Academic Support Services
Whether you have academic questions, such as what classes to take next semester or which major is right for you, or are facing difficulty - academic or otherwise - we are here to help.
Stonehill has a vast network of services available to help students meet the many academic, social, organizational and emotional demands of being a college student.
Offices & Centers
While not an exhaustive list, the offices below offer different resources for academic support:
The Office of Academic Services and Advising
Duffy 104, 508-565-1306
The Office of Disability Services
3rd Floor of the Library, 508-565-1208
The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement
3rd Floor of the Library, 508-565-1208
The Office of Career Services
The Kruse Center in Cushing-Martin, 508-565-1325
The Office of Intercultural Affairs
Duffy 149, 508-565-1409
The Counseling and Testing Center
The Chapel Building, 508-565-1331
Struggling in a Class?
Many good students have difficulty with certain courses - for one reason or another. If you are experiencing difficulty in a course, for any reason, the OAS&A recommends the following steps:
- Make an appointment with your instructor to discuss your status in the course and make a plan to improve your performance.
- Make an appointment with the OAS&A to discuss the best way to address your concerns and find the assistance you need to improve your performance. The OAS&A will help connect you with any of the appropriate resources above, and can work with you to strengthen learning skills such as: motivation; goal-setting; time management; note-taking; reading for information; selecting main ideas; test preparation; and anxiety reduction.
- Know the pro's, con's, and deadline (April 3), of a withdrawal option. You can discuss taking this route with an advisor in the OAS&A.
Academic Warning System for Faculty
If you would like the OAS&A to reach out to a student who is struggling in your course, please fill out the Academic Warning Form.
Courses & Programs for Academic Support
Academic Community Experience (ACE)
An intensive three-week summer program that prepares incoming, academically at-risk students for college life and study through actual coursework, writing support, and skill-building workshops.
Students take a full-credit Critical Encounters course in a small-seminar format, a linked writing practicum, and a variety of workshops to sharpen critical reading, note taking, time management, and other essential skills. Students will benefit from adjusting to the demands of college before the semester begins, and because they complete one of their general education requirements in ACE, students will have a lightened course load in the fall, which can also smooth the transition from high school to college. Because they make connections to faculty, staff, advisors, and future classmates during the program, ACE students hit the ground running with an established support network behind them. The ACE program is offered at no additional charge to accepted Stonehill students, but space is limited.
"Back on Track" Advising Program
A program that pairs students with an academic advisor in a series of one-on-one appointments in order to improve their academic confidence and performance.
In the "Back on Track" program, students meet with an academic advisor for regularly scheduled meetings to discuss strategies for improving their academic performance. Discussions will take place around the particular study skill(s) each individual student needs to master. This program is intended to be an academic survival kit for the remaining semesters at Stonehill College. Once the student puts the newly learned strategies into practice, they should see an improvement in their over all performance. This program is available to all students, and highly recommended for those on academic probation. Contact the OAS&A to make your first appointment.
APL 042, Application of Learning Theory
1 credit course offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters
The Cornell system of note-taking is taught along with individual learning style assessment, exam strategies and the SQ3R method of text book reading. Learn how to break up large tasks and complex ideas into small understandable parts. Strategies have shown to produce significant improvements in GPA. Students can register through myHill during add/drop.
WRI 141, First-Year Writing Seminar
3 credit course offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters
This workshop is designed for students who wish to practice and develop the essential skills of writing, critical reading, and textual analysis at the college level. Instructors provide extensive feedback on assignments, helping students to gain more confidence with grammar, sentence structure, and the writing process as a whole. Students will be placed in WRI 141.