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Here at USI, we have #ScreaglePride in every student on campus. We want to see you succeed during your time on campus and beyond. That's why we've cultivated a robust Screagle Academic Support Network (SASN) here on campus.  

Here are the SASN resources available to you from day one on campus.

In addition to tutoring and supplemental instruction, Academic Skills offers other forms of academic support for students.

Workshops on several academic success topics are offered during the semester, and a variety of topics are covered during Student Success Week.

Academic Skills personnel are available on an as-requested basis to deliver workshops to classes and student organizations about the following topics:

  • Successful academic planning
  • Note-taking
  • Time management
  • Textbook reading strategies
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Test anxiety

Students can also find strategies and worksheets to help them become successful college students by viewing or downloading our Academic Survival Guide.

College students can sometimes feel overwhelmed with the academic demands of college. Any USI student can be paired with an academic coach for assistance and support. Academic coaches offer individualized weekly sessions that can focus on a variety of academic topics:

  • Specific study skills, such as organization, time management, procrastination, note-taking, textbook reading, test taking, memory, and concentration
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Student accountability, responsibility, and self-advocacy
  • Goal setting and planned action
  • Breaking assignments into manageable parts
  • Active listening, feedback, collaboration, and encouragement
  • Successful learning strategies as modeled by coaches

All academic coaches complete an extensive training program led by the Academic Skills staff and are supervised by Learning Specialist Darrin Sorrells.

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Athletic Peer Coaching

Housed within Academic Skills, the goal of the USI Athletic Peer Coach Program is to assist USI student-athletes both academically and with the overall adjustment to college life. All student-athletes are eligible to participate. Participants are assisted by fellow student-athletes who have been selected to serve as peer coaches. These peer coaches are positive role models, both athletically and academically.

The program can have a number of benefits for student-athletes who participate in it:

  • Improving overall academic performance
  • Enhancing study skills, including test-taking and note-taking
  • Developing routine study schedules
  • Increasing motivation for classes
  • Studying in a structured environment with supportive people
  • Becoming more connected to campus and adjusting to college life
  • Learning about available resources at USI
  • Enhancing interpersonal communication skills
  • Getting to know university personnel and other student-athletes on campus

All athletic peer coaches complete an extensive training program led by the Academic Skills staff and are supervised by Learning Specialist .