- Academic Advisor (AI)
- Director of Programs
- Methodology Workshops
- Peer Tutoring Service
- Squadron Liaison Teacher
This document describes the academic resources and counselling services available to students at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.
The Writing Aid Centre (WAC) is available to all officer cadets who wish to improve the quality of their writing in their first official language: English or French. Under the guidance of literature teachers for the most part, help is available in a variety of ways: by regular meetings, on a drop-in basis, or through individualized study using available reference material, electronic resources, and exercises.
Students may utilize the Centre as a resource for help with academic assignments as long as the assignment for which help is sought is submitted 48 hours ahead of time to the secretary of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (LH 301). An appointment will then be arranged with the student to discuss how best to improve the quality of the assignment. It must be emphasized that the WAC is not an editing service for student essays; it is a resource to help students improve their writing by developing students’ abilities to recognize and correct writing problems on their own.
The WAC is available on a voluntary basis, but students with particular difficulties may be referred to the Centre in order to help them remedy their writing problems.
The Centre is located in LH 218 and its hours of operation are posted on the door.
The MAC provides a room allowing teachers to meet groups of students requiring special help in mathematics. Students can also arrange for an individual session with a math instructor posted on the list of available teachers.
The Science Resource Centre (SRC) is available to all students who would like to work under the supervision of a math or science teacher, either individually or in a group. Depending on their expertise, teachers at the SRC can help students with exercises or problems in math, physics, chemistry, or biology. If necessary, teachers may also provide additional explanations on material covered in class. The SRC is located in the Lahaie pavilion, Room 220. Opening hours are posted on the door of the Centre as well as on the Science Department bulletin board.
Academic Advisor AI
An academic advisor (AI) is at the college one day per week. The advisor's role is to counsel students on matters pertaining to educational development, admission requirements, and graduation (DCS) while OCdts are studying at Royal Military College Saint-Jean.
The advisor is available for consultation in the following areas:
- general information on colleges and academic programs;
- admission and program requirements;
- information on one's academic program;
- program or college transfers;
- course substitutions and equivalencies; and
- course load and selection.
The academic advisor can also refer students to various services offered by the Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. These include the following: services for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or attention deficits; social and community-based services; and guidance counselling. Students can also make appointments to see professionals such as psychologists, special education teachers, and guidance specialists.
Director of Programs
On arrival and at the end of each semester, the Director of Programs will meet with all students individually in order to help students with course and program choices. The Director of Programs is also available to answer students' questions about their educational development.
After reviewing the students' academic files, the Director of Programs will take the necessary steps to ensure that, where appropriate, either the CEGEP or the Royal Military College of Canada recognize courses completed at other colleges or universities.
From time to time, the Director of Programs will adjust a student's academic program based on the student's results and progress. The Director of Programs will also counsel students who wish to change programs. Finally, the Director of Programs will ensure, as much as possible, that students are able to complete their university degrees within the established deadlines.
Students experiencing difficulties in a given course should first contact their teachers for assistance. All teachers post office hours, and, in addition, they make themselves available to students in other ways. Students can also make appointments to see teachers outside of office hours if necessary.
Methodology workshops have been given for a number of years. The format and content of the workshops vary from year to year. Some topics covered in previous years include the following: note-taking, study skills, time and stress management, reading skills, writing styles, and plagiarism.
Methodology workshops have been incorporated into the schedules of all new students, whether the students are in Social Science or Science. In the first part of the semester, teachers will deliver general lectures on the following topics as they relate to academic studies at Royal Military College Saint-Jean:
- The transition from high school to college;
- College and university studies and the development of fundamental skills such as critical thinking and intellectual pursuits;
- Time management;
- Stress management;
- Plagiarism and proper documentation of sources;
- Research methods (including a visit to the library); and
- Bibliographies and references.
In the second part of the semester, students in difficulty will receive individualized instruction from teachers; the rest of the students will be exempted from methodology classes. The purpose of this approach is not to target so-called "weak" students, but rather to allow classroom teachers and those who volunteer at the WAC and the SRC to focus on students who require further instruction for the following reasons:
- Organizational problems persist (stress management problems, poor time management, poor study habits, and so on); or
- Effort is inadequate for succeeding at school.
Before midterm, classroom teachers will provide methodology teachers with the names of the students who would benefit from individualized instruction.
The following students require individual tutoring:
- those who have been placed on warning or probation because they failed one or more courses in a previous semester;
- those who have organizational or motivational problems and are not eligible for the methodology workshops offered to new students; and
- those who are in the process of failing the current semester.
These students will be identified during the midterm marks meeting on the basis of their results and their teachers' observations. Nonetheless, students in need may be identified at any given time so that tutors can be assigned to them.
The tutor's role is to act as a counselor; tutors meet with students to discuss problems and to provide guidance. Tutors are not expected to help students with their school work, but rather to ensure that students are cognizant of available resources and of how to use these tools in order to succeed in their studies.These students will be identified during the midterm marks meeting on the basis of their results and their teachers' observations. Nonetheless, students in need may be identified at any given time so that tutors can be assigned to them.
At the beginning of every academic year, a bank of teachers interested in tutoring one or more students is created so that tutors can be quickly assigned to students in need.
Peer Tutoring Service
Peer tutoring is a service that matches students experiencing difficulties in their courses with students, called peer tutors, who have successfully completed those courses in previous semesters, with the goal of providing prompt and individual help. This allows students who perform well academically to get involved, and provides students with academic difficulties to have a tutor who is not their teacher, and thus does not evaluate them.
The tutor decides how many hours they would like to volunteer, and his or her role is to meet with students who are experiencing academic difficulties, in order to provide them with help during their learning. Usually, weekly meetings are recommended in order to encourage the tutee's success in their courses. Help provided by the tutor can vary: helping the student prepare for an exam, explaining difficult course content, holding study sessions, conversing in the tutee's second language, etc.
Peer tutoring offers many benefits:
- Students experiencing academic difficulties have the opportunity to be supported by a student who has already successfully completed the course, and who has developed their own understanding of the course material.
- Tutors develop their interpersonal, communication and leadership skills while coaching the tutee.
Squadron Liaison Teacher
In order to maximize officer cadets' chances of academic success, each squadron includes one teacher, who is a full and active member of the squadron. The objective of their placement is to ensure efficient communication between teachers from the Academic Division, squadron commanders, and officer cadets. These liaison teachers are regularly informed of the activities of their squadrons, and they attend meetings relevant to their roles. They even participate alongside officer cadets in certain military or sporting activities. Their role, furthermore, is to ensure that academic and military activities do not interfere with each other. The ultimate objective of this arrangement is to favour a balanced schedule for officer cadets, enabling them to give their best to all four pillars of life at Royal Military College Saint-Jean. Liaison teachers embody the ideal of cooperation between military personnel and teaching staff, who strive towards the same goal.
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