The Academic Support and Accessibility Services office seeks to promote the academic success of all Houghton College Students through open access to academic counseling and coaching, extensive peer-tutoring opportunities, and appropriate support for students with disabilities.
Contact us at AcademicSupport@Houghton.edu
Be Successful in your Online Classes
Claim a Study Space
Find a place where you are comfortable and where you can stay alert and concentrate. Avoid doing coursework in your bed!
Get rid of all the distractions-physical and digital-and only have the resources you need to study. As classes are going to happen through your computer, it is much easier to get distracted. Use tools and Chrome extensions (StayFocused and Rescue Time are two) to help you manage distractions.
Stay Motivated; Stay Engaged
Remember you are earning credits and professors are expecting and planning work for the same time commitment as a face to face class (at least 2 hours of work per week for every credit hour of class).
Communication is Key
Be diligent about checking and responding to email daily—this is the primary way professors and advisors will be communicating. If you are confused or have questions, send an email to your professor and be patient when awaiting a response.
Make a daily schedule for yourself and stick to it. Look at each of your syllabi and make a 2 week plan for your assignments. Pick a day each week to re-evaluate your timeline and then plan the next 2 weeks.
Ask for Help
Contact email@example.com for help with time management, creating a schedule, and tutoring possibilities.
- Find a quiet place away from others.
- Set up your space to minimize distractions and to help make it feel like a testing environment.
- Turn off your phone.
- Place a “Do Not Disturb” or “Testing in Progress” sign on your door.
- Inform friends and family that you will be taking an exam for a specific span of time to minimize interruptions.
- Use a lock down browser if you’re prone to surfing the internet.
- If it is a timed exam, be sure you know how many questions are on the exam and how much time you have so you can plan accordingly. Set a timer or alarm with a 10 minute warning.
- Know the rules and expectations of taking the exam online. Is it open book/open note or are students held to the honor system?
- Know ahead of time how to contact the professor during the exam in case you have questions.
- Organize allowed materials before starting the exam.
- Study for exams even if they are “open book/open note”. Relying too heavily on allowable materials can take up time.
- Questions may be presented one at a time. It may be more difficult to navigate an exam and go back to review questions. Jot down question numbers and note any questions you have.
If you are prone to migraines or have other visual issues, minimize the impact by adjusting your computer screen and work area.
Arrange your screen directly in front of your face to reduce neck strain. Screen should be 20-40 inches away from your face and at eye level.
Adjust the refresh rate of your screen to it’s highest rating.
Adjust the display settings of your computer to help reduce eye strain and fatigue.
- Brightness: Adjust display brightness to approximately match that of your work area. Do this test: look at the white background of this page. If it looks like a light source, it’s too bright. If it seems dull and gray, it may be too dark.
- Text size and contrast: Adjust the text size (enlarge) and contrast for comfort. Usually black print on white background is the best combination for comfort.
- Color Temperature: Reducing the color temperature of your display lowers the amount of blue light emitted by a color display for better long-term viewing comfort. Blue light is short-wavelength visible light associated with more eye strain than longer wavelength hues, such as orange and red. You can download a “blue light filter” to your device.
- Reduce the risk of tiring your eyes: 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object, at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
We encourage students to come to us if they:
- Have academic difficulty in one or more classes
- Feel overwhelmed by work
- Have too much to do and not enough time to do it
- Cannot seem to take good notes
- Study a lot, but do poorly on exams
We help students analyze their strengths and weaknesses in various aspects of learning. These findings then become the basis for course-specific study skills counseling.Study Advisement
College Study Methods
Students who need to improve their study techniques are encouraged to sign up for the one credit College Study Methods course, CLLS 102. All the above topics are covered. Class goals include developing an effective system for managing time, taking notes, and studying to learn.
We work with faculty to select and train tutors. Our office assigns these tutors to work with students in one-on-one or small group settings. Students wishing to use peer tutoring services should: Meet with the Academic Support office in the Center for Student Success to best determine needs and establish links to beneficial services. Commit to a tutoring schedule and agree to prepare appropriately for tutoring sessionsPeer Tutoring
Additional services are available to properly documented students with learning-related disabilities. Accommodations can be offered for tests, lectures, and/or study. We help you work with your professors to explain the accommodations you require. Specialized counseling for unique learning problems is also offered.Resources
Houghton College’s Grievance Procedure has been established in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the applicable regulations relating to the Act including the ADA and its amendments. This procedure provides for a prompt and equitable resolution of any complaints regarding the College’s compliance. Please contact the following offices to review the policy and procedure: The Center for Student Success, Office of Student Life, and the Academic Dean’s Office.