Academic Learning Services

Welcome to Academic Learning Services. On this page you will find general descriptions of our academic support services, including information specific to students as well as faculty and staff members.


Academic Learning Services works to inspire confidence, increase student competence, and create self-reflective learners in a friendly, welcoming environment through comprehensive programs designed to help students grow academically, personally, and professionally.

Through the development of independent learning skills, our services help students develop a deeper understanding of classroom concepts, reinforce integration of ideas between courses, and ultimately improve their chances of academic success.

Our Services

  • Peer Tutoring - A peer-to-peer tutoring service supporting core science and math courses.
  • Peer Mentoring - Upperclass students are matched with incoming students to ease their transition to ACPHS.
  • Science Assistance Center - A professional tutoring center dedicated to the math and science courses in the first two undergraduate years.
  • Academic and Study Skills Workshops and Consultations - For students seeking to better understand and strengthen their strategies for academic success.

Information for Faculty and Staff

How can a faculty member refer a student or advisee who might be struggling in their courses?

Ask whether the student has used resources such as faculty review sessions (if available), tutoring, or study groups, and if he or she is agreeable to seeking assistance.

Inform the student about the online tutoring sign-up service AskOnline. Help them make an appointment if necessary.

If the student would benefit from a consultation, provide contact information for the Director of Academic Learning Services (at the end of this page) and follow up with the director.

Or, call the director while the student is in the office to ensure the student follows through with the referral. It may also be appropriate to walk the student to the director’s office if they are upset, nervous, or unaware of the resource.

How can a faculty member arrange for a workshop on an academic strategy topic?

Academic skills and study strategies can enhance any course’s curriculum. The faculty member in cooperation with the director will determine the appropriate topic, format, and length of a workshop to meet the needs of a course.

Potential topics include:

  • Time management, procrastination, or motivation
  • Critical thinking skills and Bloom’ s taxonomy
  • Learning styles
  • The "scientific method" of studying
  • The study habits of highly effective learners
  • Hints for taking multiple choice exams
  • 10 things you should do with a returned exam
  • Note-taking skills and other classroom organizational techniques
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Going away for a conference and don’t want to cancel class? Consider planning for a substitute lecture from Academic Learning Services.

Information for Students

What if I’ve tried everything I can think of to study better, and it’s just not paying off?

Many of us take for granted our ability to learn until we’re put in new and challenging environments. If you’ve tried everything you can think of, or if learning has become a chore or struggle, it may be time to take a fresh, objective view of your study habits and strengths.

An appointment with Academic Learning Services can provide you with just such an objective view, as well as give you helpful hints and suggestions for improving your habits.

Make an appointment for a consultation today!

Contact Us

Julianne Messia
Director of Academic Learning Services