The Center for Academic Resources

The Center for Academic Resources provides academic support services to all Simpson students. Our goal is to help all students become active learners who achieve success in their classes and in their future aspirations.

When you come to The Center, we listen to your individual needs and treat you with respect. Whether you are looking for guidance in academic advising, accessibility services, writing, research, studying for tests, or tutoring in a specific subject, our staff is ready to assist you. Students from all majors, with all grade points, first years through seniors take advantage of our services. We work hard to make sure you have the resources and support you need to succeed.

ACADEMIC SKILLS  Simpson College realizes that making the transition from high school to college can present challenges. We are here to help students to develop the essential skills needed to help them succeed in their classes. Academic skills sessions and workshops are available in time management, text book reading, note taking, and test taking strategies. And for those looking for a bit more direction and support, Academic Coaching could be a right choice.

RESEARCH CONSULTATIONS  Research consultations with a librarian offer expert guidance through the research process: topic selection and refinement, effective online database and web searching locating and evaluating resources, and compiling a bibliography. Walk-ins are welcome, however making an appointment guarantees time with a librarian. On the library landing page, book a librarian through Schedule a research appointment and send your library-related questions to Ask a librarian.

STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY  Student Accessibility Services is where students with documented disabilities work with the Accessibility Coordinator to develop an individualized accommodation plan that ensures equal access to the curriculum,  campus facilities, and all programs and services at Simpson College. Our goal is for students to become self-advocates, who are responsible, resilient, self-aware and engaged in the Simpson experience. To schedule a meeting with the Accessibilities Coordinator, contact Pat Kelley at pat.kelley@simpson.edu.

TUTORING  Tutoring is available in a variety of subjects. Sessions are led by peer-tutors in either one-on-one sessions or in small groups. Students can attend sessions as often as they would like. Schedules may be found online. If you have questions, please contact Kara May at 515-961-1211 or kara.may@simpson.edu.

WRITING CONSULTATIONS  Writing Consultations are opportunities for writers to analyze their work with trained peer Writing Consultants. Session topics might include responding to a prompt, creating a strong thesis or main point, developing paragraphs, incorporating evidence, and individualized editing and revision techniques. Please go to  https://simpson.mywconline.com/ to schedule a thirty minute consultation.

Hours of Operation
Regular Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

May Term

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.