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Learn About the ASC

In this guide, students, faculty members, and staff can learn more about the ASC's tiers of service, policies, and staff.

Reserving Your Session

Please use the Academic Success Center Coaching Scheduler to reserve your seat to attend any of the available group sessions. 

Review the Register tab of the Learn the ASC page for assistance with registering for scheduled coaching.

 

All sessions are scheduled using Phoenix, AZ - Mountain Standard Time

Group Sessions

Academic Writer Made Easy Icon

Monday 3:00 p.m. 

Are you using all the features available in Academic Writer? New and experienced users are invited to join us on a tour of Academic Writer’s three centers. During this interactive group session, you will learn how to explore the Learn center to locate APA guidelines and samples, use the Reference center to build and import references, and create papers using APA templates in the Write center. Coaching Scheduler


Analyzing Research group session icon

Friday 4:00 p.m. 

The Analyzing Research group session will help you understand how to critically analyze literature and prior studies into common themes and outliers. During this session, you will have the opportunity to practice implementing various analysis strategies, with emphasis on the research funnel to support flow and structure. Students are encouraged to come with topic ideas for the coach to use as an example. This session is helpful to attend if you would like to learn how to analyze research. Coaching Scheduler


Basics of APA Style icon glasses on book

Tuesday 3:00 p.m. 

Learn more about the basics of APA Style in this group session. During the session, you will learn basic document setup, citation formatting, where to locate additional APA resources, and review some of the updates in the seventh edition of the Publication Manual. Through guided practice, you will build citations and references from sample sources. There is always time provided for interactive group discussions, so each session is unique. Coaching Scheduler


Decoding the Assignment Prompt icon hand holding magnifying glass

Friday 1:00 p.m. 

There are times when it is hard to understand what you need to do after reading the assignment prompt. What are you being asked to do? What does it mean to discuss, argue, or justify? What parts need to appear in your finished product? If you’ve ever faced these questions or struggled to understand an assignment prompt, this group session is for you. Together, we will learn a variety of strategies for clearly identifying what you need to do based on the assignment description. Coaching Scheduler


Mechanics Drive-In: Building Strong Writing icon- sign saying never give up

 

Wednesday 4:00 p.m. 

The Mechanics Drive-In will take the mystery out of academic writing in a supportive small group setting. Through guided practice and discussion, students will develop an understanding of the academic writing process. Students will practice the structures of academic writing, including but not limited to sentence structure, transitions, paragraph and section development, and building a thesis statement. Coaching Scheduler


Paragraph Development Icon- pyramid of building blocks

 

Monday 11:00 a.m. 

Paragraphs are the building blocks of longer documents. Join this interactive group session to share, discuss, and practice strategies for building developed and effective paragraphs. You are encouraged to attend this group session whenever you have questions about paragraph development. Coaching Scheduler


Outlining (Scholarly Writing) Icon Hand drawing a mind map

Tuesday 4:00 p.m. 

Outlining is a way of organizing ideas and is a helpful strategy for academic success. There are multiple ways to outline and doing so before and after composing a paper can help with the paper's arrangement and help ensure alignment with assignment prompts. This group session will include general organization techniques, creating an outline from an assignment prompt, creating an outline from a thesis, outlining for larger projects, and reverse outlining. Coaching Scheduler  


Properly Paraphrasing icon word cloud about paraphrasing

Sunday 12:00 p.m.  & Thursday 4:00 p.m. 

This group session provides students with strategies and tips to help students build paraphrasing skills. Students can bring their questions and concerns about paraphrasing to the session, participate in paraphrasing activities, group discussions, and evaluate sample paraphrases. You are encouraged to attend this group session whenever you have questions about paraphrasing or want to brush up on your paraphrasing skills. Coaching Scheduler


Scholarly Writing icon word cloud with words about writing

Sunday 11:00 a.m. 

During this group session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions about scholarly writing. You will be provided with resources, so you are able to continue developing your scholarly voice after the session. There will be discussions over topics such as scholarly voice, concise writing, and writing guidelines. Interactive practice opportunities will be provided to help you develop your unique scholarly voice. Coaching Scheduler


Synthesis and Analysis group session icon

Monday 4:00 p.m. 

The Synthesis and Analysis group session will help you understand and utilize the key concepts of synthesis and analysis in academic writing. During this session, you will have the opportunity to practice synthesis and analysis through use of an outline for paragraph and paper development. Students are encouraged to come with topic ideas for the coach to use as a research example. This session is helpful to attend if you would like to learn how to synthesize information. Coaching Scheduler


Synthesizing Research group session icon

Wednesday 4:00 p.m. 

The Synthesizing Research group session will assist you in understanding the outlining process starting with a main research topic. During this session, you will practice identifying themes, topics, or evidence for collaboration or divergence. Students are encouraged to come with topic ideas for the coach to use as an example. This session is helpful to attend if you need guidance on how to organize your ideas. Coaching Scheduler


Writing Scholarly Introductions

Monday 6:00 p.m. 

The Writing a Scholarly Introduction group session will help you better understand the components and structure of each aspect of the introduction to assist you in being a concise and effective writer. The session will promote competency in how to effectively structure and write the introduction for your work, including discussion and live guided practice during the session. You will learn how to strategize and approach writing the introduction for your paper. Coaching Scheduler

Introduction to SPSS: Basics Skills & Descriptive Statistics icon

Sunday 5:00 p.m. 

This group session will introduce you to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) data analytic software. It is designed for the student who has little to no experience with SPSS. Do you know how to input data into SPSS or the differences between data view and variable view? Can you create graphs, tables, and charts in SPSS? Do you know how to import data into SPSS? In this session, you will learn these and other fundamental SPSS skills. Coaching Scheduler


Quantitative Research Design iconFriday 5:00 p.m. 

This group session will introduce you to experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental, and causal-comparative research designs, including the description and general requirements for each design typology. During this group session, you will learn about the requirements for an experimental, quasi-experimental, or non-experimental research study. The information you learn during this interactive session will help you to make an informed design selection and fully understand why that selection is the most appropriate for your study. Coaching Scheduler


SPSS: ANOVA/MANOVA group session iconThursday 6:00 p.m. 

This group session will introduce you to using the SPSS software for univariate and factorial analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). This group is designed for the student who has experience with SPSS. Do you know how to test the assumptions of univariate and multivariate normality, homogeneity of variances and covariance matrices, and linearity?  Or how to interpret the effect size, post hoc power, and multiple comparisons test? In this session, you will learn how to do these and other associated statistical techniques in SPSS. Coaching Scheduler


SPSS: Correlation/Linear Regression group session iconFriday 6:00 p.m. 

This group session will introduce you to using the SPSS software to run bivariate correlations, and simple/multiple linear regression analysis. This group is designed for the student who has experience with SPSS. Do you know how to test the assumptions of linearity, multicollinearity, independence, homoscedasticity, etc.? Or how to interpret the model summary, ANOVA, and coefficients tables? In this session, you will learn how to do these and other associated statistical techniques in SPSS. Coaching Scheduler


SPSS: T-Tests group session iconTuesday 6:00 p.m. 

This group session will introduce you to using the SPSS software to run single sample, independent samples, and paired-samples t-tests. This group is designed for the student who has experience with SPSS and can run basic descriptive statistical summaries, tables, graphs, etc. Do you know how to test the assumptions of normality and equality (homogeneity) of variances? Or how to interpret confidence intervals, equality of variances, equality of means, or means differences tables? In this session, you will learn how to do these and other associated statistical techniques in SPSS. Coaching Scheduler


What’s a Variable group session icon

Thursday 11:00 a.m. 

Do you ever feel confused about how to describe the way a variable is measured? Do the terms nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio sound familiar, but you don’t quite remember what they mean? If someone asked you to describe the level of measurement for the variables in your study, would you know how to answer? In this session, you will learn how to define each level of measurement and construct various examples of these definitions. Coaching Scheduler


Writing Statistical Results group session iconSunday 1:00 p.m. 

The Writing Statistical Results group session will provide you the opportunity to have guided practice through the quantitative research process from conducting a power analysis to determine sample size, addressing your analysis for assumption violations, addressing potential assumption violations, interpreting results tables, and writing up the results of your statistical analysis by implementing proper scientific notation. Each week, the group session will address one of the popular statistical analysis that many NCU Doctoral Students utilize in their quantitative dissertationsCoaching Scheduler

Analyzing Research group session icon

Friday 4:00 p.m. 

The Analyzing Research group session will help you understand how to critically analyze literature and prior studies into common themes and outliers. During this session, you will have the opportunity to practice implementing various analysis strategies, with emphasis on the research funnel to support flow and structure. Students are encouraged to come with topic ideas for the coach to use as an example. This session is helpful to attend if you would like to learn how to analyze research.  Coaching Scheduler


Dissertation Formatting group session icon

Thursday 3:00 p.m. 

This group session will provide students with support for some of the common formatting issues encountered while completing the dissertation.

Topics include:

Page Numbering►Table of Contents►List of Tables

List of Figures►How to copy and paste between templates

 Coaching Scheduler


Fundamentals of NVivo group session iconMonday 5:00 p.m. 

NVivo is a qualitative analysis software that is helpful for working with various amounts and types of data. You can use this software to organize your project, manage and code your data, and visually display your results. This session will provide a foundational understanding of the basics of NVivo, without focusing on a specific methodological approach. By the end of the session, you will have a fundamental understanding of how to start a new project, a general orientation to the main interface, and where to go to add your data sources.  Coaching Scheduler


NVivo Next Steps group session

Wednesday 5:00 p.m. 

The NVivo Next Steps session is designed to provide you with a discussion of moving from raw data to codes and using NVivo tools to create categories that will aid in the identification of themes. Learners will learn key strategies for the preparation and organization of data prior to beginning analysis to ensure that the end result is indicative of the goals for the study presented in Chapter 3. Additionally, the session will touch on identifying themes and using NVivo to support your analytical work!  Coaching Scheduler


Problem Statement group session iconThursday 4:00 p.m. & Saturday 1:00 p.m. 

While developing the statement of the problem, you may face challenges such as incorporating the funnel approach, including research, identifying gaps, and discussing the contribution to the field of research, while keeping all the details in concisely 250-300 words. Therefore, this live group coaching session will enable you to explore various techniques and strategies. There is always time provided for interactive group discussions, so each session is unique. Students are encouraged to attend this interactive group session more than once while developing their statement of the problem.  Coaching Scheduler


Purpose Statement group session iconWednesday 4:00 p.m.

The Purpose Statement Group Session will guide you through the purpose statement process by providing an understanding of the significance and meaning of the purpose statement. Through questions-and-answers, examples, guided practice, and application of knowledge, you will leave the session with the competency needed to effectively construct a purpose statement, including its connection to the problem statement and the research questions.  Students are encouraged to attend this interactive group session more than once while developing their purpose statement.  Coaching Scheduler


 

Qualitative Research Design group session icon

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. 

This group session will introduce you to the core qualitative designs. This session will provide insight into the benefits and cautions for each design and will give guidance to those unsure about the type of qualitative design most appropriate for their research. During this session, you will learn more about the assumptions, limitations, and seminal authors related to each design. There will be time for Q&A, so be sure to bring any questions you might have. 

Coaching Scheduler


Quantitative Research Design group sessionFriday 5:00 p.m.

This group session will introduce you to experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental, and causal-comparative research designs, including the description and general requirements for each design typology. During this group session, you will learn about the requirements for an experimental, quasi-experimental, or non-experimental research study. The information you learn during this interactive session will help you to make an informed design selection and fully understand why that selection is the most appropriate for your study.  Coaching Scheduler


Synthesis and Analysis group session icon

Monday 4:00 p.m. 

The Synthesis and Analysis group session will help you understand and utilize the key concepts of synthesis and analysis in academic writing. During this session, you will have the opportunity to practice synthesis and analysis through use of an outline for paragraph and paper development. Students are encouraged to come with topic ideas for the coach to use as a research example. This session is helpful to attend if you would like to learn how to synthesize information.  Coaching Scheduler


Synthesizing Research group session icon

Wednesday 4:00 p.m. 

The Synthesizing Research group session will assist you in understanding the outlining process starting with a main research topic. During this session, you will practice identifying themes, topics, or evidence for collaboration or divergence. Students are encouraged to come with topic ideas for the coach to use as an example. This session is helpful to attend if you need guidance on how to organize your ideas.  Coaching Scheduler


Theory-Conceptual Framework group session iconTuesday 5:00 p.m. 

The Theory-Conceptual Framework Group Session will help you in understanding the key components of a theoretical-conceptual framework and its purpose in your work. We will identify theories and concepts present in a research topic, working together to develop a framework for the dissertation study. Through examples, questions-and-answers, and guided practice with theories and concepts, this session will uncover the importance of the theory-conceptual framework, empowering you to identify potential frameworks and begin the first steps of putting it together.  Coaching Scheduler


Writing Qualitative Analysis group session icon

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 

The Writing Qualitative Analysis group session will help you better understand the components and structure of writing up an analysis using proper qualitative language and will assist you in being a concise and effective writer. The session will promote competency in how to confidently approach writing a qualitative analysis such as Chapter 4 of a dissertation, including purpose, organizing thoughts, and presenting only the information necessary.  Coaching Scheduler


Writing Research Design group sessionSunday 3:00 p.m. 

The Writing Research Design group session will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to successfully write up research designs within the three major social sciences research methodologies (e.g., Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods). During the live session, you will learn how to write a research design section through question and answer periods, guided practices, and examples of the application by identifying an appropriate research design for a  hypothetical research problem (i.e., research plan).  Coaching Scheduler

Advanced Legal Writing icon scale with books

 

Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

This group session will focus on supplementing the legal writing skills that students have learned in their Advanced Legal Writing class, with an emphasis on California Performance Tests. Sessions will focus on writing as well as tips for succeeding on Performance Tests.  Coaching Scheduler


Bar Exam Icon books with gavel

 

 

Monday at 6:00 p.m.

During this group session, students will review the three components of the bar exam (MBE, essays, and performance tests) and discuss strategies for how to approach studying for the bar exam. Hope to see you there!  Coaching Scheduler


Bar Exam Icon books with gavel

 

 

Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

During this group session, students will review the three components of the bar exam (MBE, essays, and performance tests) and discuss strategies for how to approach studying for the bar exam. Hope to see you there!  Coaching Scheduler


Case Briefing icon Books and notebook on table

 

Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. 

One of the main skills you will use in law school is case briefing. Case briefing is how you summarize and pull relevant information from a case. This group session will focus on improving students’ abilities to brief a case as well as improving their efficiency.  Coaching Scheduler


Exploring the Academic Success Center and Law Library Orientation ion

At 1:00 p.m. PT on January 7 & 17 ► February 4 & 21

Join us for a tour of the Academic Success Center (ASC) and Law Library, where you will learn what services are available to assist you with developing skills in legal writing and research.  The ASC and Library Law Resources Orientation is for law students who want to understand where to access resources for legal citations, writing, and research to provide you with the support you need to achieve your academic goals.  Coaching Scheduler


Bar Exam Icon books with gavel

 

 

Monday at 6:00 p.m.

During this group session, students will review the three components of the bar exam (MBE, essays, and performance tests) and discuss strategies for how to approach studying for the bar exam. Hope to see you there!  Coaching Scheduler


 

IRAC group session icon picture of IRAC organizerWednesday at 11:00 a.m. 

Legal writing is a skill that you will continue to hone and master for the entirety of your legal career. In the IRAC small group session, you will have the opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the IRAC format and ensure that you’ve mastered the foundation on which all legal writing is based on. You will additionally have the opportunity to discuss the finer points of the IRAC format and receive answers to any outstanding questions you have related to IRAC.  Coaching Scheduler


Legal writing icon hand holding pen and writing

 

Friday at 2:00 p.m. 

An outline is the primary way students organize the cases they have briefed during the semester. Outlining, done correctly, can make it easier to study for legal exams, including the bar exam.  Coaching Scheduler


Objective Memo Writing icon picture of a book pen and paper

 

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 

This group session will focus on reinforcing students’ objective writing skills, with an emphasis on students’ objective memos for class. The skills that will be addressed in the sessions include writing an effective issue statement, succinct facts section, and organization of your analysis.  Coaching Scheduler


Persuasive Memo Writing picture of books, pen, and paper

 

Monday at 5:00 p.m. 

This group session will focus on reinforcing students’ persuasive writing skills, with an emphasis on students’ persuasive memos for class. The skills that will be addressed in the sessions include writing an effective introduction, writing persuasive facts, and building a persuasive analysis.  Coaching Scheduler

Academic Success Center Orientation group session iconFirst Monday of the Month at 3:00 p.m. 

You are invited to join an Academic Coach in a discussion about the tiered levels of service available in the Academic Success Center. The exploration will include an overview of the Academic Success Center (ASC) website, the scheduled coaching services, the Ask a Coach and ASC Chat service, and many of our other exciting resources. We look forward to getting to know you and answering your questions about how we can assist you in achieving your goals!  Coaching Scheduler


Exploring the Academic Success Center and Law Library Orientation ion

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Join us for a tour of the Academic Success Center (ASC) and Law Library, where you will learn what services are available to assist you with developing skills in legal writing and research.  The ASC and Library Law Resources Orientation is for law students who want to understand where to access resources for legal citations, writing, and research to provide you with the support you need to achieve your academic goals.  Coaching Scheduler


The Write Stuff: Tools for Research and Writing group sessionMonthly - April 22 at 4:00 p.m. 

This interactive session will provide you with an introduction to research and writing tools available within the Academic Success Center and the NCU Library. An ASC coach and NCU librarian will review content and resources geared toward academic success. Discover tools like Grammarly, RefWorks, SAGE Research Methods, and APA’s Academic Writer, and learn how to integrate them for efficient researching and effective writing. Whether you are a new or current student, you are encouraged to attend and bring questions.  Coaching Scheduler

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