Academic Success

Academic Success at EMU

We’re here to help you succeed!

Our Services for Students and Faculty

  • FREE tutoring and writing help - See tutor availability here.
  • Accommodations and disability support services
  • Test proctoring
  • Resources for faculty regarding tutoring, syllabus contents and rubrics and academic accountability
  • Resources for students including writing help, time management, and test-taking and note-taking strategies.
  • Resources for tutors including a tutor handbook, best practices and practicum information

Our Location and Hours

We are located on the third floor of Hartzler Library. View our campus map.

8am - 4pm, Monday-Friday

Tutors often have evening hours available. Please check Navigate for students with evening hours. 


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"My appointment went really well. I was able to get help on all of the things I needed help on, and it was very beneficial to me."


"This first experience of tutoring went very well. Central pronouns were addressed, and the session was productive. I am very happy with her [the tutor’s] work!"


"It went very well. Helping plot out an outline and being reassuring with the process is what I think I really needed."



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Writing Program

Additional Resources

Academic Success Center Staff

Cathy Smeltzer Erb

Cathy Smeltzer Erb, Academic Success Center Director; Professor, Teacher Education

Welcome to the tutoring services provided by undergraduate peers and, for graduate students, our Graduate Writing Coach, Skip Kempe. 

If you are an EMU student, our services are for you. Our tutors are like you. They are taking classes, taking exams, writing papers, and doing their homework. The difference is that they are also tutoring their peers in their area of expertise. Our tutors provide tutoring in writing, speech, history, economics, math, psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, business, education, accounting, Spanish, nursing, and teacher ed. If we don’t cover what you need, please tell us, and we’ll find a tutor. 

Find a session you need through the Navigate link on myEMU.

Learn more about Cathy

Mary Ann Zehr

Mary Ann Zehr, EMU Writing & Communication Program Director

I approach my role as both a writer and a teacher. I collaborate with faculty, the graduate writing coach, and the undergraduate writing tutors to support students as they both learn to write and write to learn. I also support EMU's curriculum for students to communicate through speech. My office is Library 314. Contact me through email at or by phone (540) 432-4352. 

Learn more about Mary Ann

Julie Shank

Julie Shank, ASC and Writing Program Assistant

It is my hope that you feel welcome and comfortable in the Academic Success Center. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, make suggestions, or express concerns. I look forward to meeting you!

Learn more about Julie

Frequently Asked Questions About Tutoring

Frequently Asked Questions About Academic Accommodation and Disability


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