Campus Partner Resources
Thank you for your commitment to supporting Georgia Southern University students! Below, you will find information on our most requested resources and services. However, we are happy to consult with campus partners to further discuss support options and resources for students; please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Academic Success Center offer?
The Academic Success Center offers student-centered support programs and services including peer tutoring, peer mentoring, testing, success coaching, academic skill consultations and workshops, and oversees the execution of the Learning Support program. See below for specific details about Academic Success Center programs and services.
The Academic Success Center also welcomes collaborative opportunities such as the co-creation of student support materials, coordination of group tutoring sessions, presentation of specialty workshop topics, and more! To further discuss collaborating on support options and resources for students; please reach out to our team at email@example.com.
What is the difference between an Academic Advisor and an Academic Success Coach?
Academic Success Coaches help students develop holistic plans for success that encourage self-efficacy and personal agency. This is accomplished through a co-creative process between the Academic Success Coach and student; engagement includes ongoing one-on-one meetings, small group sessions, and the development of SMART goals.
Additionally, Academic Success Coaches are the university’s designated officials for the administration of Academic Intervention services and the development of Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs).
Academic Advisors serve as the primary point of contact for students as it pertains to their majors and associated programs of study. Academic Advisors recommend courses for students, provide them with Registration Access Numbers (RANs), and help to keep them informed of university policies and specific program requirements. Visit the Office of Advising webpage for more information about Academic Advising.
What is the role of an Educational Specialist?
Educational Specialists (Ed. Specialists) work in conjunction with Academic Advisors to support students enrolled in Learning Support courses, regardless of the student’s major. Ed. Specialists are responsible for the registration of this population of students to ensure state learning support requirements are met.
Additionally, Educational Specialists are the primary facilitators of the services involving academic skill development, including 1:1 consultations and workshops.
What is the difference between an Academic Skills Consultation and Academic Success Coaching?
Academic Skills Consultations are one-on-one sessions in which an Educational Program Specialist provides instruction and resources for developing a specific academic skill (e.g. Time Management, Study Skills).
Academic Success Coaches may provide similar information as one component of a larger comprehensive strategy for helping students succeed academically. Academic Success Coaching consists of ongoing support throughout the semester, whereas Consultations are one-time sessions about a particular topic.
Do students have to take the Accuplacer prior to adding classes to their schedule if they have an Accuplacer hold?
Yes, students must take the Accuplacer prior to registering for courses. “Must Take Accuplacer” holds should not be overridden. Students should contact Testing Services to schedule their exam.
How can a student obtain a study guide for the Legislative Exemption Exams?
Students can use this link to submit their requests; study guides will be added to students’ FOLIO accounts.
If a student has earned an associate’s degree or higher, can they take the Legislative Exemption exams?
Yes, students who have earned a degree can take the Legislative Exemption Exams to satisfy one or all the requirements.
Academic Success Center Programs and Services
Academic Success Coaching
Academic Success Coaches serve as the primary facilitator of academic coaching for students on academic intervention, or for students choosing to opt into services for additional accountability and support. Students collaborate with their Academic Success Coach to develop strategic goals for the semester, connect to additional campus resources, and receive support for overall academic success.
To learn more information about Success Coaching, including how to opt-in to the service, please visit our webpage.
Consultations and Workshops
Academic Skill Consultations
Academic skill consultations are a great way for students to meet with an Educational Specialist one-on-one to discuss an academic skill they want to further develop or refine. These can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Time Management
- Overcoming Challenges & Setbacks
- Effectively Utilizing Study Groups
- Improving Reading Strategies
- Communicating with Professors
- Succeeding with Tests
Academic Skill Workshops
The Academic Success Center also offers virtual and in-person workshop opportunities so students can continue enhancing their academic skill set. These workshops highlight solutions to common challenges such as test-taking skills, note-taking methods, strategies for reading comprehension, developing goals and a mindset for success, and time management.
To learn more information about consultations and workshops, please visit our webpage.
Learning Support Program
The Learning Support Program provides students with additional support to develop skills in reading, composition, and/or mathematics. Students are enrolled in the Learning Support Program based on placement test results according to Board of Regents and Georgia Southern University policies.
To learn more information about the Learning Support Program, please visit our webpage.
The Peer Mentor Program supports the academic and social growth of first and second-year students. Peer Mentors are academically successful upperclassmen pursuing various majors, and our team is passionate about walking alongside students as they transition to life at Georgia Southern.
Peer Mentors and Mentees meet weekly to discuss a variety of topics, including locating resources on campus, getting a handle on time management, sharing personal experiences and overcoming challenges, establishing positive habits, goal setting, getting plugged into campus life, and more! Our Peer Mentors help students navigate the academic environment and celebrate successes – big or small.
To learn more information about the Peer Mentor Program, including how to sign up for a Peer Mentor, please visit our webpage.
Academic Success Center has free tutoring available for Georgia Southern students virtually and in person. While tutoring is provided for a variety of courses, tutoring is not available in every single subject area. The Academic Success Center offers tutoring in core Math, Science, and Humanities courses.
To learn more information about Peer Tutoring, including hours of availability, please visit our webpage.
Testing Services offers centralized, efficient, and professional evaluation, preparation, and testing services to the Georgia Southern University campus community.
To learn more information about Testing Services, please visit our webpage.
Group Presentation Requests
We are pleased to offer Group Presentations for student organizations and class sections. We ask that presentation requests are submitted with at least two weeks’ notice. We will work with your group to help facilitate what you may be looking for.
To request a member of the Academic Success Center to present to your group (i.e. student organization or class), please complete this form.
Low Cost No Cost Resources
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Open Educational Resources are “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.”
Why Use Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
- OER’s have been shown to significantly reduce the financial burden on students
- OER’s allow faculty to customize their course materials to exactly fit their learning objectives and the needs of students
- OER’s allow students to contribute to the course materials by utilizing Open Pedagogy
- OER’s have been shown to reduce DFW rates and also to increase students’ number of credit hours taken
- OER’s allow faculty to increase Diversity and Inclusion in their course materials
- OER’s strengthen the pedagogical soundness of courses and have also been shown to increase student engagement
To access OER Resources, visit this site.
Last updated: 5/16/2022