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BA/MD and CAPS

The BA/MD Program and the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) collaborate to provide academic support services for BA/MD students. Together we offer various types of tutorial service on a weekly and semester basis in all physical science and math courses.

What are "CAPS Services?" Students can satisfy their BA/MD requirement of attending CAPS Services by utilizing the following types of tutorial assistance. All types of tutorial service is usually offered for all of your Math and Physical Science courses, such as Math 181 and Chemistry 121, as well as many other subjects.

CAPS Tutoring/SI attendance Requirement

Fall Semester Freshmen year:  all first year students are required to attend CAPS for tutoring and/or Supplemental Instruction sessions for a minimum of one hour per week for each Math or Pre-med Science core course (required by the program) they are enrolled in for the semester.

  • Mandatory tutoring/SI each week (including Thanksgiving week) starting the second week of the semester.
  • Students are responsible to seek more tutoring/SI if necessary (such as receiving grades in course below a B- at mid-semester progress reports).
  • CCSP can require students to attend more tutoring/SI or other services if they deem necessary.

Approved CAPS Services for BA/MD Required Hours

Drop-In Tutoring (approved for BA/MD required hours)

Study and work on homework and assignments in a supportive and collaborative group environment where peer tutors circulate and offer mini lessons. Drop-in tutoring is completely free and you don’t need an appointment! Just come to one of our many drop-in locations, sit down, and raise your hand when you have a question. A peer tutor will discuss your questions with you and help you develop the tools you need to be a successful problem solver.

Individual Appointments (approved for BA/MD required hours)

Individual appointments are great when you need a little extra time with a tutor to work on solving a complex problem, understanding a difficult question, or designing a personalized plan for success.  Work one-on-one with a peer tutor or learning strategist who tailors the interactions to your needs. Students can schedule 25 or 50 minute appointments up to a week in advance.

SI Sessions (approved for BA/MD required hours)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions to help you succeed in historically difficult courses. Students who attend SI regularly average one half to a full letter grade higher than students who choose not to attend.  According to some prominent research attending one 50 minute session is the equivalent of studying 2.5 hours alone! SI is for all students who want to maximize their study time, while improving both their understanding of course material and developing lifelong learning skills.