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Academic Support

Laura Bessent, M.Ed.Laura Bessent, M.Ed.

Coordinator of Academic Support and Early Intervention
B.A., Foreign Language, Austin Peay State University
M.Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of South Carolina

Academic Support is a service within the Student Success Center that exists to help students reach their academic goals. Below are some of the services offered by Academic Support:

Early Intervention

Through Early Intervention efforts, the University attempts to identify at-risk students early in the semester and help set them on the right track. Click Here for more information.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SI is an academic support model developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 1973 that uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success within targeted historically difficult courses. SI is offer at USCB in some sections of MATH 111. More courses may be added in future semesters. Click here for more information.

Tutoring & Writing Center

USCB offers FREE one-on-one tutoring in various courses in Library rooms 219-234. Students can book appointments in advance using this link:

Academic Workshop Series

This workshop series covers a variety of topics such as time management, study skills, and emotional intelligence. A workshop schedule is created each semester. Click here for the Spring 2019 Academic Workshop Schedule.

If you have any questions about Academic Support please contact Laura Bessent, the Coordinator of Academic Support and Early Intervention at or 843-208-8024.