Academic Support Services
Lakeland offers many Student Development services to our students, including the following:
Lakeland College advising is a collaborative process between students and faculty members based on the belief that each individual is capable of lifelong success.
Faculty advisors guide the development of students as they discover, clarify and work toward their educational and life goals. Academic advisors not only answer questions about campus resources, majors and course selection, but also assist in the development of strategies to help each student accomplish both short and long-term objectives.
Be sure to get to know your advisor and make the most of this key relationship. For more information about academic advising, send an e-mail inquiry to the advising director, Pam Engebretson, at
Hayssen Academic Resource Center
The mission of the Hayssen Academic Resource Center (HARC) is to address the academic support needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Lakeland College by providing information, skills training, and support in the areas of learning skills, critical thinking, information access, and assessment of students and their skills and competencies.
Tutoring and Academic Support
Our goal is to ensure the academic success of all Lakeland College students.
- We help students who are underprepared for the demands of a 4-year college experience to become prepared to meet those demands.
- We help students who are prepared to meet the demands of a 4-year college experience to become advanced in their studies.
- We help students who are advanced in their studies students to achieve academic excellence.
We work with all levels of students who need help, so they may be academically successful. Many students eventually become peer tutors, offering assistance to others who may benefit from this academic support service.
Our goal is to provide reasonable and effective accommodations for students who present appropriate documentation of a disability so that those students have an equal opportunity to achieve academic success and to do so in a way that is timely, respectful of the dignity of the student, and empowering for the student.
Old Main. Third Floor.
The HARC's hours are set by the general hours of Old Main. So, the ARC is open from about 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tutors are usually available starting as early as 8 a.m. and going until 7 p.m. Check our tutor schedules to find a tutor at a time that is convenient for you.
How can I study effectively in a short amount of time?
- Focus on the key points of the information and skim the details. If there's time, review the details again after you're done with all the main points.
- The important information or main points in a text will be found in the topic headings and in the first and last sentences in the paragraphs. If you only have a small amount of time, be sure to study these.
- Have someone quiz you.
- It helps to review things out loud.
- Write out flashcards. Study them during spare minutes throughout your day.
How can I became a better test taker and avoid the fear of tests?
- Review your notes after class everyday.
- Create practice tests for you with the material covered in class.
- Be prepared and study. Confidence in taking a test will come with your confidence in the material. Take a few deep breaths before the test and know that one test does not decide the rest of your life.
- Get plenty of rest the night before and eat before the test.
- Do the homework. If the homework is difficult or you find material over your head, get help before the test.
Are notes effective when studying?
- Absolutely: they are what your teacher thinks are the most important facts
- If you read your notes within a few hours of taking them, they make a lot more sense when you look at them later.
- Taking notes helps reinforce the main points.
- Notes are often more valuable than the textbook, so make sure your notes are neat and legible. Highlighting also helps.
- Yes, notes are effective. Make sure to highlight key concepts and terms. Take the notes from class and translate them into your own words so you can understand and explain concepts.
How can I success at Lakeland College through tests and class lectures?
- You must always be an active learner. Pay attention and participate in class. Even if you make mistakes, it will help you learn.
- (By looking at it as an opportunity to learn instead of "a lecture"). Keep your mind open to new ideas and concepts. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
- Be an attentive and aware student. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Instead, set realistic expectations. Don't focus on grades. Try to learn as much as you can and just have fun doing it.
- Pay attention, force yourself to be interested, go to class, and most of all, and communicate with your professors.
- Pay attention!!! Don't skip, do all of your homework, listen to what professors expect of you, start studying and writing papers early, and see tutors if necessary.
How can I take notes while listening to what instructors are saying during class?
- Anything that is repeated or written on the board is usually important.
- Put what the instructor says into your own words before writing anything down.
- Have materials ready when class begins and follow along with what the professors say is important material. Also, you can always ask the professor to slow down or repeat something. If that doesn't work, then - if permitted - bring a tape recorder to class, so you can listen and write notes at your own pace.
- You should pay attention to the lecture and try to write down the most important things. If it works for you, don't look at the teacher, just listen and write down what you consider relevant.
- Use shorthand and abbreviation to take notes.
What is the best type of environment and time of day to study?
- Study during a part of the day when you have energy and time to concentrate. The best environment to study in is one most similar to your classroom--make sure there are no distractions.
- It is different for everyone. Some people find the brightness of the day to be more suitable, while others find the evening more relaxing. It is important that the environment is comfortable and quiet.
- Try studying after lunch - when you are full and awake - in a quiet environment.
- Whenever you have free time.
- Right after class if possible
What is the most effective way to study?
- Reading notes and the book. (Also, talking to others will help).
- Try studying with one other person.
- With a purpose. Go into studying with a game plan for what you want to master, so when you are finished you feel like you've accomplished something.
- Look over homework again and re-read notes.
- Have all of your materials with you. Read chapter summaries and notes. Focus on the material covered in class and what the instructor says is important.
The Hayssen Academic Resource Center regularly sponsors workshops on a variety of academic topics, including:
- Evaluating and using web resources
- Test anxiety
- Choosing a major
- Math Anxiety
- Information Literacy
Lakeland is happy to have a significant number of international students. We encourage all students who use English as a Second Language to visit the HARC.
Basic Tips for ESL Students: Writing for an American Academic Audience
This printable handout, prepared by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, is an appropriate starting place for any ESL writer and covers the essential basics. It emphasizes the important key strategies that anyone writing in academic English should rely upon (state a thesis, use a linear structure that includes good transitions, and be direct). Its tone is both clear and encouraging.
Concepts & criteria
The Praxis Series™ Assessments provide tests and other services that states use as part of their teaching licensing certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills; The Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills; and the Praxis III® tests assess classroom performance.
For more information, visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/
To find a test site, visit: http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/cbt_dm.cfm