Engineering and Health Sciences majors are not the only challenging majors at SMU, but they are certainly among the most challenging. The School of Engineering recommends that most first-year engineering students work regularly with A-LEC tutoring and learning skills resources; Pam McNulty, Director of SMU's Office of Pre-Health Advising, gives the same advice to first-year Health Sciences students. Many of these students were among the strongest students in their high school classes and intend to achieve similar results at SMU. They can—but making this happen is likely to take much more work and commitment. A-LEC resources can make a major difference to students working in these areas, and A-LEC tutoring is typically very strong in areas of most interest to first- and second-year engineering and pre-med students.
The A-LEC offers one section of HDEV 1110, Reading and Learning Strategies, targeted specifically to first-year pre-health students. In addition to covering the college-level learning strategies common to all HDEV 1110 courses, these sections focus on the special demands of the challenging science courses that begin the pre-health curriculum. The course is assisted by two A-LEC tutors, themselves outstanding senior pre-health students, who are available to share the strategies and insights that have worked best in their own experience. There is also special emphasis on developing the skills that allow students to derive maximum benefit from study groups.