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ACE Opens for Students By: Marlee Sorrells

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Tutoring Center opened for students Sept. 10 in its new location at the back left corner of the first floor in the library. This year, ACE celebrated with “Pop in to ACE,” where they provided students with popcorn, lollipops, poptarts, and a chance to win a giveaway.

“I am very excited to see how well ACE goes this year,” Reece Hester, a senior psychology major from Cambodia, said. “ACE is such a great resource for students at Hardin-Simmons University, and I am very excited to be a part of it this semester for Bible and psychology students.”

ACE has a class on each student’s HSU Canvas which houses important information about the tutoring centers and its tutors. The schedule for each tutor is included along with their email, so that students may schedule a specific time to meet with them one-on-one.

“I have already had students come see me for physics and it has been so fun to be able to help them figure out each problem on their own,” Tristan Tillman, a senior biology major from Aledo, said. “It is really fulfilling to see the lightbulb go off in their head and watch them finish their homework on their own without confusion.”

Students are welcome to “pop in to ACE” when it is open Sunday-Thursday from 3-10 p.m. or make an appointment with a tutor if they would like to receive more individual tutoring. They may also schedule a time outside of ACE hours to meet with their tutor at the library if no other time is an option.

“I really like how ACE is really flexible for students,” Kaylee McKee, a sophomore exercise science major from Lubbock, said. “They have accommodated for my work schedule and time with Spurs. The tutors are also very nice and supportive to each student. You will never leave ACE feeling poorly about yourself or like the tutors do not care about you.”

Tutors at ACE are certified internationally and undergo training to ensure the best services for each student.

“I am proud of the work I’ve put into ACE,” Hester said. “I have worked hard and received many benefits from the skills I picked up in training.”

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