The Academic Support Center (ASC) offers an array of services designed to strengthen students’ skills and abilities in areas critical to college success. Services include peer tutoring in writing in all content areas, foreign languages (Spanish and French), help with study skills, oral communications/presentations, critical reading and thinking, and a calculator lending service. Also, the ASC conducts on-site/in-class workshops for students on academically-related topics and refers students to specialized tutoring that may be available in other departments.
Schedule a tutoring session either by calling 202.274.5938, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting the Center. Walk-in tutorials are for up to 30 minutes; for longer tutorials, please schedule an appointment. Students should come no less than two days before the assignment is due with the professor’s instructions, the assigned text, the syllabus, and a hard/electronic draft of the assignment.
Borrow a calculator: Students may borrow TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus Graphing calculators by visiting the ASC and completing a contract to use the calculator during the semester. Students commit to paying the replacement cost for unreturned calculators.
Attend a workshop: See the fall or spring workshop schedule and register online.
Schedule a workshop. Faculty members may schedule an in-class workshop on a variety of critical areas including writing, reading, citations, and study skills. Please complete the Faculty and Staff Request for Academic Support Center Services.
Obtain writing or learning resources by visiting the Academic Support Center for APA/MLA/Chicago style and citation guides, academic success brochures, workshop presentations, and other resources. Also see our free online resources links.
Tips for Academic Success
- Attend every class. Listen and participate actively.
- Keep your syllabus handy for each class and refer to it weekly. It is your guide for the entire semester. Note due dates for exams, papers, and projects on a semester calendar.
- Familiarize yourself with campus resources. The Learning Resources Division, Academic Advising Center, Academic Support Center, and Career & Professional Development Center are resources that you should use regularly.
- Set short-term and long-term goals for your academic journey, career, and life. Meet with you academic advisor for help defining your goals
- Use your goals to set priorities in your life and manage your time.
- Get to know your professors.
- Develop successful strategies for reading textbooks, taking notes, and studying for exams.
- Continually improve your writing skills, regardless of your major. Visit the Academic Support Center for tutoring, and attend writing improvement workshops.
- Stay healthy and reduce stress. Sleep 6 to 8 hours every night, eat well, exercise regularly—and remember to have fun.
- Ask for help when you need it. Recognize your challenges and seek support before you have a major problem. Don’t wait until the last minute!