Academic Support Services

Are your grades suffering? Check out these services and take action!

Academic Counseling and Study Skills Improvement

    First Year Experience Course (PEAW 1300):

  • Take a for-credit course to learn survival skills for college and how to become a “master student.”
    Academic Success Center*: 569-3280 (v/tdd), 101 Speech

  • Study more effectively using study techniques and test-taking strategies that staff can teach you.
  • Take the for-credit course College Study Skills (READ 1310).
  • Improve your reading comprehension and speed. Sign up for College Reading (READ 0310) and Reading for Academic Content (READ 1311).
    Counseling and Career Planning Services: 569-3185, 417 Ross Hall

  • Work with a counselor who can assist you with study strategies and techniques.
  • Take the for-credit course Career Planning and Life Options (PEAW 1190) that will guide you in developing a career plan.
    The Speech & Hearing Clinic: 569-3155, 105 Speech Communication

  • Ask about study-related language therapy. For students with any kind of language, hearing or speech disorders, therapy can include improving your ability to study. If you have specific learning disabilities, strokes, or head injuries you may qualify.
    Academic Advising: 569-3386 (v/tdd), 406 Ross Hall

  • Talk to your advisor about selecting classes. Ask about repeated courses and academic clemency.

  • Contact information is usually on your syllabus, or call the department.
  • Seek out faculty for clarification. Visit them during office hours or make an appointment.


    Academic Success Center*: 569-3280 (v/tdd) 101 Speech

  • Get a tutor! Tutoring is free for students who are eligible.
    Office of Campus Life: 569-3308 (v/tdd), 216 Donaghey Student Center

  • Get a tutor! Staff will connect students with a qualified peer tutor. Students pay the tutors directly on a per-hour basis.
    Academic Departments:

  • Ask your professor or the department chair for advice on finding a student tutor.
  • You might also post a flier in the department to recruit a tutor.

Mathematics Assistance

The Math Lab: 371-7667, 600 Dickinson Hall, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Academic Success Center Math Lab*: 569-3280 (v/tdd), 115 Administration South

    Academic Success Center Math Prep Class*: 569-3280 (v/tdd), 115 Administration South

  • Take a pre-algebra class designed to bring your basic math skills up to speed and help you get ready for Elementary Algebra. Contact the office for information (it’s not in the schedule of classes).
    Disability Resource Center: 569-3143 (v/tdd), 103 Donaghey Student Center

  • Ask about course substitution/waiver based on a documented learning disability in math. Students are responsible for providing a current diagnostic evaluation.

Writing Skills

    The University Writing Center: Department of Rhetoric & Writing, 569-8343, 116 Student Union B

  • Confer with staff on how to improve your papers. While staff will not take over any stages of the writing from you, they will talk with you at any stage in the process. Their goal is to help you better understand how to improve your writing.
  • Get comfortable with computers. If you are inexperienced with computers, or are afraid to attempt to use them, learn to overcome this fear as well as how to use a variety of software.
  • Learn about computers adapted for people with disabilities available in the lab.
  • Use software, audio tapes, books, and handouts designed to help you improve your writing skills.
  • Take Composition Fundamentals Lab (RHET 1110) for one credit-hour.

Skills for Making Presentations

    Communication Skill Center: 569-8208 (v/tdd), 201 SPCH Building

  • Get assistance with organization, power point presentations, outlines, and other aspects of making presentations.


    Counseling and Career Planning Services: 569-3185 (v/tdd), 417 Ross Hall

  • Talk to a counselor and receive assistance in overcoming anxiety and personal problems. Stress can interfere with your ability to concentrate, sleep, retain information, or relax enough to think clearly during tests.
  • Get information from a counselor about services in the community if you need long-term assistance.

Direction and Motivation

    Counseling and Career Planning Services: 569-3185, 417 Ross Hall

  • Talk with a counselor who will assist you in choosing a career that matches your interests and skills. When you are unsure of your goals, it’s more difficult to focus on the day-to-day things you need to do in order to succeed in your courses.
  • Take the for-credit course Career Planning and Life Options (PEAW 1190) that will guide you in developing a career plan.

Disability-Related Access

    Disability Resource Center: 569-3143 (v/tdd), 103 Donaghey Student Center

  • Collaborate with staff to ensure you have equal access to the educational experience. Students with physical, visual, hearing, psychological, medical or learning disabilities may be eligible for accommodations, including extra time on exams, use of a tape recorder or note-taker, books in alternate format, adaptive technology, and other accommodations.
  • Use assistive technology located in a variety of locations: the student computer labs, various academic departmental labs, and Disability Resource Center.
  • Talk with staff about the process of requesting a course substitution/waiver (see Math Assistance). Course substitutions other than math may be possible for some students (e.g., foreign language for a student with a learning disability in language, visual arts for a student who is blind or has low vision, and music for a student who is deaf or hard of hearing).

* Academic Success Center serves students who demonstrate an academic need and who qualify under one of these groups:

  • students with disabilities
  • first generation college students (your parents didn’t graduate from college)
  • students with low income

Students must also be U.S. citizens or nationals. Contact the department to find out if you are eligible and if openings are available.