Academic Support Center, Florham Campus
The Florham Campus Academic Support Center (ASC) provides FREE one-to-one and group tutoring to all current undergraduate and graduate students of the Florham Campus. We can also match faculty who are seeking an extra set of eyes on their scholarly work with one of our professional tutors.
Tutoring starts the second week of class for the spring and fall semesters. The Academic Support Center is open in the summer, but a full tutoring schedule is not available. Please contact the office to determine if a tutor is available.
- Schedule no more than one hour of tutoring per subject, per week.
- Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 10 PM
- Friday 9 AM to 3 PM
- Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM
- Walk-in hours are posted at our online myASC
Tutoring in both academic subjects and study skills
- Subjects. Tutoring is available in over 40 subject areas, including writing, literature, mathematics, biology, social sciences, chemistry, economics, nursing, computer science, accounting, French, and Spanish.
- Exams. Study with a group prior to midterms and finals. Many of our tutors facilitate group review sessions before midterm and final exams. We communicate with faculty to advertise the review sessions and also post schedules in our office. You do not need to register for review sessions in advance and can check with our office for group review offerings.
- Study skills. Sign up for guidance in time management and studying strategies. Call or stop by for an appointment.
Flexible appointment styles
- 30-60 minutes. You decide if you need a 30-minute or one-hour appointment. Use myASC (our online tutoring schedule) to book online; or you can call or stop by in person.
- Individual. A typical tutoring session is one-to-one between tutor and student.
- Small groups. For some subjects (commonly, the sciences), tutoring may be available for small groups of two to three students who have the same course taught by the same professor.
- Standing appointment. Subject to availability, students who would like regular help in a specific subject area may request a standing appointment each week on the same day and time, with the same tutor. Standing appointments are considered a privilege and will be canceled if students fail to attend. If a standing appointment is canceled, students still may schedule regular appointments.
- 20-minute walk-in. Walk-in appointments are an option for students who want targeted assistance or have specific questions regarding writing and math (through Calculus II). These appointments last 20 minutes, with a maximum of one hour total, and are given on a first-come, first-served basis (no advanced scheduling needed). Check with our office or the online tutoring calendar for the walk-in schedule.
How to schedule an appointment with us
- Visit myASC at fdu.edu/myasc. Create an account and book an appointment online.
- When you're scheduling online:
- First select the subject area (for example, either "English/Writing" or "Business/Math") and then select the specific class.
- Click on a white cell for an available appointment time slot.
- Select a half hour or hour appointment by adjusting the time, enter the course information, and make sure you save the appointment.
- An email confirmation for your appointment will be sent to you upon making the appointment, and a reminder will be sent 24 hours prior to the appointment.
- For any group or study skills sessions, call or stop by.
What to expect
Take-home exams or quizzes
If the writing sample or test is a take-home exam or quiz, make sure your professor has given permission for you to consult a tutor. For group tutoring, everyone in the group must be present.
What to bring
- Bring the assignment guidelines from your professor to your appointment.
- Bring your textbook, a draft of your assignment, any feedback you have received from your professor, and any additional materials relevant to the assignment.
- Please bring any texts related to the assignment and any work you have completed.
- Arrive with specific questions and issues you want to address.
What happens at your appointment
When you arrive at the Academic Support Center, sign in at the front desk. We will direct you to your tutor. Tutoring sessions begin with a brief discussion of the assignment you're working on and the kind of help you're looking for.
Be prepared to participate
Your tutoring session requires your active collaboration. Tutors will not complete your work or do your assignments for you.
After your appointment
Tutors send a Client Report email to your professor telling them what you and your tutor worked on during the session.
Cancellations, no-shows, and rescheduling
How many appointments can I schedule, and when can I schedule them?
Students may schedule one appointment per class per week. In other words, if you are taking five classes, you may sign up for one appointment for each class per week, but may not schedule two appointments for the same class. We recommend you schedule early for those times you know you will have many assignments due; many other students have the same due dates, so appointment availability may be limited. You can schedule appointments online up to three weeks in advance.
What if there are no appointments available?
You have three different options.
Option 1: Investigate the current walk-in schedule and take advantage of it.
Option 2: Our online scheduling system has a waitlist option (the small clock icon next to the day of the week). If you add yourself to the waitlist, you will be automatically notified of cancellations. Once a time slot becomes available, either reserve the slot online or phone Academic Support.
Option 3: You can always call our office and ask to be put on the waitlist, and, for certain subjects, we can investigate whether you might join an existing group appointment if the class and professor match yours.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
To cancel or reschedule an appointment, cancel online or call the office. We ask that you cancel or reschedule with as much notice as possible so that the tutoring time is available for other students.
What if I miss an appointment but do not cancel it?
If you do not attend a scheduled appointment and do not cancel in advance, your appointment will be marked as a "No Show." After three no-shows, your online account will be locked. If this happens, you will need to come to the Academic Support Center in person to schedule an appointment. Once you attend your scheduled appointment, your account will be reinstated.
Who tutors at the Academic Support Center?
We have both peer (student) and professional tutors on staff.
In addition to our full-time staff, we have a team of professional tutors covering several disciplines. All of our professional tutors are credentialed and seasoned professionals, many of whom are adjunct instructors and have had professional careers in the fields they are tutoring. Our student tutors must earn a B+ or higher in the courses they tutor, and they must be recommended by a faculty member in the discipline they tutor.
Academic Support Center
Monninger Center, Room 206
Phone: (973) 443-8538
Fax: (973) 443-8080
Darshan Shah, Director DShah@fdu.edu
Lauren Mazur, Assistant Director, LMazur@fdu.edu
Tina Sakacs, Administrative Assistant, SakacsT@fdu.edu
Patti Miller, Writing Analyst, P_Miller@fdu.edu
Jenna Lynch, Reading and Writing Specialist, LynchJ@fdu.edu
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