Academic Success Center is Hiring Tutors for Fall 2020

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is currently hiring peer tutors for the fall semester. If you are interested, please review the qualifications on the application by using the “Become a tutor” link on the ASC Website/ Tutoring. Tutors must have a 3.0 GPA and submit names of professors who would recommend them. No experience is necessary, but a desire to help your peers and be a positive role model is essential. STEM tutors are in the most demand! Please complete your application by May 15. Suzette Staal, coordinator of tutoring services, will review your  application and email follow-up steps.

The ASC wishes everyone a strong finish to this semester!

Do you need a tutor for your remote classes?

The Academic Success Center is still assigning tutors for most 100 & 200 level courses! The required information and expectation session is now embedded into our application- just indicate you still need it and you will be directed to the required info. We will accept applications until Monday, April 6. Please see the ASC website/ tutoring for information and to apply.

Help Sessions for many courses are also being offered remotely. Please check with your professors for current and accurate information. Math Lab has the same schedule and can be accessed through Google Hangouts Meet. The ASC website/group study opportunities has remote help session information as well as the links to the Math Lab and a few other Google Hangouts.

Academic coaches and study strategy help can still be requested as well. Please contact David James as for these services.

The ASC is still here for you! Please let us know how we can help! If you have questions or other academic support needs please email us at We pray you are all healthy and adjusting well to this new learning situation.

Now easier to apply for an ASC tutor!

The Academic Success Center (ASC) has made it easier to apply for a tutor! A tutoring information and expectations meeting is required only once a year. If you had a tutor Fall 2019, you can apply right on the ASC website. If you did not have a tutor Fall 2019, you will need to attend an information session (repeatedly offered: M at 12:15pm in VZN 276, T/TR at 11:15am in VZN 299) or contact our office to make an individual appointment with our staff.

The ASC has tutors for most 100 & 200 level courses. You can also make a one time appointment for almost anything study skills related: how to take notes, study for tests, read academic materials, etc.

The ASC is here to help you! All our services are FREE!

ASC Applications to get a tutor accepted Wednesday 1/15/20

The ASC will begin to take requests for tutors on Wednesday January 15, 2020. Please see the ASC website on how to apply for a tutor. If you had a tutor Fall 2019 you can fill out an online “returning tutee” request. If you did not have a tutor during the Fall 2019 semester you will have to attend an information session. You can either complete an application and set up an individual appointment at the ASC (VanZoeren 270) or attend a group information session. Group information sessions are offered:

Mondays at 12:15am in VanZoeren 276

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:15am in VanZoeren 299

Group sessions usually have a faster response rate and all further information will be delivered via email.

Please note we cannot guarantee placement and typically only supply tutors for 100 & 200 level courses but you are still encouraged to contact the ASC to make your request!

News From the ASC

Wednesday November 20, 2019 is the last day to apply for an ASC tutor. It’s not too late! Stop by the ASC to fill out an application or print, fill it out and stop by our office to set up an appointment to receive your tutoring information. You must drop off your application and set up your appointment by 5:00pm Wednesday 11/20/19.

Please join us Wednesday, November 20 for our De-Cram Your Exams workshop from 5:30- 6:30pm in Maas Conference. Feel free to bring over your dinner! If you can’t make the workshop you can make an appointment with as ASC staff member to get the information and worksheets.

The ASC is here to help! Please connect with us to see how we can partner with you for your academic success.

All our services are FREE!

Tutoring Slots are Filling up!

The ASC has been assigning a lot of tutors! Some courses are getting close to filling and wait lists will have to be started. If you are considering applying for a tutor we encourage you to do so soon! You can work with a tutor once or the entire semester! The best way to determine if you are interested in having a tutor is to attend an information session- and then applying is easy on line! The Information sessions to get a tutor are offered M/W at 12:00 & 12:30 in VZN 298 and T/TR at 11:00 & 11:30 BSC 004. Alternatively, you can stop by our office to set up an individual appointment. Check the ASC website for more information and helpful resources!

Interested in a Tutor?

The Academic Success Center (ASC) will begin accepting applications for tutors starting Wednesday September 4, 2019. If you are interested in applying for a tutor plan to attend a 15 minute information session. Only one session per year is required. You may also make an individual appointment by stopping by the ASC. 

Information sessions to get a tutor are offered:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays at 12:00 and 12:30 pm in VZN 298
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 & 11:30 am in BSC 004

Please see the ASC website for more information. 

Watch our blog for study tips and suggestions to help you be successful! We want you to have a great semester! Please stop by to see how we can help!

Are you procrastinating? Watch this video for inspiration!

Exams are looming! Projects are impending! Are you struggling to get motivated? Watch this video created by students from Indiana University Bloomington for some inspiration and encouragement! (It’s only 3 minutes so the ASC gives you permission to pause your studies to watch it!)

Beat Procrastination! Eat that Frog!

ASC Count Down to Final Exams

Proven Methods for Improved Final Exam Preparation and Focus
Based on a 2013 article by Shaniese Alston, Office of New Media of the State University of New York

  1. Say NO to cramming: Study in 20-50 minute increments and give yourself 5-10 minutes in between. By distributing learning over time versus cramming, you will typically gain more long-term retention of the material.
  2. Say YES to cardio: Research shows that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you opt to dance, jog, walk, bike or swim, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress.
  3. Eat superfoods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more filling than cereal) and that eating a balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables helps your brain hold steady.
  4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.
  5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.
  6. Avoid the all-nighter: According to a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days resulting in lower grades. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, you should review the toughest material immediately before going to bed the night prior to the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later.
  7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many students prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!
  8. MAXIMIZE practice-testing: You may have thought highlighting, re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again! A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.

Use these study tips to create and implement your own survival plan for finals week this semester. Need help or encouragement? Stop by the Academic Success Center in VanZoeren 261 for you own personalized study session.