The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers programs to promote independent, life-long learning for all students of Goshen College. Located in the Good Library (Rooms 111 – 113).
- “Launch to Success” College Prep Program
- Writing Center
- Peer Tutoring Program
- Assistance improving organizational & time management skills
- Access services for students with documented disabilities
Please request interpreting at least one week in advance
Carol Shetler Writing Support Coordinator
Kelsey McLane Technology Support for Students with Disabilities
Writing Support is available in-person and online every day except Saturday. Writing Support Coordinator Carol Shetler is available to work with you online over the lunch hour (12-1 p.m.) on weekdays, and peer writing mentors are available in the evening. Our versatile library staff are also skilled writing mentors who offer writing support at the ASK desk or online. Just drop by either in person or online.
Questions about writing support? Contact Judy Weaver (574-535-7560)
Try these links for some excellent writing resources:
- Purdue University Owl Writing Lab
- Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
- Goshen College Good Library Citation Guide
- Research KickStarter
- Assignment Calculator
Peer Tutoring Program
Tutoring Appointments – 50-minute sessions
The Peer Tutoring Program offers individual tutoring and peer-tutored study groups for undergraduate students. Please make appointments at least one hour in advance. When you make an appointment, you will see the location to meet your tutor.
Tutoring works, especially if you go early and often. Of students who attended 5 or more tutoring sessions last year, 95% passed their courses, most with a grade of C or higher.
If you can’t get an appointment for the class you want, or if you have any other tutoring questions, contact Judy Weaver in the ASC.
Organization and time management
We offer assistance with organization and time management skills. For an individual consultation or more information, stop by the ASC or contact Judy Weaver
Would you like someone to check in with you weekly, to help you stay focused and on track with your studies? Request an Accountability Partner.
Try these organizing resources:
For a sense of your whole semester, print a copy of our handy academic planning calendar – the whole semester (or May Term) on one page! Fill in all your biggest exams and due dates, and post it by your work space.
Next, think about your weekly time blocks. Use one of the organizers below to graph out your class times, meals, work hours, regular meetings, etc. Then look at the time you have left. Plan your study blocks, allowing 2-3 hours of study outside of class for every hour in class. This should also be posted on a wall or carried with you, until it becomes habit. Lastly, think about a daily to-do list, on which you will capture assignments and prioritize. Some people use planners, sticky-notes or a small pad of paper they carry everywhere. Some people use the calendar, task list or notes on their phones. Others keep a running list on a white board in their room. It must be a format you will look at and update daily. Experiment and find what works for you!
When the list is long or overwhelming, prioritize. One way to think about it is to Eat the Frog.
ABC task list This is a daily t0-do list that helps you prioritize. Commit to doing the “A”s (the frogs) first.
A planner or to-do list is no good if you never look at it. Develop the habit of a regular time every day to make your to-do list. For some people it’s first thing in the morning. For others it’s the end of the day. Check your planner or calendar, look at Moodle, check email. Make sure you’ve got everything. Then plan out tomorrow. Prioritize what you really need to do and think about when and where you will do those things, and write it down. Remind yourself to do this with an alarm on your phone. To develop habits like this, or end bad habits, use this 30-day commitment form – posted somewhere very visible.
As you plan each day, consider when and how are you doing to study.
Keep your focus with the Pomodoro Technique.
For tips and strategies about time management and study skills, a helpful web page is: www.howtostudy.org
Services for students with disabilities
To be eligible to receive accommodations, a student must provide an educational evaluation completed by a licensed professional, usually within the last three years. This documentation will be kept on file in the Academic Success Center office. The ASC provides a variety of services to students with documented learning disabilities. Read more about disability services.