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Peer tutor, senior Shannon Collins helps sophomore Kimani Grey with schoolwork in the Academic Success Center (ASC) which is located in the Memorial Library. Erika Becerra | Campus Carrier

With late midterms and approaching finals coming down the pipeline, it is important to keep in mind the different resources available on campus that can help with studying, test anxiety, course-specific review sessions, paper revisions and the writing process. Located in Memorial Library, the Academic Success Center (ASC) and the Writing Center provide peer consultants with backgrounds in the course you are seeking help in.

While the ASC provides in-person consultants and ask sessions, a time where students can walk in and receive help on specific assignments or problems, their website also provides virtual resources that can be accessed from your dorm. The ASC’s site, berry.edu/asc, greets you with the department’s “Work smarter, not harder” slogan; the site then provides different ways to proactively reach academic success. 

Kinsey Farmer, coordinator of peer to peer programming, said the center updates the peer tutoring schedule every Friday along with the courses that are going to be offered during the ask sessions that take place Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.

“I think that students who utilize the ask-sessions are just resourceful, and it may not be a student who’s failing the class,” Farmer said. “It can be a student who’s making an A or even in that middle ground of B or C range, but it’s about being resourceful.”

Farmer emphasized that students can come in during the ask sessions and ask either one or two questions or a million; it does not matter. What matters is that students are receiving help. 

“Understanding simple concepts are really difficult for students that aren’t a faculty member that has a doctorate in it, and so the peer tutors are able to relate on a deeper level and kind of help guide that student in those things,” Farmer said.

The ASC also offers individual academic consultations and humanities consultations. The individual academic consultations allow one-on-one meetings with herself and either Calli O’Neil, interim coordinator for academic transitions, or Anna Sharpe, associate dean for student success, where the student will learn “how to college.”

The ASC offers help in many different subjects, from animal science, physics, calculus, history and English. Keep a look out on the ASC’s schedule which is located at berry.edu/asc because some tutoring sessions are only offered at certain times. Erika Becerra | Campus Carrier

While this may seem daunting, you will just receive help on learning skills with things like time management, studying and test-taking strategies. These are skills that students may need individual help on but cannot target in the ask sessions. 

The humanities consultations, appointment-based, offer help in areas like English and history classes during the Sunday through Thursday schedule from 5 to 7 p.m., so do not get down if you have a hard foundations professor; the ASC has you covered.  

When scrolling through their website, be sure to look at all of the resources available especially since sessions are available both in-person and online at different times. 

In addition to the ASC, the Writing Center has an abundance of useful resources to help prepare for any late spring midterms and looming finals.

“The Writing Center is a resource that is specifically designed to work with students on all stages of their writing process and for any assignment either for a class or outside of class that they might be working on,” director of the Writing Center Melissa Mullins said. 

The Writing Center is a resource available to students of all levels looking to better their writing in any discipline they pursue. According to Mullins, the supportive and talented staff are trained to help peers with every step of the writing process, from understanding prompts, brainstorming, defining ideas and directions, or even proofreading the finished product.

“I think, even just having another person to talk through your ideas with will often be so generative and help refine a student’s direction as they enter a project,” Mullins said.

Secondly, Mullins claims that the Writing Center is there for students from the moment they receive a writing prompt and attempt to figure out what it means – even getting the added courage to reach out for a professor’s clarification – to brainstorming and structural strategies. 

The peer consultants of the Writing Center are students trained to help with writing in all academic disciplines Berry offers. Mullins said that a peer, instead of a professor, may ease some students’ anxiety, knowing that their tutor easily understands their concerns.

“I have a fantastic, hardworking, compassionate, thoughtful, kind, talented group of students working with me, and I think that it’s really important that you know these writing consultants and their peers, so you know it’s not going to be like going in and meeting with your Professor,” Mullins said. 

Additionally, the Writing Center offers both synchronous and asynchronous sessions for student aid. While students can easily schedule an appointment or walk-in session, if they would rather get a paper critiqued asynchronously, they can submit the topic and work accomplished to the Writing Center’s website to be reviewed in less than 24 hours. 

Peer consultant Anna Van Kley, junior, sits at a table located in the Writing Center while helping out sophomore Madeleine Meyer. The Writing Center can be found on the second level of Memorial Library, appointments made either online or in person. Erika Becerra | Campus Carrier

Mullins said the Writing Center values their ability to work with students regardless of complex schedules and possible anxiety. Since writing can already be intimidating, the Center tries to create a comfortable environment for a vulnerable task.

“One of those ways that we tried to meet people where they are is that a lot of people suffer from anxiety, and walking into a physical space is a terrifying thought, or sometimes even going in and making an appointment,” Mullins said. “I love the idea that I could walk in and just have it happen, you know, as the mood strikes me. We just want to make sure that everybody, no matter where they are, their headspace and level of comfort, with certain kinds of activities that we can be there for everybody.” 

Mullin’s claims that the value of the Writing Center stems from the importance of writing itself. In every discipline, writing is a crucial method of communicating ideas and enlightens diversity in thought.  

“You can be an absolute superstar in your ability to do other things in your discipline, but if you can’t communicate those ideas, then you end up potentially undermining yourself,” Mullins said. “So, we want to make sure that everybody, from all disciplines, is able to communicate in a way that allows them to just illuminate they’re beautiful, wonderful ideas.” 

Mullins said that students can sign up for one-hour blocks through various methods, like QR codes found throughout the library that link to YouTube videos explaining the appointment process, as well as from Berry’s website under the academic resources tab. 

Furthermore, every student knows how daunting and stressful upcoming exams, essays and reports can be, but if you ever find yourself being swallowed by the Google and Quizlet void, we have provided resources that can be especially beneficial. 

Online resources:

Writing

  • Grammarly
  • Hemingway Editor

History

  • Library of Congress
  • New York Public Library

Art

  • Fontsinuse.com
  • Google Arts and Culture

Math 

  • Khan Academy 
  • Desmos

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