Laker Tips & Tricks: A Guide to Academic Resources

Written by Andreas Fields
Posted on November 23, 2021

It’s no secret that college is tough. Long hours spent studying and countless nights working on projects and essays can be difficult to manage on your own. Thankfully, Grand Valley has plenty of great academic resources at your disposal for whenever you need some extra help. Whether you want a semester-long tutor to help with your hardest class, or just need help with rehearsing an upcoming presentation, these academic resources can help you accomplish anything!

#1: The Writing Center

The Writing Center in Lake Ontario Hall is the perfect spot to go for any of your writing needs. Writing consultants in the Writing Center are prepared to help you brainstorm potential topics, develop your essay’s conclusion, or figure out your citations. In the event that you’re a late night writer, The Writing Center also operates in the Knowledge Market, located in the Mary Idema Pew library, from 6–11 p.m.

Assistant in the Writing Center

#2: The Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center offers tutoring for over 20 different subjects and classes. In the Tutoring Center, located on the second floor of Kleiner, you’re able to find someone who can help you out with just about anything. From statistics to chemistry to philosophy, the Tutoring Center is bound to offer assistance with even your most challenging class.

#3: The Knowledge Market

The Knowledge Market is a wonderful resource that can help you strengthen skills that will benefit you even outside of the classroom. The Knowledge Market, located on the Mary Idema Pew Library’s first floor, offers consultants who specialize in research, digital skills, writing, and speech, so you can work with a consultant to improve a variety of skills. Open until 11:00 p.m. most nights, the Knowledge Market is also another great resource for night owls.

Knowledge market

#4: Academic Advising

If you want to know exactly where you’re headed in your college career, you’ll definitely want to visit your academic advisor. Academic advisors can help you figure out your major, plan your classes, and get you connected with all kinds of resources on campus. It’s always great to start visiting your academic advisor early, so make an appointment whenever you have questions about your degree path!

#5: Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center (LRC) is the best spot to go if you’re studying a language. The LRC offers free music, movies, video games, and writing samples in languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, French, and more! If you want to learn more about a language and culture you’re studying, or need some additional resources for your assignment, the LRC awaits in Mackinac Hall room D-2-221.

Remember that, no matter the subject and no matter how challenging the class, there is always a resource available to assist you! For even more information, visit the webpage for the Student Academic Success Center.

Student Academic Success Center

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