Student Support

Many good students have difficulty with certain courses - for one reason or another. If you are experiencing difficulty in a particular course, or just need help balancing your academic commitments, the Office of Academic Services & Advising is available to help connect you to the resources you may need.  In these circumstances, we often recommend taking the following initial 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 OAS&A to discuss the best way to address your concerns and find the assistance you need. OAS&A will help connect you with the appropriate resources 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.
  • Visit the Center for Writing & Academic Achievement's (CWAA) webpage and book an appointment for tutoring. The CWAA offers peer tutoring in more than 25 subjects and writing assistance for any discipline or assignment, with a peer or a professional.
  • Assess what is going on outside the classroom. Your emotional and physical well-being has great bearing on your ability to succeed academically. More about counseling, health and wellness services
  • Know the pros, cons, and deadlines of a withdrawal option. You can discuss taking this route with an advisor in OAS&A.

Mid-Semester Assessments

Mid-semester assessments provide new students with an indication of their performance and the potential need for additional academic support at the mid-point of the semester. Beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, faculty are required to give each student an assessment by the midpoint of the semester. Mid-semester assessments are required for every course taken for credit and must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, representing the faculty member’s judgment regarding student performance up to the mid-point of the semester in three key areas: (1) attendance, (2) class participation, and (3) performance on any assessed course work (e.g., homework, quizzes, tests, presentations, etc.)."  Mid-Semester Assessments are required for all students regardless of current academic performance.  Details on the college policy and assessment rubric are available in the Hill Book. 

Personalized Academic Support

OAS&A offers professional Academic Coaching designed to support students currently on Academic Probation. It is an intentional advising program that is tailored to meet the needs of these academically at-risk students. Informed by a process of self reflection and assessment, this is a structured advising initiative that is intended to provide students with support and guidance that will be helpful in improving their academic standing.  This program is a partnership that requires meeting with an Academic Advisor in the Office of Academic Services and Advising once a week to review progress and discuss strategies for success. 

Applications of Learning Theory Course (APL 042)

The Applied Learning Theory class is a one-credit, study skills course designed for first-year students who are struggling with note-taking and exam preparation.  The course covers the Cornell system of note-taking taught along with individual learning style assessment, exam strategies and SQ3R method of textbook reading. Learn how to break up large tasks and complex ideas into small understandable parts.

Contact Information

Duffy Academic Center – 104

The Office of Academic Advising coordinates all of the College's resources to focus on and advocate for individual student success. The office provides students with information on academic programs, majors and minors, as well as aids students facing difficulties, academic or otherwise.