Academic support is all around
Western Washington University offers many services for students who need academic help.
Need help with study skills? Need a place to surround yourself with fellow math enthusiasts? Want an extra pair of eyes on that final essay? Western offers help with all of these needs.
Some of these services focus on new students, specifically helping them adapt to the college environment. This list suggests a few programs all students are encouraged to take advantage of:
The Academic Advising Center
Old Main 380 and www.wwu.edu/advising.
Provides professional and peer advisors who assist students in choosing a major or minor, select courses, plan for General University Requirements (GURs) and understand academic policies at Western. The Academic Advising Center strongly recommends that students meet with them at least once a quarter.
Student Outreach Services
Old Main 387 and www.wwu.edu/sos
Focuses on and provides professional academic advising to first-generation, multicultural and non-traditional students, as they make the transition to college life, through personalized academic coaching and peer mentoring to support student persistence and academic achievement.
The Writing Center
Wilson Library and library.wwu.edu/writingcenter
Offers students help at any point throughout the writing process, from picking a topic to providing another set of eyes on the final draft. They provide writing guides, advice on grammar and punctuation and strategies for taking tests.
The Tutoring Center
Wilson Library and www.wwu.edu/tutoring/
Drop-in tutoring for math and science GURs, such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, philosophy, economics, decision sciences, geology and organic chemistry. The center also offers presentations and individual appointments on effective time management skills and other academic success strategies. Tutor-facilitated study groups are available for selected chemistry, physics, math, and philosophy courses.
The Learning Commons
Wilson Library and library.wwu.edu/learning_commons
In addition to the Writing Center and the Tutoring Center, the Learning Commons includes services such as the Student Technology Center, the Teaching-Learning Academy and Research Consultation.
The Math Center
Bond Hall 211A and www.wwu.edu/mathcenter/
The undergraduate Math Fellows at the center provide tutoring in calculus, linear algebra, statistics and differential equations. There also are computers available for students who need to use math applications and a room dedicated to group projects.
Check with academic departments for more ideas on academic assistance such as tutors and study groups. And donít be shy about visiting professors during office hours. Finally, visit the Student Employment Center website, www.finaid.wwu.edu/studentjobs, for private tutors.