Digital communications students work diligently in the Center for Writing & Tutoring

Spring 2022: We look forward to working with you! Please email or email a staff member for additional information. Request an appointment for academic coaching, to meet with a peer, writing, or organizational tutor, or view the study pod schedule (full schedule posted in January 2022).

The Center for Academic Success and Exploratory Majors is proud to offer comprehensive, peer-led support for LVC students. 

We will continue to offer all of our high-quality services, including Peer Tutoring (one-to-one and small group), Organizational Tutoring, Writing Tutoring, Writing Center Desk/Drop-In Hours, FYE Writing Support, and Study Pods.

Appointments with professional staff in the Center for Academic Success and Exploratory Majors will be offered in person as well as virtually for spring 2022.

Please find details related to the specific services below. 

If you have any questions or concerns about receiving help, please contact, or individually using the contact information here. We look forward to meeting you!

1:1 Academic Support

How can I connect with a member of the Academic Success team for help and support?

Learning in an online or hybrid format is new to me. How can the Academic Success team help me to be successful in this new format?

  • The Center for Academic Success and Exploratory Majors team is happy to support you with tools centered explicitly on success in online or hybrid learning environments:
    • Completing online homework.
    • Test-taking online.
    • Learning customization (settings, profile, notifications).
    • Time Management tools in Canvas (notifications, calendar, announcements, syllabus, modules).
  • If you are struggling with a course offered in this modality, we encourage you to connect with your professor and contact one of us to schedule an appointment using the information listed above.
  • A team member will assist students who need assistance to develop individual success plans.

Peer Tutoring

I need to request a new peer tutor. What do I do?

  • If you would like to meet with a peer tutor, please submit a Tutor Request form. Our policy will stand: please complete a request form 48 hours before you would need help.
  • New requests will be processed from and assigned to a peer tutor, who is expected to respond to you within 48-72 hours.
  • Once a request is received, the assigned peer tutor will contact you directly, set up a meeting, and discuss next steps.

I plan to attend a study pod for my course. How are they meeting?

  • We are hopeful that study pods will return to a fully in-person format for fall 2021.
  • All students will receive an email during the first week of classes with information related to the study pod schedule. 
  • The full schedule can also be found throughout the semester here

Writing Tutoring

How can I receive help with a paper?

  • If you would like to have a paper reviewed by a writing tutor, please submit a Tutor Request form. Our policy: please complete a request form 48 hours before you would need help.
  • In the “What would you like to work on during the session?” section, please include the specific things you are concerned about in your paper (e.g., organization, thesis, word choice, etc.).
  • New requests will be processed from and assigned to a writing tutor, who is expected to respond to you within 48-72 hours.
  • Once a request is received, the assigned writing tutor will contact you directly to receive your paper, set up a potential conference, and discuss further steps.

I am in an FYE course and need to use an FYE Writing Mentor to improve my writing skills. How does that work?

  • In Fall 2021, you can meet with your assigned FYE Writing Mentor through a variety of means, which will be determined by the Writing Mentor for each course.
    • Meetings may be scheduled by individual appointment OR by signing up through conference hours determined by the FYE Writing Mentor. Please refer to your specific section information and communication from the mentor.

Writing Center Desk Hours

Writing Center Desk Hours will operate in person for fall 2021.

Drop-in Hours will be offered Monday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m.



Organizational Tutoring

What are they?

Organizational tutors are students who mentor, model, and teach peers effective and healthy time management and organizational skills as well as study habits in order to function independently as a competent and successful student. 

How do I request one?

Fill out the Tutor Request Form online. The request will be sent to an organizational tutor, who will be in touch with you within 48 hours. 

How far in advance should I request one?

Please give all tutors at least 48 hours' notice before you would like to meet. Any requests made before that window are not guaranteed. 

How do I prepare for a meeting?

You'll get the most out of your session with an organizational tutor if you come prepared to share any calendars/planners (paper or electronic!), examples of how you take notes, and your current feelings regarding what is and isn't working well for you as a student. An open mindset will take you far! 

Are you struggling with a paper or looking to improve your writing skills? We're here to help!

In just a few short years, the Center for Academic Success and Exploratory Majors has become a positive force on the Lebanon Valley College campus. We are about people helping people. We listen, attempt to define the problem, and aid in facilitating a possible solution, thus diminishing students' anxiety without diminishing their independence in either the learning or writing process.

The mission of the Lebanon Valley College Center for Academic Success and Exploratory Majors is to provide students with the tools, techniques, and confidence necessary to become successful communicators and writers. We do this by creating a comfortable environment in which students and tutors work together at improving writing and thinking across the curriculum.

Request a Writing Tutor

Do you want higher grades or to improve your study skills? Peer Tutoring may be just the answer.

Peer Tutoring offers free assistance to students who want to improve their academic performance. Tutors can be provided for most 100- and 200-level courses offered. Peer Tutors are successful, upper-level students who are trained to help students clarify assignments, understand the subject matter, prepare homework, review homework, prepare for exams, review exams, improve study techniques, and improve time management. 

Tutors are available for individual and group sessions. They will contact students within 48-72 hours and arrange a time and place to meet. Please keep in mind that tutors are students themselves, and it is important to be flexible with appointments if you are looking to receive help. Requests submitted on Saturday and Sunday will only receive attention on Monday!!! 

Please note that we do not provide tutoring to high school students.

Request a Peer Tutor

Walk-In Hours & Appointments

Each semester, the Center for Academic Success and Exploratory Majors is open for a fixed number of hours during which students can come by at their convenience or by appointment to work with writing tutors on duty at that time. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but not necessary. Please note that the walk-in schedule follows the academic calendar schedule; as long as classes are in-session, walk-in hours are in session. Please visit the Registrar's webpage to see the exact dates and times of spring, fall, and holiday breaks. For an appointment during off-hours, please fill out the tutor request form at least 48 hours in advance.

In fourth grade, I was diagnosed with a visual impairment that has affected my education ever since. In high school, I had a hard time fighting to receive the accommodations I needed. I was very nervous to attend college because of my previous experience, but the Center for Accessibility Resources was welcoming and helped me build my accommodation plan.

Kyle Etcherling '23