Students have a place to turn when academics get rough

September 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Keeping afloat of life on a college campus can become overwhelming. Fortunately, Tulane University students can visit the Academic Success Center for guidance.

Tulane Academic Success Center

Appointments for the Tulane Academic Success Center now can be reserved online. (Image from the center’s website)

A recent merge with the Tulane tutoring center has expanded the center’s resources to include tutoring and writing support as well as assistance from peer educators and professional success coaches.

“Our professional success coaches are certified in life coaching and all have advanced degrees,” says Brittany Biancalana, success coach and manager of the center’s academic success resources. “We are here to discuss everything from classes, to scheduling, to Greek life.”

Along with the center’s revamped resources, it also has a new location. The center can be found on the first floor of the Science and Engineering Lab Complex Building in room 14.

Appointment-making also has been streamlined. Students can visit the center’s website to schedule time with a tutor and learn more about available services. Inquiries also may be directed to the center’s assistant director, Michele Oelking, at 504-314-2216.

While it is most effective for tutoring and coaching to begin at the start of the semester, some students find midway that they need more help than they’d first believed. To accommodate those students, the center has implemented Academic Recharge, which offers support to students who need help in the midst of the semester, but who did not apply to the center at the start of the year. Academic Recharge begins Monday, Sept. 30.

“We are excited about Academic Recharge, because in the past we’ve had students contact us when all of our peer and professional coaches were booked,” says Biancalana. “We understand wanting to wait in case you may not need the assistance, but Recharge allows us to be ready whenever students realize they need help.”

The work of the Academic Success Center is made possible by the support of Tulane parents Peter and Hilary Blum.

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