Frequently Asked Questions

University Writing Center (UWC)

Can I make an appointment for a group project?

Yes. Ideally, all members of any group project need to be present for the appointment. Only material written by members present will be reviewed. Once one member has made an appointment, they can share the link to that session with the other members.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Why do we have to work in groups?

The SI model has proven that students learn best when interacting with each other in groups and with course material; they retain more information. The SI model is based in learning theory that incorporates group work. SI research continues to highlight that students who actively participate in group-based SI sessions retain two-and-a-half times more information than students who study alone. An SI session offers a safe environment to review and process coursework with peers while having an “expert” on hand to facilitate learning. The SI model is a fun and interactive experience that helps students build or strengthen both their social and academic skills.

Why doesn’t my SI leader work with the professor/instructor more?

The SI model is embedded in collaboration, even with our faculty partners, yet we do not want to infringe on already busy schedules. Although they are strongly encouraged to communicate regularly with SI leaders, there is no requirement. The SI leaders work with the professors/instructors, but not for the professor/instructor. Some faculty partners have time in their schedules to have significant contact with their SI leader while others do not. SI leaders undergo extensive training to be able to facilitate SI sessions either with or without professor/instructor input.  

Peer Academic Coaching (PAC)

What is a PAC?

Peer academic coaches are successful undergraduate students who will share NIU-specific tips, host academic success workshops and provide general academic support in a safe environment. Peer academic coaches provide ongoing and individual coaching on:

  • Study tips and habits
  • Setting yourself up for success
  • Adjusting to online courses and using technical platforms
  • Time management
  • Study strategies and test-taking skills
  • Avoiding procrastination and staying motivated and focused
  • Staying or getting organized and creating an effective study space
  • Goal-setting and developing good academic assessment habits
  • Connecting with faculty and advocating for yourself
  • Preparing to meet with your advisor

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Huskie Academic Support Center

815-753-6636
hasc@niu.edu

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