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Resources for Current IC Students

AU Writing Center

The Writing Center is on the first floor of Bender Library and offers free, individual coaching sessions to all AU students. In your 45-minute session, a student writing consultant can help you address your assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit your own work. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6p.m. Friday. Call 202-885-2991 to arrange a session. Meanwhile find handouts, information, and a weekly writer's blog at the Writing Center website and on Facebook.


The AU Tutoring & Writing Lab

The tutoring and writing lab can assist with every stage of the writing process:

  • Brainstorming for your assignment
  • Writing thesis statements
  • Outlining an argument
  • Creating smooth transitions
  • Recognizing recurrent grammatical errors

Experienced counselors evaluate drafts, identify areas for improvement, and explain strategies for effective essay structure. While they do not offer proofreading or editing services, they do offer advice on time management and project management techniques and also provide encouragement to help students become better writers. The on-campus lab also has a digital tutoring center where you can schedule up to two 50-minute appointments per week to work with a tutor. You can make the appointments online or over the phone at 202-885-3360 or by emailing tutoring@american.edu.

Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL) Stats Lab & Virtual Computer Lab (VCL)

Students enrolled in SISG-763 Quantitative Methods have exclusive access to a one-on-one tutor who can help provide guidance with statistical software, interpretation of results, and research hypotheses. Check on the Quantitative Methods course wall for this tutor’s contact information and availability, and make use of his expertise.

Whether or not you are enrolled in SISG-763 Quantitative Methods, you should take advantage of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL). CTRL provides consultations for students carrying out qualitative and quantitative research. The group provides advice on research design, data collection, and data analysis. It also assists students in the use of research software for class assignments. The group can also assist with research design, data management, interpreting statistical results, and other research-related tasks. The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), also run by CTRL, allows students to "remote-in" to the computers in AU's on-campus labs, all of which have SPSS installed. Use the software for free using this client, but be aware that it has limited licenses available, and you could experience higher wait-times during high usage blocks throughout the year (i.e.: mid-terms, final exams, project deadlines, etc.).

 

Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC)

MGC 243, 202-885-3360 

This Center supports supports the academic development and educational goals of all American University students and is committed to providing access for individuals with disabilities within the university's diverse community. Topics of interest to all students include time management and procrastination, effective writing, textbook reading, note taking, critical thinking, memory skills, and test taking.
For more information, click here.

 

Advising

As always, if you have a general question about the program, you can always reach out to our Academic Advisor Jessica MacArthur at the email address jmacarth@american.edu

Health and Wellness-The Counseling Center

The counseling center is a fantastic touchpoint for students wishing to take advantage of the health and wellness resources at American University. By calling the Center at +1 (202) 885-3500, you can get in touch with someone who can help, and familiarize you with local resources and online tools to guide your self-help.

Center for Diversity & Inclusion

MGC 201, 202-885-3651

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is dedicated to enhancing LGBTQ, Multicultural, First Generation, and Women's experiences on campus and to advance AU's commitment to respecting & valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison to students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy.

OASIS: The Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence

202-885-7070

OASIS provides free and confidential advocacy services for anyone in the campus community who is impacted by sexual violence (sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking).

Career Center

The School of International Service (SIS) Office of Career Development offers a comprehensive set of career tools and resources to help students and alumni set and achieve professional goals. Our career development team supports students and alumni through all stages of career development, from exploring careers and developing resumes to networking with professionals and prepping for interviews at top employers in the field of international relations. While being part of the SIS community opens a lot of doors, it is up to you to make the most of your time as a student.

You can sign up for an appointment with the Graduate advisor, Janée LaFrere or you can call at 202-885-1448 or email Janée at Lefrere@american.edu.