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Academic Learning and Teaching Center :: ALT Center

The theory and practice of learning comes together in the Academic Learning and Teaching (ALT) Center.  Our goal is to help all student become more independent and successful life-long learners.  Learning support is provided in three distinct ways:

  • For students in key academic areas such as writing, math, and other subjects.
  • Academic enrichment in areas such as study skills, time management, digital fluency, and test taking strategies.
  • Improving teaching to enhance learning through an increased understanding of the learning process.

Visit or Contact Us

Location: Rasmussen 205
Phone: 515-263-2855
Email: alt@grandview.edu

Meet the Staff

Cathy Brent
Director, Student Success and Academic Learning and Teaching Center
Office: Rasmussen 206
Dr. Bobbi Olson
Director, Writing Center
Office: Jensen 103
Diane Hintzsche
Director, Math Support
Office: Jensen 215
Dr. Mark Daly
Director, International Studies
Office: Humphrey 28W


Dr. Kevin Gannon
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Office: Rasmussen 209
Dr. Karly Good
Senior Educational Technologist, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Office: Rasmussen 207


Academic Support

Time Management

Students can work to establish a healthier lifestyle, develop a personal plan of action for managing time more effectively to get the most out of recreation, work and relationships.

Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies

Students can improve test-taking skills and grades,  learn different strategies for maximizing performance on different types of tests, and specific techniques for various content areas. Individual or group workshops can be scheduled.


Contact: Cathy Brent, 515-263-2860, cbrent@grandview.edu

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

What We Do

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning exists to support Grand View’s commitment to engage, equip, and empower our students and provide an outstanding educational experience through faculty development. The Center honors this commitment by fostering a culture that practices, values and celebrates outstanding teaching. The Center’s programs and services are available to all members of Grand View’s teaching community involved in the instructional process.  We promote teaching and learning as a visible, ongoing, and collaborative process of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection.


Contact: Kevin Gannon, 515-263-6102, kgannon@grandview.edu or Karly Good, 515-263-2831, kgood@grandview.edu.

English as a Second Language (ESL/ELL)

What We Do

Grand View offers free English Language Learner tutoring through the Academic Learning and Center. Our trained ELL tutor assists students at a "Tutor Table," open for 1 to 5 students at a time, and also through one-on-one sessions.  ESL courses are available through various organizations in the greater Des Moines community for students who may need more foundational classes.


Contact: Mark Daly, 515-263-6178, mdaly@grandview.edu

Math Lab

What We Do

Struggling with freshman, sophomore, and selected upper level math courses? Drop into the Math Lab! Professional and peer tutors provide individual instruction for all students. Students may seek assistance on their own or be referred by faculty members or advisors. Computers are available for additional practice and combine with alternative instruction to balance the traditional classroom learning environment.

Math Lab Hours (Fall and Spring semesters only)

The times shown are when a math tutor will be available. The computers may be available during other times also.

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Contact: Diane Hintzsche, 515-263-2923, dhintzsche@grandview.edu.


Need a Tutor?

  • Peer tutors are available to provide extra assistance in specific courses. These services are free and available to all students.
  • Current students can find when tutors are available on the Tutoring Center myView site.
  • If a tutor is not available for you, please fill out this for to help you get a tutor.

Be a Tutor

Looking for a job as a tutor?  Fill out the Tutor Application Form.


Contact: Cathy Brent, 515-263-2850, cbrent@grandview.edu

Writing Center

What We Do

The primary objective of the Writing Center is to talk with writers at any stage of the writing process in a welcoming environment.  Students may be referred by their instructors or may schedule themselves, and walk-ins are welcome!

Writing Center Hours
(Fall and Spring semesters only)

Sunday: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Writing Center Services

Drop-In Writing Tutorials: These tutorials are offered on a drop-in basis in the Writing Center and last for 30 minutes.  During these tutorials, tutors can talk with you about any aspect of your writing assignment for any course offered at Grand View.  In a 30-minute tutorial, expect to go over 4-5 pages of writing with your tutor.

Scheduled Writing Tutorials:  Make an appointment online or by phone at 515-263-2855. 

Workshops: The Writing Center offers workshops for students and faculty.  Workshops will be advertised with plenty of advance notice.  You can enroll in a workshop through email at writingcenter@grandview.edu or by phone at 515-263-2855. 

Resources: Handouts of quick references to various aspects of the writing process are available in the Writing Center.

Evidence of your visit for your instructor: Our tutors can provide evidence of your tutorial for your instructor.

What to Expect During A Visit

As you enter, check in with a tutor.  A session may be in progress, so please try not to interrupt. Computers are available for you to use before and/or after your session.

A peer tutor will greet you and ask you to sign in. Your tutor will ask you about your course, the assignment, your progress, and about the concerns that brought you to the Writing Center.

Strategies may include: reading your paper out loud; outlining your main ideas; discussing relevant aspects of your draft or paper topic; and reviewing available resources to help answer a specific question.

Suggestions for an Effective Writing Center Tutorial 

  • Try to come in for help at least two days before the paper is due.
  • If possible, bring your assignment sheet with you.
  • Each session lasts about 30 minutes.
  • Expect to go over one paper at a time. If you have more than one paper, allow time to make additional visits to the Writing Center.
  • Be physically and mentally present during the entire session. Because a tutorial session is a conversation about your writing, tutors will need your input as much as you need theirs.


Contact: Dr. Bobbi Olson, 515-263-6167, bolson@grandview.edu.