes. Students must communicate with their instructor and the Academic Testing Center (ATC) for all make-up exams and for testing with accommodations.

Checkout Policy: Students have the opportunity to check out calculators and headphones, utilize textbooks, and borrow additional resources from the ACE Lab. Students must present their student ID card in order to checkout or use materials. It is expected that students return borrowed materials within 24 hours of check out. Student ID cards are returned to the student when materials are checked back in. If a student fails to return borrowed materials, and if after multiple communication attempts have been made on behalf of ACE staff to the student without a student response, a fee will be applied to their student account until either the materials are returned or the fee is paid in full.

Online Writing Support: Students may submit a paper up to two times using the Online Writing Form. After that, students must set up an appointment and work one-on-one with a tutor. While tutors will try to address all areas of a paper, they are trained to review higher-order writing concerns first and may not get through an entire paper. Writing tutors abide by RU’s Comprehensive Code of Academic Integrity (available on the Student Portal). The final draft of any paper should be the author’s original work.

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Social & Educational Programs

Throughout the academic year, the ACE hosts small social and educational programs. Announcements about upcoming programs can be found on the ACE Facebook or Instagram page and are announced in the Weekly Warrior.

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Rochester University Study Hours Program for Student-Athletes

See complete Study Hours Program

The Athletic Department and the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) are committed to the academic progress and success of student athletes as they participate in intercollegiate competition and work toward earning their degrees at Rochester University.

Rochester University Study Hour Policies

In order to ensure that student athletes have the opportunity for studying in their busy schedules, Rochester University student athletes must participate in the RU Study Hour program. Mandatory Study Hour time is assessed each semester and typically is based on the following qualifications:

*All freshmen must complete mandatory hours of Study Hour time each week in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) during their first year (two semesters) at Rochester University.

*All first-time transfer students with a GPA below 2.4 must complete mandatory hours of Study Hour time each week in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) during their first year (two semesters) at Rochester University.

*All student athletes with a GPA below 2.4 must complete mandatory hours of Study Hour time each week in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) until they raise their GPA above 2.399.

Student athletes have the opportunity to complete study hour requirements in the RU Ham Library or via virtual tutoring sessions.

If a student athlete’s cumulative GPA drops below a 2.4, the student must adhere to the following scale for additional required Study Hours.

GPA (Cumulative)  Required ACE Hours
Below 2.0 3 (required 1 hour with a tutor)
2.001 – 2.199 3 (required ½ hour with a tutor)
2.200 – 2.399 3 (tutoring available)

Study Hours Library Work Form

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ACE Coordinator

Michele Stanton – (248) 218-2173

Michele Stanton is an alumnus of Rochester College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Counseling. Michele’s role as ACE Coordinator includes overseeing daily operations in the tutoring center, facilitating a welcoming environment for student learning, and providing student support services. Outside of her role in ACE, Michele spends her time serving alongside her husband in his ministry as a youth pastor and volunteering with the local Detroit Bible Quizzing program for teens. She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading suspense novels, and listening to country music.