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Academic Support on Campus

The chances are pretty solid that your college or university offers the following academic support services to help you be successful:

Free tutoring. Tutoring may be available on a walk-in basis or by appointment; one-on-one or in small groups; general or course-specific.

Writing centers. Need help organizing your thoughts for a paper? Don’t know how to cite sources? Never written a speech or a lab report? Most schools have writing tutors who can assist you with any step of the writing process.

Math centers. College math courses can be daunting, especially if it has been a while since you last cracked open a math book. General math tutoring as well as course-specific help may be available at your school.

Supplemental Instruction. Supplemental Instruction, or “SI” as it is commonly known, is a program designed to support students in notoriously difficult (but often required) courses. Led by students who have previously excelled in the class, you can join these regularly-scheduled, out-of-class review and study sessions to compare notes, discuss class readings, and learn how to study effectively.

Academic success workshops. Rather than spending endless hours on less effective studying, it would be much wiser to spend one hour attending a free workshop on study skills. Other common workshop topics include: critical thinking, time management, test-taking strategies, and how to access and use the different resources around campus.

21st Century Scholars resources. If you are a 21st Century Scholar, your campus may offer special services just for you, as well as social or volunteer opportunities with fellow Scholars.

And certainly don’t forget about building important relationships:

  • Whether your class is large or small, introduce yourself to your professors and their teaching assistants and visit them during their office hours.
  • Your academic advisor can help with much more than your schedule. And if your advisor cannot answer your question, he or she can certainly connect you with someone who can.