Community Building for Student SuccessThe success of Supplemental Instruction depends on a community of students, faculty, SI Leaders, and other campus partners. Arturo Rodriguez explains why in the October '16 Paw Print newsletter.
Everyone WritesRegardless of major, every UA student is required to write. Everyone is welcome at the Writing Center, where tutors will help with any phase of any writing project.
Academic Skills TutoringOur red-shirted tutors help students improve study skills and become more active learners—strategies that help in every course! Drop in during tutoring hours or attend a free workshop.
Drop-in TutoringDrop in for help with math, writing, science, business, or languages—these tutors are ready to work with you at five campus locations and online.
Message from the Director
Welcome to the THINK TANK! I'm glad you've joined us at the UA. We have an assortment of services at a variety of locations. We have a staff of nearly 200 students, graduate assistants and professionals, all dedicated to helping you succeed at the UA.
The THINK TANK opened its doors on August 24th, 2009 in an effort to streamline and centralize academic support services at the UA. We have partnerships with many academic departments and colleges, as well as other support units, on campus. Those partnerships are vital to the success and vibrancy of the 'TANK.' It is this collaborative process that enables you to learn with confidence.
Our mission is to empower UA students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.
In order to accomplish our mission we have rigorous training programs, two of which have International Training Program Certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Our content tutors are certified through our International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) and our Academic Skills Tutors are certified through our International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC). In addition, our Supplemental Instruction Leaders undergo a rigorous training in cooperative learning techniques and strategies in group management. All of our employees are required to attend ongoing training to enhance their skills. I am very proud of our excellent programs and have confidence in our ability to provide you quality service.
Dorothy Briggs, Director
The THINK TANK tells its story of academic success in various ways. Here are some Highlights of THINK TANK data.
For the last five enrollment years, first-time full-time freshmen who made use of THINK TANK services have demonstrated higher institutional retention rates (4-8% higher) than the official UA rate. When compared specifically to first-time full-time freshmen who do not utilize THINK TANK services, there is a greater increase in retention (7-11%).
“I love coming to Think Tank. I always get my work done, and leave happy with more acquired knowledge. THINK TANK ROCKS!!!!” –Anonymous
“The UA GWC has been the most collegial yet rigorous writing workshop I have experienced in my academic career. THINK TANK facilitators modeled the process and strategies for us during the fall, and we have been successfully working on our own into the spring. The group introduced me to people I hope will be lifelong colleagues, and kicked my thinking/writing up to a higher level of confidence and rigor. Wish I had found this resource sooner, and I highly recommend the GWCs be expanded and continued.” Elisabeth R., Doctoral candidate; Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies
“Coming to the THINK TANK is part of my routine, and that consistency has definitely helped my study habits” – Ashley T., sophomore, Engineering