Learning how to be a successful college student is difficult. The rigors of college-level academics and the demands of extracurricular activities are beyond what most people expect. Even the most prepared students can, with help, exceed what they might achieve simply on their own. The following services provide assistance to help you thrive at SMU.
You had what it took to be an excellent high school student; now you need to learn – quickly – what it takes to succeed in SMU courses. In addition to a tutoring program that is widely used by SMU undergraduates, the A-LEC offers Academic Skills Workshops and a one-credit course in college-level academic skills, ORACLE (EDU 1110).
For more information, visit the A-LEC.
Because college writing assignments are complex and challenging, SMU students make half-hour appointments with faculty who teach in SMU’s first-year writing program. Whether you need help understanding a writing assignment, getting started in the writing process, revising a draft in progress, or applying your teacher’s comments to subsequent assignments, the Writing Center faculty offer one-on-one tutorials that can send you in the right direction.
For more information, visit the Writing Center.
Librarians can help you find better and more useful information in less time. Learn how to search research resources more effectively by consulting with a reference librarian at the Fondren Library Center or the Hamon Arts Library. Don't just go to the library, question authority – ask a librarian.
For more information, visit the Central University Libraries.
Accommodations and coping strategies that worked in high school rarely translate to the university environment. SMU’s Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities is available to help you and your professor reach appropriate accommodations. The A-LEC also offers support services for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
For more information, visit Services for Students with Disabilities.