LogoThe Student Success Office oversees academic support services including Tutorial Center, Math Lab, Study Central, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and Learning Communities. The ultimate goal of the Student Success Program is to connect students with the appropriate academic support services and resources needed to achieve their educational goals. Contact Tomasia Drummond, Director of Student Success at (209) 384-6318 if you have questions.

About the Student Success Program


Tutorial CenterTutorial Center
Merced Campus, Communications Building, Room 1
(209) 384-6329

The Tutorial Center provides tutoring at no cost to students who are currently enrolled in the course for which the student is seeking tutoring.  Students must complete a tutoring referral form and be referred by a counselor or instructor to receive tutoring services.  The Center provides individual and group tutoring in most subjects and is always staffed with professional faculty and highly-trained peer tutors.  Tutors are students who have been recommended by their instructors and have completed a tutor training course.   Students receive assistance to enroll in the non-credit TUT-106 course.

Math LabMath Lab
Merced Campus: Science Building, Room 201, (upstairs)
(209) 384-6293
The Math lab is always staffed with math faculty to assist students with math skills acquisition. The lab provides faculty support and computer tutorials for all math students. Math instructors assist students individually with questions from basic to advanced math. Graphing calculators are available for use in the lab only. Students who enroll in a math course are automatically enrolled in the non-credit EDU 112B lab course. There are no fees for this course and attendance is optional.

Study CentralStudy Central
Merced Campus: Study Central, Student Union Building
(209) 384-6177
Study Central is a place where students can receive assistance from highly trained peer guides, and faculty who specialize in a variety of academic fields. It provides a comfortable environment for students to study or work on homework, individually or in small groups. Study Central is equipped with computers and Internet access for research and class-related assignments. In addition, Study Central offers free, drop-in academic workshops that cover a variety of topics supporting student success.

Supplemental InstructionSupplemental Instruction (SI)
Merced Campus: Study Central, Student Union Building
(209) 384-6318
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to assist students with traditionally difficult academic courses. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course, and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students. SI sessions are open to all students in the course and are attended on a voluntary basis.

Supplemental InstructionLearning Communities
Merced Campus: Study Central, Student Union Building
(209) 384-6177
Learning Communities are pairs or clusters of courses that revolve around a theme or major. These courses are taught by creative faculty dedicated to student success. Learning Communities enhance students’ academic and social opportunities, improve connection with faculty and peers, and provides greater involvement in learning. If students are interested in learning communities they must enroll in all of the classes in that group. Students must enroll in person to determine if they are eligible and obtain a counselor’s signature.

Student Success LogoStudent Success Workshops
Merced Campus: Study Central, Student Union Building, Room #141
(209) 384-6177
All Student Success Workshops are free and students are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. Come join us! Our workshops are held in Study Central, in the Student Union Building, Room #141. Feel free to bring a drink or snack with you to the workshop.

Award-Winning Program

Chancellor's Student Success AwardWinner of the 2014 Chancellor's Student Success Award

Merced College's Study Central was one of three California community college programs recognized in 2014 by the Chancellor's Office for demonstrating a commitment and significant progress toward Achieving Student Equity and Success for all students.

2011-2012 President's Gold and BlueWinner of the 2011-2012 President's Blue & Gold Award

The Student Success Program received the 2011-2012 President’s Blue & Gold Award for outstanding contributions to Merced College.