Located in the Good Library (Rooms 111 – 113), the Academic Success Center (ASC) offers programs to promote independent, life-long learning for all students of Goshen College:
- Writing Center & Writing Mentor Program
- Peer Tutoring Program
- Assistance improving organizational & time management skills
- Access services for students with documented disabilities
The ASC assists Goshen College students with documented learning disabilities by helping students advocate for themselves and by coordinating reasonable academic accommodations.
We also provide technological assistance for students with disabilities. In addition, the ASC refers students to local area resources for further evaluation and support.
Writing Center & Writing Mentor Program
Choose from 3 kinds of writing support:
1. Writing Guides by Appointment – 30-minute sessions
This is a great service for support at any stage of the writing process.
- 12-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday
- 8-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
- At the Writing Center
- You may sign up for more than one session. To be courteous to fellow students, we ask that you do not sign-up for more than two 30-minute sessions per day. All mentor appointments must be submitted at least 60-minutes prior to the requested meeting time.
- Make an appointment here.
2. Writing Mentors
If you want more personalized help, you can request a Writing Mentor for one hour per week. This is the service for you if you want a general writing tutor who will work with you on all of your writing assignments, as well as overall writing skills. Many students and their mentors develop warm working relationships and continue meeting for several semesters.
Fill out the online form to request a Writing Mentor.
3. Drop-in Writing Support
Drop-in writing support is available at the Reference Desk in the Library (with the big ASK sign over it). This is an especially great service if you need help with finding sources or with citations. Reference support is available 9-11 a.m., 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Questions about writing support? Contact Mitch Mitchell (574-535-7290)
Try these links for some excellent writing resources:
- Purdue University Owl Writing Lab
- Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
- Goshen College Good Library Citation Guide
Peer Tutoring Program
We all have challenging classes! The Peer Tutoring Program organizes peer-tutored study groups of five or fewer students who meet every week for one hour. These groups are available for GC courses only. Your professor may facilitate forming these study groups in your class. Each semester, groups meet for various subjects such as Spanish, history, chemistry, computer programming, economics, statistics, accounting and biology.
Tutoring works! Especially if you request it early. Of students who attended 5 or more tutoring sessions last year, 95% passed the course they requested tutoring for.
If you are looking for math tutoring, you should come to the Math Think Tank (Fall semester only). The Math Think Tank is free drop-in tutoring, available 6 days a week in the basement of the Library. No appointment necessary; just go: Monday and Friday, 10 – 10:50 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3:50 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, 8-10 p.m.
If you would like a tutor for any class, fill out the request a tutor form.
If you have already formed a study group, use this form: Group Sign-up for Peer-Tutored Study Groups. Send or bring the form to 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
Try these organizing resources
For a sense of your whole semester, print a copy of our handy academic planning calendar – the whole semester 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 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!
For tips and strategies about time management and study skills, a helpful webpage 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.