Resources for Academic Assistance

It is our desire that you do well in all your classes and have a positive academic experience at EMU. You will be likely to find your professors much more approachable, accessible and informal than you have experienced prior to this time. They are here to help you learn the material and most will do anything they can to assist you in that process. However, it is your responsibility to approach the professor and let him/her know when you are having difficulty in the class. They cannot help you if you do not let them know that you need help.

EMU’s academic support center (ASC) offers individual tutoring in specific courses, instruction in study skills, time management, test taking skills, reading and comprehension skills, writing skills and basic math and vocabulary development. The ASC is located on the ground floor of Roselawn residence hall and is open 8 a.m.4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may drop in or make appointments (ext. 4254). All services are free. The ASC has assisted many students with both minor and major academic difficulties. It is to your benefits to take advantage of their service.

The staff at EMU’s Hartzler Library is always interested in helping you succeed. Please free to approach them for assistance in locating books or periodicals, finding research sources, and using library facilities. If the EMU library does not have a book or article that you would like to review, it is very likely that they will be able to obtain it on loan from another library. Just make sure that you are doing your research early enough so the library has enough time to make the request on your behalf. (And if you are completing your assignment the night before it is due, do not be upset when our library cannot produce the exact items you need!)

You are also encouraged to come to the office of international student services if you are having academic difficulty. The ISA may be able to help you approach the professor, access the Academic Support Center, or refer you to another source of assistance. The important thing is that you ask for help at the first indication that you are in trouble.

Do not wait until the end of the semester to tell someone you need help with a course! In addition to the academic need to perform well in your classes, you are required to continue to advance steadily in your education endeavors in order to remain in status with the USCIS. Therefore, it is extremely important that you ask for help when you need it and try to accept assistance without embarrassment.