Share Tweet Share Email

ACCESS announces new locations, longer hours to better serve NIU students who want tutoring

August 21, 2012

The 2012-13 academic year brings with it changes in Northern Illinois University’s ACCESS program.

ACCESS provides walk-in tutoring services, one-on-one tutoring services, study groups and supplemental instruction for some specific courses and other support services for students who require academic assistance to be successful in their chosen courses and majors.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, ACCESS will provide student support services at four different locations:

Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions are an invaluable student support service

Tutoring Center
C/D Wing, Room 84
Phone: (815) 753-1087

Academic Resource Center
D Wing, Room 77
Phone: (815) 753-4939

Tutoring Center
West Hall Room B 004
Phone: (815) 753-8105

Student tutoring sessions are on the rise.

Tutoring Center
Room 302
Phone: (815) 753-2825

ACCESS has served an increasing number of students in recent years.

In 2002-03, 1,118 students were served through the program. That number has risen steadily to 1,868 last year after peaking at 1,959 in 2010-11. Tutoring sessions have more than doubled in that same time period.

“Providing tutoring, time management skills and other services to students is at the core of NIU’s mission,” ACCESS director Shevawn Eaton says. “The need is demonstrated, and we have expanded our programming and locations accordingly.”

One example is the new tutoring center located in central campus at the Founders Memorial Library. From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, students can access the center in Room 302.

“This service is the result of listening to our students – namely the transfer population – who desired daytime hours while they were on campus,” Eaton says. “We hope to better serve this population in a manner that’s convenient to them in terms of both hours and access to commuter parking.”

While the Grant South Tutoring Center was shuttered over the summer when the building was closed as a residence hall, the new residence hall complex opens its doors with a new tutoring center in the lower level of West Hall, Room B 006. Hours are from 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Tutoring centers in Lincoln and Douglas halls will be open those same hours.