Student Achievement Program

The Student Achievement Program (SAP) is a fee-for-service academic support program dedicated to helping students develop essential skills and strategies for successful transition into all areas of college life. Students who join the SAP program have an assigned learning specialist who works with them one-on-one and in small groups to build on strengths, identify strategies, and establish a clear pathway to achievement in their major field of study. Students can choose to meet with their learning specialist for either one, two, or three hours per week to work on developing skills such as: time management and organization, study skills, memory and concentration, self-advocacy, social skills, career preparation, and reading and writing strategies.  In addition to one-on-meetings with their learning specialist each week, students are encouraged to attend our daily open study hours and to attend SAP’s academic strategy workshops offered before midterm and final exams (see workshop titles below).


Goals of the Student Achievement Program

  • To help students identify strengths and challenges in both their academic and personal life.
  • To increase awareness of strategies, skills, and technologies for application in and out of the classroom.
  • To create a positive learning environment through active networking and communication amongst students, staff, and faculty.
  • To help students build self-determination and self-esteem.

Academic Workshops

Workshops will help develop time management skills, reading and writing skills, test-taking strategies, and much more.

Some of the workshop titles include:

Take charge of your academic success

Learn strategies that will maximize your study time, such as reading comprehension and note taking skills, as well as understanding your syllabus and professor expectations.

Crack the textbook code

Improve retention with strategies such as SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite/Write, Review) and other approaches to further develop your textbook reading skills.

Note-taking skills

Work smarter, not harder. Become an effective note-taker with the skills discussed in this workshop.

Elevate your writing

How to prepare for a paper! How to turn in university-level research papers and essays your instructors want to read.

Who Can Enroll?

The Student Achievement Program is open to any Mount Ida College student who is interested in working with a Learning Specialist to meet his/her academic and personal goals.
Enrollment Form

How Can Students Enroll?

Students interested in participating should contact Kristine Fringer at or 617- 928-4655 and complete the Student Achievement Program Enrollment form found online here.

Student Achievement Program fees:

The annual fees for participating in the Student Achievement Program cover the costs of private academic coaching sessions with an on-campus learning specialist. These fees are in addition to tuition, room and board and/or course fees.  The fees for the academic year 2016-2017 are as follows:

  •  One session per week, $2,300 for academic year
  •  Two sessions per week, $4,600 for academic year
  • Three sessions per week, $6,900 for academic year

A supportive campus community

Mount Ida College actively supports a friendly, diverse community of college students. Here in Newton, Massachusetts, (not far from Boston), you can enjoy all the advantages of a private college experience. Our engaged and attentive professors and academic support programs make Mount Ida College a transformational place.

For more information about the Student Achievement Program contact Kristine Fringer at 617 928 4655, or