Center for Academic Learning Support    

We strive to increase awareness of campus resources, foster community formation and student belonging, develop skills to build and reach personal and academic goals, contribute to a diverse and inclusive climate, and build major commitment and marketable skills. We support high impact learning opportunities by integrating students’ holistic academic careers into a purposeful academic journey. Vital aspects of this effort include fostering development through academic communities, coaching navigation skills and learning behaviors for an ever-evolving learning environment, and providing individualized student solutions.

Learn more by viewing our full Vision, Commitment, Mission, and Goals or watching this brief introductory video.

Contact Us    

Locations & Contact

CALS programs and staff are available across two locations on campus, so you are never far from support! You can find us at:

>> E-mail us at cals@tamug.edu

Jack K. Williams Library

Building 3010
(409) 740-4560
Hours: 
Monday-Thursday: 7 am-3 am
Friday: 7 am-10 pm
Saturday: 10 am-8 pm
Sunday: 10 am-3 am

Seibel Learning Center suite

MAIN second floor
(409) 741-4343
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am-4pm

>> Campus map

Schedule Appointments

All CALS services are scheduled via Navigate. You can utilize the resources below to schedule Advising, Coaching, Course Support, Guided Group Study, Peer Mentorship, Writing Support, The Studio, and more!

>> Navigate

>> How to schedule guide

>> How to schedule video

AskAgs Help Desk

General drop-in assistance is available to you via Zoom at the AskAgs Help Desk! We can assist you in finding information and connecting to resources across campus. If you do not have Zoom capabilities, you can call into the virtual help desk at 877.853.5247 with meeting ID 645-791-400.

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm

>> Access the AskAgs Help Desk via Zoom

>> Set up a TAMU Zoom Pro account

Programs and Services    

Academic Advising
Academic Advising

We serve as the source of academic advising for all first year students. Our goal is to give students the tools and guidance to take ownership of their education and drive towards their goals.

>> Learn more about CALS Advising

>> Resources for Fall 2020 First Year Advising

>> Learn more about campus-wide Advising

>> E-mail us at advising@tamug.edu

Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching

The Academic Coaching program is an amazing resource for students who could benefit from additional support in developing critical academic skills. With elements including goal setting, time management, study skills, and strengths development, our professional academic coaches assist each participant in building the skills that will benefit them.

>> Learn more about Academic Coaching

>> Register for a Coaching Workshop

>> Make a Coaching referral

>> E-mail us at coaching@tamug.edu

Course Support
Course Support

Course Support is for students who are working to be the best in their field, reach for a higher GPA, and better understand course concepts. Each session gives students individualized attention that they don't get in a crowded classroom, identifies a person's learning style, and improves understanding of difficult course material. Peer Learning Consultants offer 30 minute sessions throughout the week for students to reserve as needed to ask specific questions about difficult course concepts and/or assigned homework problems. Sessions are available in 1-On-1 and Small Group formats to student learning. 

>> Learn more about Course Support

>> Courses Supported

Faculty Resources
Faculty Resources
F1RST Program
F1RST Program

The mission of the F1RST Program is to serve Texas resident, First Generation, incoming freshman students in the transition to the university by offering research-based, multilevel support to address their unique challenges.

>> Learn More about the F1RST Program

Galveston Gateway
Galveston Gateway

The Galveston Gateway Program helps incoming students become fully prepared for their academic program. Students admitted to the Galveston Gateway program come to campus for the Summer II term and complete preparatory coursework before fully entering the University.

>> Learn More about the Galveston Gateway Program

General Academics Program
General Academics Program

The General Academics major serves as a stepping stone for students who hope to move into a new program of study. Continuing students can apply to enter the General Academics major for up to two terms while they complete requirements to move into their major of choice.

>> Learn More about the General Academics Program

>> Apply to General Academics

Guided Group Study
Guided Group Study

Students can attend these interactive group study sessions that have been designed by our Supplemental Instructors to reinforce course content in a fun and relaxed environment. These sessions provide the opportunity to meet other students in your class and form your own study group.

>> Learn more about Guided Group Study

Hullabaloo U
Hullabaloo U

Hullabaloo U helps first year students succeed in college. Through first year experience courses, holistic programs, and timely communications, we support the academic and social transition.

>> Learn more about Hullabaloo U

Information Literacy
Information Literacy

Information Literacy is a set of abilities that require individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information.

>> Learn more about Information Literacy

>> Info Lit Class Profiles

Math Placement Exam
Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam is a free multiple-choice examination used to assess a student’s math skills. It is an important tool to help determine which mathematics course you should take.

>> https://www.tamug.edu/slc/testing/mpe.html

The Studio
The Studio

The Studio offers an exploratory space for visual and oral communication with student-led support in 1-on-1 sessions, in-class presentations, and workshops for presentation practice, video production, audio recording targeting communication and presentation needs for all students, staff, and faculty. Services include equipment checkout, dedicated audio room, individual and group editing stations, lightboard, green screen, interview station, presentation station, lighting, audio mixing boards, and microphones. The Studio encourages discovery of visual mediums by hosting Adobe Creative Suite software along with additional audio, video, graphic, and story boarding software. Projects are supported by Video and Speech Consultants whom assist in the creation and use of media for students and faculty and development of public speaking skills.

>> Learn more about The Studio

TSI & Developmental Education
TSI & Developmental Education

If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless you are already exempt — to determine your readiness for college-level work. If you are not TSI prepared, don't worry! We will support you through co-enrollment in development education coursework.

>> Learn more about TSI

Writing Support
Writing Support

We believe writing is a valuable life-long skill and strive to help undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. We do more than merely proofread; we teach you strategies & techniques to improve your writing for academic growth, career success, and lifelong learning.

>> Learn more about the Writing Lab

CALS Staff & Faculty    

Amy Caton 

Amy Caton

Associate Director
catona@tamug.edu

 

John Majdi

John Majdi

Program Coordinator I
majdij@tamug.edu

 

Lisa Stewart

Lisa Stewart

Director
stewartl@tamug.edu 

 
Brandon Chapman 

Brandon Chapman

Program Manager
bchapman@tamug.edu

 

 Krista McBrien

Krista McBrien

Program Coordinator I
kmcbrien@tamug.edu

 

Michael SweeneyMichael Sweeney

Business Administrator
sweeneym@tamug.edu

Barbara Dover

Barbara Dover

Academic Advisor III
doverb@tamug.edu

 

Laurissa Noack

Laurissa Noack

Assistant Director
noackl@tamug.edu

 

Amanda Yanas

Amanda Yanas

Academic Advisor II
yanasa@tamug.edu