The Study is one of four pillar programs under Transformative Learning. Along side Academic Preparation & Placement (APP), Academic Coaching, and Presentation U Speaking and Writing Center, The Study provides academic support and resources in order to assist UK students’ in achieving academic success and persistence to graduation. In alignment with Transformative Learning’s mission to enhance students’ academic experience as early and as often as possible, The Study offers proactive assistance through free peer tutoring in many entry level Math, Science, and Business courses. The Study provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for students to drop in, as they wish, to seek help on homework or exam prep, or simply to study within a group environment.
The Study’s Peer Tutoring Program is nationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and it is an expectation of employment that all tutors earn level 1 or level 2 certification. Peer Tutors are trained to create an active group-learning environment and assist students in developing deeper content knowledge as well as the tools necessary to be lifelong learners.
Brief History of The Study:
As a response to recommendations outlined in the 2003 Provost’s Task Force report on the First Year Experience, Academic Enhancement was established in 2003 to be a centralized, seamless delivery of services and programs designed and implemented with a focus on retention and persistence of undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. One of the primary services offered through Academic Enhancement was the Peer Tutoring Program, now known as The Study, which provided free drop-in tutoring for many entry level courses. In response to more than 500 students’ specific requests during the 2005-2006 academic year, and at the request of the dean of Arts and Sciences as well as the president of Student Government, Academic Enhancement’s Peer Tutoring Program assumed responsibility for all entry level math tutoring during 2006-2007 academic year. This created a surge in student traffic and helped to make The Study part of the ethos at the University of Kentucky.
In 2014, Academic Enhancement merged with Presentation U! to form Transformative Learning, a new academic success office under the division of Academic Excellence. The mission of Transformative Learning is to provide academic preparation programming and academic support for undergraduates in all colleges to help them master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners. Additionally, in the Fall of 2014 Transformative Learning opened The Study North (TSN), a second location for students to access free, drop-in, peer tutoring. The new space is conveniently located on the first floor of Jewel Hall, one of the residence halls on the north side of campus. A few short years later, at the end of academic year 2016-2017, the original home for The Study, Commons Complex, was taken offline. Thus, The Study was relocated to the garden level of Donovan Hall, one of the residence halls on central campus. Subsequently, the Peer Tutoring Program has experienced significant growth over the past several years.