Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM)
Student Success Center, Level 2
(816) 235-1174
Fax: (816) 235-5156

Director: Marion E. Stone, Ph.D. contact information

The mission of Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) is to promote educational access, retention, and academic excellence for students of all ages throughout our campus, our community, and the world.

Services offered by ASM include the following:

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. The SI program targets traditionally difficult academic courses and provides peer facilitated, regularly scheduled, out-of-class, voluntary review sessions. The SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. This free form of academic assistance is attached directly to selected courses; however, the generalized skills learned in SI are transferable to other coursework. Research has demonstrated that participation in SI improves grades and reduces unsuccessful course attempts. SI services are announced at the beginning of each semester by the course professor and SI leader. Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a mandatory form of SI in which students enroll in sessions when they register for their classes. Students are not charged for the sessions.

This program was developed at UMKC in 1973 and is used in hundreds of colleges and universities around the world. The International Center for Supplemental Instruction (housed within ASM) conducts training workshops and provides on-site training to other institutions.  For more information about SI, please visit our website or call 816-235-6708.

Math and Science Tutoring

Math and Science Tutoring (MaST) is dedicated to providing individual attention to math and science students in order to help students be more successful in challenging subjects. MaST is staffed by trained part-time tutors who offer assistance to UMKC students at no cost. Help is offered on a walk-in basis, by appointment, or online; students may work individually or in small groups with tutors. Textbooks are available. Math courses covered include:

MATH 100Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 110College Algebra3
MATH 116Mathematics For Liberal Arts3
MATH 120Precalculus5
MATH 125Trigonometry2
MATH 130Mathematics for Teachers: Number Systems3
MATH 140Mathematics for Teachers: Elementary Geometry3
MATH 206Brief Calculus And Matrix Algebra3
MATH 210Calculus I4
MATH 220Calculus II4
STAT 235Elementary Statistics3

Science courses covered include:

BIOLOGY 108General Biology I3
BIOLOGY 109General Biology II3
CHEM 211General Chemistry I4
CHEM 212RGeneral Chemistry II4
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II5

MaST is located on the third floor of the Miller Nichols Library.  For more information about MaST, please visit our website or call 816-235-5557.

English Tutoring

English Tutoring supplements the services of The Writing Studio and provides support for students at every level.  Some of the services include editing, reinforcement of grammar, composition, punctuation, and spelling skills.  Free assistance is available by appointment or online.  Call ASM (816) 235-1174 to arrange assistance.

Reading Enhancement

Reading Enhancement provides students opportunities to bolster their higher level reading skills in order to be more successful at the university level.  Services include assessment, assistance with vocabulary and comprehension, organization of reading assignments, and managing complex reading coursework.  This free help is available by appointment and in workshop format.  For more information about the Reading Enhancement Program, please visit our website, or call 816-235-1178.

Individual Academic Strategy Sessions

Individual Academic Strategy Sessions provide students the opportunity to meet individually with a professional learning specialist to learn organizational, note taking, and study skills; time management; test taking tips; and other helpful strategies to aid them in being more successful at the university level.  These free sessions are held in the Student Success Center and are available by appointment or on a drop-in basis.  Call ASM (816) 235-1174 for more information.

Academic Success Workshops

Academic Success Workshops are 50-minute sessions held throughout the year that focus on topics such as Using Your UMKC Resources, How to Succeed in College, Studying for Finals, etc.  These free workshops are offered on a drop-in basis in the Student Success Center.  The schedule of workshops can be found on our website and will be advertised on the TVs found across campus.

Jumpstart AmeriCorps

Jumpstart joins together dedicated college students, called Corps members, and preschool children from low-income communities.  Jumpstart AmeriCorps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive professional-caliber training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and become stronger citizens. Upon completion of a term of service with Jumpstart, college students receive a $1,200+ Education Award from AmeriCorps.  Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. For more information about Jumpstart, please visit our website at or Jumpstart’s national website at

Summer Bridge Scholars

The UMKC Summer Bridge Scholars program offers a unique opportunity to incoming first-year students to help them transition more smoothly from high school to college, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a peek into life at UMKC and in the Kansas City community. This scholarship opportunity can help provide a strong start to the first year at UMKC. For more information about the UMKC Summer Bridge Scholars program, please visit our website at or call 816-235-1178.