The QUEST Program (Quantitative Enrichment, Science and Technology for the 21st Century) is an academic support program created and maintained by Salem College faculty and staff in order to provide all Salem students with an extra outlet of educational support in fields which require quantitative and scientific thinking and technological skills.
Through the QUEST Program, all registered Salem college students have access to online resources and in-person peer tutoring opportunities. All services are free to all enrolled Salem College students. All QUEST tutors are trained by Academic Support staff and are recommended by the faculty who teach the supported courses.
If you are an undergraduate who needs help in just one of the supported courses or technologies, a post-baccalaureate or certificate program student looking for skill enrichment, or a graduate student preparing for licensure examinations, QUEST is available to help you. On the site, you will find a link to the Walk-In Tutoring Schedule, and find access to off-site information about standardized examinations that have quantitative components (such as PRAXIS II, GRE, GMAT, MCAT), links to sites that offer tutorials in pre-college quantitative skills, as well as materials created by Salem College faculty members.
Quantitative, scientific and technological skills are an integral part of the Salem Signature Program, but are also essential skills for success in the 21st Century. According to the 2010 Jobs Rated Almanac, seven of the ten best jobs involve extensive skills in these areas, as do 16 of the best 20 jobs rated by the annual publication. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, seventeen of the twenty occupations with the fastest projected growth in number of new jobs, through the year 2018, are deeply grounded in science, technology and quantitative skills. In fact, half of those twenty are in health-related fields.
No matter what your intended major at Salem is, the QUEST Program is here for you to help you boost those necessary skills and assist in preparing you for the future.
The QUEST Program supports first- and some second-year courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology, as well as discipline-specific statistics courses in Business Administration and Sociology. The QUEST Center also provides assistance with MS Office, Moodle, Google Drive, graphing calculators, and other technology tools such as SPSS, R, Stata, and Maple by request. The support that QUEST is able to provide for these courses/topics, is dependent on the availability of tutors.
If you need help, check the Walk-In Tutoring Schedule and come see us in SCIENCE 304. You can also just peruse the resources available and work at your own pace. Whatever works for you and your learning style is supported by QUEST.
QUEST tutors are your peers who have been recommended by the Salem College faculty and who have been trained by the Office of Academic Support staff. Each QUEST tutor has distinguished herself as an exemplary student and has demonstrated excellence in the course(s) that she is authorized to tutor.
To access the QUEST Program's resources, log in at my.salem.edu with your Salem login and password and click College Moodle. Select “QUEST Program” from the categories of courses and choose “The QUEST Program”. The first time you access the site, you will be asked to enter the enrollment key, which is QUEST (all capital letters). Navigating through the site will allow you to see many different topics, courses, and resources that are specifically chosen to help you succeed.
Please note that the QUEST Program does not offer walk-in tutoring during official College holidays, breaks, January Term or during summer sessions, but all resources on the Moodle site are available to enrolled Salem College students (undergraduate and graduate) twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, three hundred and sixty-five days per year.
Let the QUEST Program help you strive for success!