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How can the ASAC support you academically?

All students are welcome to utilize the ASAC's academic support resources. From individual help to group support, we offer a range of services to best suit your needs. For more details, view the menu below, contact us at 202-885-3360, or visit us in MGC 243.

In-Person Resources

American University students have access to master's level learning specialists and academic support counselors in the ASAC to help you do your best in your classes. Individual appointments can be scheduled to discuss topics such as time management, reading skills, note taking, study strategies, and speaking in public.

You might come to the ASAC for help with:

  • Managing your readings and assignments
  • Preparing for tests
  • Catching up with your work after being sick
  • Dealing with transitions for first-generation college students
  • Creating a time management plan when you get an internship
  • Adapting to US higher education as an international student or global nomad
  • Balancing academics and athletics as an AU student-athlete
  • Returning to school after years in the workplace

To make an appointment to meet with an ASAC counselor, please call 202-885-3360 or visit our office in Mary Graydon Center 243.

We offer workshops each fall and spring on a variety of academic skills and college transition topics (i.e. reading, writing, time management, coping with stress).

Students are welcome to attend any workshop; reservations are not required.

View the current workshop schedule.

The Writing Center (located in the Library) provides individual writing assistance, for any class. Tutors will work with students on every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to the final draft, and will help them become better writers.

Schedule an appointment.

The Peer Tutoring Lab offers free one-to-one, face-to-face tutoring in selected classes. For classes not covered by the lab, students can use the Referral System (this service is for a modest fee). Peer tutors are AU students who excelled in the classes they support. They will help students understand concepts, practice problems, prepare for tests, and more.

The Peer Tutoring Lab offers support primarily in 100- and 200-level courses in Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, Math, Stats, and more. Schedule an appointment in the Lab here.

For classes not offered in the Lab, access a list of available peer tutors here.

If no peer tutor is available for the topic(s) you need assistance with, request one with the peer tutor request form.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support and group tutoring program for students enrolled in historically challenging classes. SI welcomes all students to participate in free, weekly study review sessions for targeted courses on a voluntary basis. These sessions are facilitated by student leaders who have received an A or A- in the course and have displayed the ability to engage their peers academically.

Does your course have a Supplemental Instruction leader? View the current schedule

Interested in applying to be an SI Leader? You can apply online.

Individualized academic skills counseling related to disabilities is also available. Students with disabilities may also register and request accommodations through the ASAC's three-step process.

Student-athletes are encouraged to take advantage of the wide-ranging supports offered by the Student-Athlete Support Program. These services are specifically tailored to your experience as a student-athlete.

The Mathematics & Statistics Tutoring Lab provides tutoring to American University Mathematics and Statistics students for exam review and homework assignments.