Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center provides a wide variety of academic support services to all current undergraduate students.

Hours

Academic Year Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Summer & Breaks

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

Academic Counseling

Free and confidential academic counseling is available to assist students to make a positive transition from high school to college. Counselors are available to improve study and life skills to positively impact learning. This includes assessing time management and stress management skills, identifying learning styles, memory and retention evaluations, test-taking strategies, identifying test anxiety, and textbook reading and note taking skills. Additionally, counselors work with commuter students and non-traditional students to balance college and other responsibilities.

Writing & Math Clinics

The writing and math clinics, staffed by peer and professional tutors, are free and no appointment is needed. Students are encouraged to attend the clinics as a proactive step to succeeding in a course or at the first sign of a problem, such as a low grade or lack of understanding.

The role of the tutor is to coach and stimulate students, not correct or complete assignments for them. Tutors help learners gain an understanding of the material, supporting them as they develop as scholars.

The Writing Clinic assists students with the full range of writing issues including grammar, punctuation, source citation, paper organization, thesis statement development and the Castleton Writing Standards. Students are encouraged to bring in multiple drafts of papers for coaching and improvement.

Writing Clinic Hours
Day Open Close
Monday - Thursday 9 am 2 pm
  5 pm 9 pm
Friday 9 am 2 pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed


The Math Clinic helps students with a range of questions, from a quick homework-related problem to an explanation of a major conception, to a review for an exam. Last year, over 55% of students who visited the Math Clinic earned an A or B in their math course. 

Math Clinic Hours
Day Open Close
Monday - Thursday 11 am 2 pm
  5 pm 9 pm
Friday 11 am 2 pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed  

Tutoring

In addition to the Writing and Math clinics, course-specific tutoring is also available for many Castleton courses. In particular, we make every effort to provide tutoring for first and second year courses. Tutoring is free to any Castleton student.

To request a tutor, students should complete and submit the Request for Tutoring Form in the Academic Support Center.

Students requesting a tutor are expected to:

• Check their official college email account for information about a tutoring request
• Come to tutoring sessions prepared and having attempted assigned work
• Arrive on time, complete tutor evaluations, and inform staff of any concerns

Becoming a Tutor:

Tutoring at the Academic Support Center has a number of benefits. Tutors learn through experience and the position is an attractive addition to a resume. In addition, the position is institutionally funded so even students who are not eligible for work-study can still become tutors.

To become a tutor, students must have the following:

Status as a second semester, first-year student or higher

• Recommendation of two faculty members or the department chair in the subject they wish to tutor
• Earned at least a "B" in the course they wish to tutor
• An overall GPA of at least 3.0 

Students interested in tutoring humanities classes may contact Writing Specialist Christine Sadler. Students interested in tutoring math and science classes may contact the Math Specialist Deborah Jackson.

Becoming a Writing Tutor

Students interested in employment at the Academic Support Center Writing Clinic must meet the above criteria as well as enroll in a one-credit, semester-long Writing Clinic Training Seminar Course. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible for employment at the Writing Clinic starting the following semester. Email the Writing Specialist for more details.

Disability Services

The goal of Disability Services is to provide educational access for students with disabilities by coordinating information and resources for students and the campus community. Disability Services include:

• classroom/campus accommodations
• academic counseling (individually and in small groups)
• Summer Transition Program

Accepted students who have paid their admissions deposit and who have any type of disability or disorder that affects the ability to learn or function in a college setting, should supply the Academic Support Center with recent, appropriate documentation in order to be considered for accommodations.

Documentation should be sent to:

Kathy Perzanowksi, Learning Specialist
Castleton College
Castleton, VT 05735

Students with disabilities intending to major in Educaiton and other students who may need accommodations for the PRAXIS, GRE, or GMAT tests will need to submit additional documentation to ETS. The Learning Specialist will work with students regarding this process.