Academic Support Resources - Spring 2021

This site will be updated regularly with information on available resources and how both on-campus and online learners can access them.

Learning Online 101 

In Brightspace, you will now see that you are enrolled in the course Learning Online 101. This is a self-paced “course” that offers excellent suggestions and tips for negotiating and getting the most out of your classes this semester.  It includes short modules on mindset and readiness, foundations of academic success, navigating Brightspace, and connecting in your online classroom.  

Toolkit for Online Students

Purdue Online has a digital toolkit for students taking online classes, whether fully online or hybrid. The toolkit has topics related to success in online courses, including organization, communication, study habits, working with groups, tools, and support. Visit the Innovative Learning site to explore this resource (and more) as you navigate online classes. 

Toolkit for Online Students

Time Management App: Shovel

Shovel is a new, real-time college planner app that Purdue is offering free to all students; it can help you to schedule your time effectively with less stress. Ever have the sinking feeling that you don't have enough time for an assignment? Or when three midterms in a week catch you completely off guard? With Shovel you can enter your course requirements, co-curricular commitments, and/or employment hours--and be able to balance your time so that you also schedule downtime and breaks.  Shovel is a tool that can assist you in creating structure to your days, and avoid the risk of sitting in front of your computer for long stretches of time. You can access your free Shovel account by following this link and using your email to sign-up. 

Where can I study?

Purdue has designated spaces and tents now available for studying and synchronous learning. 

Stewart Center rooms are now dedicated study rooms. STEW 214ABCD and STEW 306 are reserved for students participating in synchronous learning. While headphones are still needed, synchronous learning rooms are not expected to be a silent study space as students may need to engage in their online course discussions and activities. STEW Study Spaces are 6:00 AM to Midnight daily. 


Chemistry Resource Room

The Chemistry Resource Room is providing in-person tutoring for  students taking General, Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry. In addition to a staff of tutors (graduate and undergraduate students who have taken the courses), the CRR provides: the textbook, lecture notes taken by TA's that attend the class, homework and exam cribs for the current semester, past exams, reference books and a place for group study. The CRR is located in the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry (WTHR) Room 117B and Spring 2021 semester hours will be available soon. 

Writing Lab

While face-to-face sessions and workshops will be limited, our virtual options are numerous. The Writing Lab will continue to be open and available for consultations throughout the spring semester. As always, we can consult on ideas and first drafts in addition to helping writers revise and edit documents based on feedback from instructors and advisors. We also teach strategies for improving sentence-level writing. To make an appointment, visit for more information or to schedule an appointment (click on "Writing Lab" in the top menu and then "Schedule a tutoring appointment").

Writing Lab

Purdue Presentation Center

The Purdue Presentation Center is avaliable for both virtual and in-person appointments. Students can register for an appointment using BoilerConnect. Virtual appointments will receive an email with a link to the virtual meeting room prior to appointment time. 

Purdue Presentation Center

Purdue Library

Whether you are learning on-campus or learning remotely, you will still have access to the Purdue Library. If you haven’t learned how to navigate the library system via online, there are many resources in place to help. First, we’d recommend viewing the Purdue Library Tutorials. Second, many subjects have specific guides for your educational major: Guides by Subject.

Purdue Library

Supplemental Instruction - ASC

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program offers peer-led, collaborative learning and study sessions in traditionally challenging courses.  More information about online SI for Fall, including supported courses and the session schedule, is available on our website. Information will also be provided to students in SI-supported courses via a Brightspace page with information on how to participate in SI sessions for their course(s). 

Learn more about SI

Peer Success Coaching (PSC) Program - ASC

Students can meet with a Peer Success Coach (PSC) for coaching, strategy development, and accountability as they work toward academic, personal, and social goals. Coaching sessions are available both in-person and virtually based on student preference. To learn more about the program and to sign up to meet with a PSC, visit the Peer Success Coaching website.

Learn more about PSC

Academic Consultations - ASC

Academic Consultations with professional staff are available to help students create study plans and develop academic skills including time management, study strategies, and strategies for academic success. Schedule a virtual or in-person appointment through BoilerConnect. 

Learn more about Consultations

Academic Success Webinars

The ASC will continue to offer online webinars. Webinar dates, topics, and registration information are availableon the ASC Workshop page. Webinars will be recorded and shared on the ASC website a few days later.

Learn more about ASC Webinars

BEST (Building Excellence for Students in Technology) Program

Polytechnic BEST (Building Excellence for Students in Technology) program is available for both residential and online Polytechnic students. To learn more information and to schedule a support session, visit the BEST website.

Learn more about BEST

Biology Resource Center

The Biology Resource Center's  services are primarily available in an online format, using Piazza, for the Spring 2021 semester. To learn more information including a link to the Piazza platform, visit the Biology Resource Center website

Biology Resource Center

COSINE (College of Science Instructional Nightly Enrichment)

COSINE (College of Science Instructional Nightly Enrichment) is a free tutoring program to help students succeed in first year science courses in math, biology, and chemistry. This semester, COSINE is offering in-person and online tutoring. Session are held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 PM and Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 PM. Visit in-person in the University Residences Support Center in Shreve Hall or online through Zoom. For more information and a link to the online sessions, visit the COSINE website. Sessions will begin during the 2nd week of classes.

Learn more about COSINE

Women in Engineering and Science Tutoring Program (WIEP-WISP Tutoring)

The WIEP-WISP Tutoring Program provides free homework and study support for 100 and 200 level Math, Science, and Engineering courses. This semester, WIEP-WISP is offering in-person and online support. In-person tutoring is held Sunday through Thursday from 7:00-10:00 PM  in the University Residences Support Center in Shreve Hall. Online tutoring is also held Sunday through Thursday 7:00-10:00 PM Eastern Time; visit to sign in and receive a link to the online session. Sessions will begin the week of January 24.

Learn more about WIEP-WISP

Math Resource Room

The Math Resource Room will be closed for Spring 2021. Courses normally supported by the Math Resource Room will have online Piazza discussion forums for TAs to provide assistance to students. For more information, students are encouraged to contact their course instructor or TA.

Math Resource Room

Remember that your faculty and teaching assistants are also still available to support you and your learning. Check your course's Brightspace page for more information on resources such as virtual office hours, discussion boards, online review sessions, or other resources such as a course Q&A through Piazza. Many courses are now utilizing Piazza and other virtual supports with more information provided in your course's LMS (Brightspace) page. 

Please check back for more information on available support resources. Thanks for your patience as we adapt and find new ways to support Boilermakers’ success!

Updates as of 1/19/21

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