Academic Resources & Support
APSU offers several free resources to assist students with their studies.
Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center provides instruction and support that assists students with their academic success. The center’s peer tutoring and SLA workshop classrooms are in the Marks Building. The Writing Center is in the Woodward Library. For more information, call (931) 221-6550.
Peer tutoring provides support for most core undergraduate courses. Students may attend sessions on either a scheduled or walk-in basis, subject to available spaces. To guarantee space in a session each week, students should schedule tutoring sessions at www.apsu.edu/asc.
Online tutoring is available to undergraduate students through a partnership with the Academic Support Center and Distance Education through Tutor.com. Students access online tutoring through the “Resources” tab in D2L. This service provides 24/7 support for many undergraduate courses. Tutor.com does not provide writing assistance.
The Writing Center, located on the main floor of the Woodward Library, provides assistance with any paper for any class in any writing style. Students may receive assistance in person through either scheduled or walk-in sessions, subject to available spaces, or they may submit their papers for review by email at email@example.com.
Librarians help find information for completing papers, research and other assignments. Research assistance is available in person (appointments recommended), via online chat and email and over the phone. The library provides access to a wealth of print and electronic information via the library website. Students can log in to the library from any location with internet access.
Student instruction is a major focus of the library’s services that include LILT (an online, self-paced information literacy tutorial), library instruction classes and one-on-one instruction. The library has:
- a wireless network
- 24 laptops and MacBooks for use in the building
- 35 computers in the Library Instruction Room
- 108 computers in the Library Information Commons
Other services available are:
- free book checkout
- two group study rooms
- study space for approximately 400 people
- interlibrary loan
- self-service photocopiers
- microfilm/fiche copiers
- specialty collections
Starbucks, the Writing Center and a lactation room are also on the main floor of the library.
Structured Learning Assistance (SLA)
SLA provides structured support to students who enroll in supported courses. Students who enter the University with an academic deficiency will be advised into an SLA-supported course to address the deficiency while earning core course credit. Additionally, students have the option to enroll in SLA-supported sections of many challenging courses. SLA sections are supported with workshops and require that students meet five hours each week, three hours for classroom instruction and two hours for the SLA workshops.
Help a Gov
Help a Gov is a one-stop shop for questions regarding confirmation of classes, financial aid, housing and more located in the Ellington Building. Visit www.apsu.edu/enrollment-mgmt/help-a-gov for more information.
Academic Alert is a Web-based early alert system used to notify students of problems they may be having in class. Alerts are submitted by faculty members who are concerned a student is in academic jeopardy due to issues such as poor class attendance, tardiness, lack of participation, incomplete assignments and/or poor performance on quizzes and tests. Typical recommendations for enhancing the opportunity for academic success include tutoring, improvement of study, test taking and time management skills and/or personal counseling.
Full Spectrum Learning Autism Program
Full Spectrum Learning (FSL) is an APSU support program for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program is designed to promote retention and successful completion of a college degree. The program addresses the transition to college, academics, social and independence skills, and career readiness.
To qualify for the program, students must be admitted to the University and must be active in a full-time or part-time class schedule in fall or spring semesters. Students must apply for the FSL program and will be required to submit documentation of their ASD diagnosis to the Office of Disability Services as well as approve disclosure of their diagnosis to the FSL office. The Office of Disability Services can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a separate cost for FSL, however, all past and current program participants have worked closely with outside organizations to receive full funding throughout the program. To learn more about financial aid information, visit www.apsu.edu/full-spectrum-learning or call (931) 221-7543.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides services for students with physical, mental or learning disabilities. Their motto is “Moving Toward Independence,” and they promote self-reliance through education and self-improvement. ODS coordinates reasonable accommodations for registered students. The office serves as a liaison for students with areas across campus. To learn more, visit www.apsu.edu/disability or call (931) 221-6230. The office is in the Morgan University Center, Room 114.
- Alternative Format & Assistive Technology Orientation Programs: The alternative format program provides books and materials in an alternative format such as eText, Daisy, MP3, Braille, tactile graphics and more. The assistive technology program offers individual and group orientation to the various assistive technology software and devices available through ODS and APSU.
- Note-Taker Program: ODS utilizes volunteer student note-takers to fill note-taking requests in classes. Students can check their APSU email to see if a note-taker is needed in one of their classes and make a difference in the daily lives of students while earning up to 45 volunteer service hours in tandem with their academic course.
VetSuccess On Campus is a comprehensive program offering adjustment counseling, support services, career counseling, peer-to-peer mentoring and tutoring, employment assistance, and guidance on the full range of VA benefits and health services available. In a collaborative and cooperative effort, APSU and VA work together to develop highly innovative and targeted transitional programs, services and activities for veterans, military and family members to assist with their transition to college life and to maximize their opportunities for success, both educationally and occupationally. The VetSuccess counselor provides the support needed to improve the chances for success in academics, as well as long-term career goals. Contact (931) 221-6194 for more information.
TRiO SSS is a federally funded program to assist low-income, first-generation and/or disabled college students in making a connection with various campus resources. All TRiO services are free to eligible participants. Participants must meet eligibility requirements, and enrollment is limited. Applications are available in Ellington, Room 337 and at www.apsu.edu/sss. The program provides academic counseling and coaching, tutoring, technology and writing assistance and other student support services.