Get Academic Support
Skidmore offers a number of academic support services which are available to all students.
As you plan your academic program at the College, keep in mind that the following
resources may be helpful to you.
"Remember, if you're not asking for help and taking advantage of academic support services, advising, study groups, and tutors, you're not being a smart student." -- from College Knowledge: 101 Tips for the College-Bound Student by David Schoem
Student Academic Services
- The Student Academic Services office (Starbuck Center; Tel. x8150) is the College's main office for students seeking a wide variety of services to promote academic achievement. As part of the college's commitment to academic excellence, the office serves all students interested in improving their academic performance, attending graduate school, or working as a tutor on campus. The office organizes peer tutoring and study groups, and offers one-on-one or small group academic support. Student Academic Services also offers support to students who receive Unsatisfactory Work Notices. The office works on a variety of issues with international students, students of color, and athletes. Student Academic Services sponsors workshops and provides assistance to students submitting applications for specialized post-graduation scholarships. The office also provides English as a Second Language (ESL) support and works with students with disabilities.
- Peer Tutors – SAS hires students recommended by faculty to provide one-on-one tutoring with students in specific courses. Peer tutors are available for course work in all disciplines. Students request a tutor in the SAS office. There is no fee for tutoring services.
- Disability and Accessibility Services – Skidmore is proud to employ a Coordinator of Student Access Services who works as a member of the SAS team to ensure eligible students are provided accommodations necessary to obtain full access to all Skidmore programs and activities. We are pleased to provide this web resource to incoming and current students as a guide to the services available to students with disabilities and the policies and procedures for applying for and implementing accommodations at Skidmore College. Students are encouraged to contact the Coordinator, Meg Hegener, with questions or concerns related to the application process or the services available at Skidmore to students with disabilities.
- Writing Center
The Writing Center (Scribner Library, Room 440; x8441) offers students individual help in any academic and personal writing project. Maintained by the English Department and directed by a faculty member, the center is staffed by Skidmore students majoring in subjects across the disciplines. Writing tutors are especially effective in helping students generate ideas, organize material, and clarify writing style. The Writing Center is not a proofreading service, but tutors will answer students' questions about grammar, punctuation, and effective style. Whether students are new to college writing or already accomplished writers, they will find that a one-on-one meeting with a Writing Tutor will help them become better, more self-sufficient writers. The Writing Center is open daily, afternoons and evenings. Students may call to make an appointment or they may walk in for tutoring during open hours.
- Expository Writing Network
The network provides faculty and students online writing resources for all disciplines.
- Skidmore Guide to Writing
This general guide to writing provides general guidance on college writing as well as information for writing in particular courses. The guide is available in print as well as online
Other Academic Support Resources
- Career Development Center
The Career Development Center (Starbuck Center; Tel. x5790) offers advice and guidance on career planning as well as information on internships, graduate study, and scholarships.
- Computers and Writing
The Charlotte M. Lanzit Center for Computers and Writing (Palamountain Hall 302) provides students with a comfortable environment in which to use computers for academic or personal writing projects. The center is one of the fully networked computer labs on campus and provides students resources to compose, revise, and print their work. In addition, students can explore the internet, connecting to libraries and data bases, consulting online course materials, and communicating with faculty, students, and friends on e-mail.
- Counseling Center
The Counseling Center (Jonsson Tower, first floor; Tel. x5555) provides a supportive context in which students may actively reflect on personal dimensions of their college experience and arrive at important new understandings of their motivations, needs, values, and their relationships with others.
- First-Year Experience: Scribner Seminar Peer Mentors
The First-Year Experience Office (Starbuck Center; Tel. x8111) assigns Peer Mentors to particular Scribner Seminars. The Peer Mentors provide assistance to first-year students facing the challenges and stimulation of the seminars and the transition to college. Their experience as more advanced students, selected both for their academic achievement and their ability to steer new students to effective engagement, makes them a valued resource for enhancing the education of new Skidmore students. Peer mentors bridge the space between the classroom and the residence hall by serving as academic and social role models for the first-year student. They also support new students' transition to college by encouraging their integration into the larger community of scholars through the promotion of academic and cocurricular opportunities.
- Language Resource Center (LRC)
The Language Resource Center (Palamountain 429; Tel. x5207) provides resources for the Department of World Languages & Literatures. The facility includes multiple computer stations for use in the evenings, an interactive Smartboard, and multi-region DVD and VCR players with large screen projection. The student stations also include webcams and headsets with microphones for intensive language practice and multimedia production. The LRC also has an open study area with four computer workstations for use by students on a drop-in basis. The lab also offers a lounge area for viewing foreign videos and TV from foreign stations received by satellite. An adjacent workroom provides 3 additional workstations with hardware and software to support the production of multimedia projects.
- Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) support
The MCS Peer Tutoring and Computing Lab (Harder Hall) is operated by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and provides tutorial and computing support for mathematics and computer science courses. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Tutors are available to assist students working to satisfy QR requirements as well as students enrolled in departmental courses.
- Off-Campus Study and Exchanges (U.S. and abroad)
The Off-Campus Study and Exchanges office (Starbuck Center; Tel. x5355) provides information on study in the United States, U.S. territories (including Puerto Rico), and foreign countries. Students seeking to clarify their academic goals may benefit from consulting OCSE staff about opportunities to enrich a Skidmore education.