Online Study Strategies & Academic Tools
Chaplain Services - The Mequon Center has the services of the resident campus pastor, and some of our Centers have designated chaplains. The Center chaplain is an ordained Lutheran (LCMS) pastor who is accessible to all students. He is available by appointment for free and confidential spiritual guidance, comfort , and/or counseling on an individual basis for the student and members of the students family. He does not report to the director, staff, or faculty. Please contact your local Center for his name, phone number, and email address.
Tutors and Tutorials
Tutors - Each Center offers tutors in a variety of subjects. Off-campus students should contact the Center of the course they are taking.
Atomic Learning Computer Program Tutorials - Commonly used computer program tutorials are available under the Atomic Learning channel of the Resources tab of the CUW Portal. Atomic Learning provides web-based software training for more than 100 applications students and educators use every day. Short tutorials answer the common questions people have when learning popular software packages. Atomic Learning provides thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorial movies and resources.
Academic Skills Development - Starting a post-secondary education is challenging work. If you would like some guidance on how to get into the swing of it, Concordia offers assistance with developing the proficiencies vital to a successful college career, such as time management, note-taking, reading comprehension, test-taking, and using and citing sources in research papers. Students who are off-site and unable to travel to the Mequon campus should log on to the Portal and click on the LRC section (under the 'Student Services' tab) to access online workshops and other academic skill resources.
Online Writing Lab
Online Writing Lab (OWL) - The OWL is maintained by trained Writing Center staff and writing consultants who offer constructive comments about students' projects. The OWL staff reviews essays and focuses on higher-order writing concerns such as argumentation, organization, evidence usage, and flow. Consultants can also assist with citation and grammar, but the OWL staff strives to give students holistic feedback on assignments beyond simply proofreading drafts.
This online tutoring program is staffed by trained instructors who can guide and support students in the general undergraduate subject areas of:
- Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus)
- Science (General and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology)
- Business (Intro to Accounting, Economics, Statistics, and Finance)
Students may access the following Smarthinking tutoring options:
- Real-time chat with online instructors who specialize in select disciplines
- Pre-arranged chat appointments offered for a variety of subject areas
- Submission of coursework-related questions to Smarthinking online instructors
- Access to an electronic library of academic resources
For more information on Smarthinking, students can contact their Center Director or the Support Services Coordinator at (262) 243-4535.
Academic Advising - Each degree student is assigned a faculty/staff member as his or her personal academic advisor.
- The Academic Advising Program helps you plan and individualize a program of study that fits the vision of your future. We’ll help you build a program that encourages intellectual and spiritual development, self-knowledge and the professional skills you’ll need to succeed.
- Advisors stay up to date on changes in the curriculum and have both the professional training and responsibility to offer sound academic and professional advice to advisees.
The Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides a variety of free services that aim to increase students' academic success. The LRC houses tutoring, the Supplemental Instruction program, the Writing Center, and Disability Support Services.
- Tutoring – One-to-one tutoring is available for most courses. Tutors are typically juniors or seniors who have demonstrated mastery of the course subject matter.
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) – SI is an internationally renowned program that facilitates peer-led, structured group study sessions. SI is associated with traditionally difficult courses, and is available to students of all ability levels.
- Writing Center – Writing Center consultants work with students at any stage of the writing process. Consultants will work one-on-one with students to generate topic ideas, gather support for the thesis, check documentation formatting, and evaluate the paper for organization and clarity.
- Disability Support Services (DSS) – DSS coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the university's compliance responsibilities under the law. Accommodation determinations for all students with documented disabilities will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Computer Program Tutorials
Tutorials for commonly used programs are available at the Atomic Learning channel under the Resources tab of the CUW Portal. Atomic Learning provides web-based software training for more than 100 applications students and educators use every day. Short tutorials answer the common questions people have when learning popular software packages. Atomic Learning provides thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorial movies and resources.